Emergency Veterinary Care

When Care Can't Wait for Your Richmond Pet

Medical emergencies for a beloved pet can, and often do, happen outside of normal business hours. To best meet all your pet's needs, we work to make sure you have access to the best 24/7 pet emergency care that Richmond has to offer.

During regular business hours, the medical staff and resources at Locke A. Taylor Veterinary Hospital are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. If possible, please call (804) 262-8629 in advance so we can prepare for your arrival.

For after-business-hours emergencies, there are several emergency-center options in nearby locations. We often refer clients to two nearby emergency facilities:

Veterinary Referral and Care
1596 Hockett Road
Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

Dogwood Specialty Center
5918 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

When to Seek Emergency Care for Your Dog or Cat

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)
  • Unable to urinate or defecate