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At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, 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 at both our Port Hadlock and Port Townsend locations are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. If possible, please call in advance so we can prepare for your arrival.

We have an on-call veterinarian available most nights until 10 p.m. to consult existing clients about possible emergencies, but we refer most emergencies that occur outside our regular hospital hours to one of the following emergency facilities:

VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital

2238 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Suite 100
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 692-6162

Animal Emergency and Trauma Center

320 Lindvig Way
Poulsbo, WA 98370
(360) 697-7771

For birds and exotic animal emergencies:

All Creatures Animal Hospital

4241 State Hwy 3W
Bremerton, WA
(360) 377-3801

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

(888) 426-4435

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
  • Bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Seizures
  • Sudden onset of weakness
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
  • Inability to urinate or defecate