Emergency Veterinary Clinics in Knightdale
If your dog or cat is experiencing any symptoms of a veterinary emergency or is in need of urgent care, contact one of the veterinary emergency clinics below.
Contact Wake Veterinary Hospital
OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays
Call: (919) 266-9852
Contact BluePearl Pet Hospital
OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays
Call: (919) 861-0109
Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency
If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.
- Call Ahead If Possible - Call the emergency animal hospital listed above to let them know you are on the way so they can be prepared when you arrive.
- Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, instructions may be provided to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable. Follow these instructions carefully.
- Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra careful around your pet. When an animal is in pain they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and could bite or scratch.
- Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to one of the emergency vet locations above.
Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Smithfield Road Veterinary Hospital, PLLC.
- Do I need to call ahead?
Due to the current overwhelming demand for our standard veterinary services our vets at Smithfield Road Veterinary Hospital, PLLC are unable to accept walk-in patients.
Please call ahead to ensure that we are able to fit your pet into our appointment schedule.
For urgent veterinary care please call the emergency animal hospital listed above to request further instructions and to let them know you are on your way.
- When is your clinic open?
Our vets are unable to see walk-in cases at this time, but does see patients by appointment during our regular business hours:
- Monday: 08:00 am - 05:30 pm
- Tuesday: 08:00 am - 05:30 pm
- Wednesday: 08:00 am - 05:30 pm
- Thursday: 08:00 am - 05:30 pm
- Friday: 08:00 am - 05:30 pm
- Saturday: 08:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed
- What situations require emergency veterinary care?
The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Fractured bones or severe lameness
- Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
Emergency care veterinarians are just like human emergency hospitals—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait.
It is essential to call ahead to find out whether the emergency hospital will be able to provide same-day care for your dog or cat.
If they can't fit your pet into their appointment schedule we recommend contacting the other 24/7 animal emergency hospital detailed above.
- What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?
Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. If your pet requires overnight care the veterinary professional caring for your animal will be able to advise you about suitable overnight arrangements.