What’s Emergency vs Urgent Care?

What is veterinary urgent care?

A veterinary urgent care clinic is intended to provide ‘stop gap’ treatment for your pet when they have a developing medical issue and your primary care vet is unable to see your pet in a timely manner and the issue or concern is not considered life-threatening.

Examples of cases seen by an urgent care clinic:

  • Ear infection
  • Simple vomiting or diarrhea
  • Minor lacerations
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Acute lameness
  • Quality of life assessment
  • And other common medical conditions your primary care vet would normally see

Is Urgent Care the same as Emergency Care?

No. Urgent care is commonly limited to outpatient care. Emergency care is typically for patients with a life-threatening injury or illness that requires more extensive treatment and hospitalization.

How do I know if my pet’s condition is ‘Urgent’ or an “Emergency”?

Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. Sometimes what appears to be a case of simple vomiting or GI distress can turn out to be a life-threatening condition.

Please call us and we can help you determine if your pet’s condition requires urgent or emergency care.