Emergency Care

If your pet is in need of emergency veterinary care please call us immediately

Intensive Care

Emergency Triage

Experienced Team

Emergency Care When You Need It

Pet Emergency Clinic has a compassionate team of veterinarians and staff with extensive experience in emergency and critical care. We are well equipped and ready to help your pets with everything from minor injuries to severe trauma and acute sickness.

We provide your regular veterinarian a complete report on the treatment your pet received as well as its medical status and needs for any follow-up care.

We are available when your vet is closed on nights, weekends and all major holidays.

What is an Emergency?

Sometimes it is hard to tell what is an emergency. Here is a list of common emergencies we see. Please call with questions anytime.

  • Difficulty Breathing – Noisy breathing, blue tongue, gasping for breath.
  • Bleeding That Does Not Stop – Apply pressure with a clean cloth and bring your pet to a veterinarian immediately.
  • Bloated or Distended Abdomen – Swollen or painful abdomen with or without vomiting.
  • Inability to Urinate or Move Bowels – Pet strains or experiences bloody or painful discharge.
  • Heatstroke – Heavy Panting, extreme weakness, body temperature above 104 degrees.
  • Inability to Deliver Kittens or Puppies – More than 2 hours between deliveries or more than 15 minutes of active straining with no baby.
  • Loss of Balance or Consciousness – Tremors, coma, staggering, convulsions, tilting of the head, sudden blindness and/or fainting.
  • Seizure – If there have been more than 3 seizures in 24 hours or if any seizure lasts more than 5 minutes.
  • Major Trauma, Injury or Shock – Any animal that has been hit by a car, has penetrating wounds, possible broken bones, collapses, has shallow breathing, or dilated pupils.
  • Poisoning – Remember to bring the container if possible.
  • Lameness – Inability to bear weight on any limb. Even though this may not be an emergency, we can often give medication for pain or splint fractures to prevent the injury from worsening.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea – With blood, continuous, and/or violent episodes.
  • Allergic Reactions – Hives and/or swollen eyes.

What To Do In An Emergency


Remain Calm.

We know this can be really hard when you are worried. When you are calm, you can focus on getting your pet the help they need.


Call your Veterinarian.

If they are not available, call us at


Be Careful.

Even loving pets may bite when in pain or scared.


Drive Safely

We Are Here
To Help!

Pet Emergency Clinic of Pitt County wants to be more than your first call in an emergency, we want to be part of your health care family.



Weeknights: 6pm-8am
Weekends: 24 hours
Holidays: 24 hours

Due to increased case volume, our wait times can become very extended. If you are not sure if your pet needs to be seen right away or have questions you hope to have answered for during your wait, we have partnered with two companies to help you assess your pet’s medical situation and needs. Click the link to learn more. Thank you for your continued support.
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