Emergency Care & Referrals
At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians and staff understand that medical emergencies for a beloved pet can, and often do, happen outside of normal business hours. This is why we work hard to ensure our clients have access to 24/7 emergency care.
During our regular business hours, our veterinary staff and resources are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. If possible, please call in advance so we can prepare for your arrival.
For veterinary care needs which occur outside of regular hospital hours, calls can either be forwarded to an evening on-call veterinarian (until 9 pm). Alternatively, your call may be referred to a local emergency clinic. We refer most emergencies that occur outside of regular hospital hours to Animal Emergency and Trauma Center.
980 NE Reliance Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370
For birds and exotic animal emergencies:
4241 State Hwy 3W
3316 56th Street Suite 104
Gig Harbor, WA 983635
This is your best resource for any possible poison or toxin-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please call this number immediately if you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance. A veterinary toxicologist will let you know whether or not you need to seek emergency veterinary care for your pet. They will also consult with your veterinarian to discuss what steps should be taken to achieve the best possible outcome for your pet. A consultation fee may be charged.
When Should I Seek Emergency Care for My Pet?
The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:
- Difficulty breathing
- Acute abdominal swelling
- Electric shock
- Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
- Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
- Sudden onset of weakness
- High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
- Inability to urinate or defecate
- Any blunt force or sharp trauma (Fight wounds, being hit by a car or subject of a fall are some examples)