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Animal Emergency CareAfter-Hours Emergency Care

If a client calls one of our main numbers with an emergency after hours, he / she will be asked to "press 1" and the call will automatically go to the local animal emergency clinic. If the situation is not urgent and a client wishes to to speak to Dr. Clarkson, Dr. Anderson, or Dr. Whitesell, they are on-call for phone consultations until 11 p.m. each night. A voice prompt on our system routes you directly to the on-call doctor.

When to Seek Emergency Veterinary Care

The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for a 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 out emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute abdominal swelling
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Repetitive and prolonged seizures
  • Snake bites
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
  • Unable to urinate or defecate

Referral Policy

We feel very strongly about referring our patients to specialists when advanced care is needed. Our goal is to ensure your pet receives the highest level of care regardless of who provides it. We are fortunate enough to have Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Blue Pearl and Oakland Veterinary Referral Specialists – and others – nearby.