Emergency

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Your Emergency and Critical Care Can Be Met Right Here

Veterinary Referral Associates provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our specially trained veterinarians, technicians and administrative staff provide emergency pet care 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 301-926-3300. We are located at 500 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.

While your general practice veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in handling emergency and critical care for your pet. An emergency and critical care specialist typically works in tandem with your general practice veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

A residency trained or board certified specialist in emergency and critical care is a veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in treating life-threatening conditions. An emergency and critical care specialist can help in many types of cases, including:

  • Traumatic injuries of all kinds
  • Exposure or ingestion of toxic substances
  • Transfusion therapy involving blood products including red blood cells, plasma, albumin and platelets
  • Coma or severe seizures
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Animals in shock
  • Diabetic crises
  • Acute or severe illness

While your general practice veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in handling emergency and critical care in order to provide the best outcome for your pet. An emergency and critical care specialist typically works in tandem with your general practice veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until your pet’s emergency is resolved. Many situations can be considered an animal emergency, including:

  • Difficulty breathing or severe coughing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object, drug, poison, or unknown substance
  • Bleeding or unexplained bruising
  • Blood in vomit, feces, or urine
  • Severe vomiting, retching, or diarrhea
  • Swollen, hard, or painful abdomen
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Prolonged heat exposure, overheating, or heat stroke
  • Serious wound
  • Suspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Signs of extreme pain
  • Prolonged or difficult labor
  • Snake bite