Emergency Vet in Rock Hill
Having a Pet Emergency in Rock Hill, SC?
Any time that you are unable to reach your primary care veterinarian - nights and weekends - we are here to help. At Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Rock Hill, our South Carolina emergency veterinarians are specially trained in emergency and critical care.
What to Do in a Pet Emergency
Emergencies can arise suddenly, but knowing what to expect when you arrive at our emergency veterinary clinic will make the process easier for both you and your pet.
Call Ahead if Possible
We know pet emergencies often happen in minutes and that you may not have time to call us in advance, but it's always ideal if you can. If you do have the opportunity, you can also complete our New Patient Form.
Get to Our Emergency Animal Hospital Immediately
A member of our team will escort you to an exam room and you'll be asked to fill out our New Patient Form if you have not already done so. Your pet will be triaged by a veterinary technician before being fully examined.
Once your pet has been assessed by a veterinarian, they will develop a treatment plan so your pet can receive the best possible care. We'll update your pet's primary care veterinarian with your pet's medical history and files to ensure seamless, integrated care.
Pet Emergency FAQs
In situations that require immediate attention or could potentially be life-threatening, we provide emergency veterinary care.
- What is considered an emergency?
These situations are considered emergencies and as such, require immediate care. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms or has had an accident, bring them to our office immediately:
- Continuous coughing/gagging, choking, or difficulty breathing
- Staggering and/or seizures
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Obvious signs of extreme anxiety or pain
- Bleeding from mouth, nose, rectum, or blood in urine
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
- Heatstroke or heat stress
- Severe lameness, fractured bones, or inability to move leg(s)
- You know or suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as rodent poison, chocolate, xylitol, antifreeze, etc.)
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; more than two episodes in 24-hours
- What emergency services do you offer?
We offer advanced state-of-the-art care for your four-legged family members at our emergency clinic. We are equipped to provide specialized diagnostics, complete surgical services, and hospitalization.
- Do I need to call ahead?
While it's always best to call us ahead if possible, we understand that emergency situations can develop quickly and there may not always be time to do so.
If the situation prevents you from calling, please do not hesitate to bring your pet to our clinic for immediate attention.
- When is your emergency clinic open?
We are open only nights and weekends.
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
A veterinary emergency hospital operates similar to a human emergency department—the amount of time you'll need to wait can be unpredictable.
We cannot anticipate which cases will arrive and when they will come in, but cases will be prioritized based on medical needs.
You will be able to take a seat in our comfortable waiting area, and we will do our best to keep you updated regarding wait times and your pet's status.
- Will you keep our primary care veterinarian up to date?
Yes, we keep in touch with your primary care veterinarian regarding your pet’s medical history and files to ensure seamless, integrated care.