An emergency is an acute situation, critical or life threatening, requiring immediate attention by a veterinarian. If your pet experiences any of the following symptoms after we close, call Emergency Pet Hospital of Craven-Carteret at 252-444-1399. See special note regarding poison.

  • Trauma/shock/broken bones from an accident or serious injury
  • Profuse, uncontrollable bleeding
  • Breathing difficulty/anaphylactic shock
  • Collapse/heat stroke
  • Laceration or wound exposing internal organ or bone
  • Injury to the eye
  • Allergic reactions
  • Burns
  • Bloat (evidenced by drooling, pacing, non-productive vomiting, swollen abdomen)
  • Severe diarrhea and/or persistent vomiting
  • Seizures (particularly those recurring repeatedly)
  • Inability to urinate
  • Poisoning *** If you believe your pet has ingested or been exposed something poisonous, do not wait for symptoms to occur. Call either of the two 24-hour hotlines: Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 ($35 per call) or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 ($65 per call). They will instruct you as to what to do. Please have a credit card number available, as there is a charge for their assistance. They will also give you a case number that you will need to write down in the event your pet needs to go to the vet. Click here to visit the Pet Poison Helpline webpage for more information.

The following condition are NOT life threatening and should be managed during regular hospital hours as symptoms occur.

  • Intermittent diarrhea/vomiting
  • Lameness
  • Cold-like symptoms: sneezing, occasional wheezing, runny eyes, coughing
  • Ear infections
  • Itching/hot spots/raw skin
  • Blood in urine/frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Bite wound/abscesses
  • Flea/Tick problems
  • Skunk encounters

Please do not wait for a minor problem to become a major one. Call us during our normal business hours when your pet first shows signs of not being well.