Emergency Services

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When Care Can't Wait

The veterinary team at Matthews Animal Clinic is wholly committed to ensuring your pet has access to the best care possible - at any time, on any day - especially in the event of an emergency. During our regular business hours, the medical staff and resources of Matthews Animal Clinic are available to aid your pet's emergency care; if possible please call (704) 847-9856 in advance so we can prepare for your arrival.

The team at Matthews Animal Clinic also fully understands, however, that health emergencies may occur unexpectedly, outside of regular hospital hours. Should your pet experience an emergency outside our business hours, we recommend the following 24-hour emergency facility:

Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency/CARE
3726 Latrobe Drive
Charlotte, NC 28211

Carolina Veterinary Specialists
4099 Campus Ridge Road
Matthews, NC 28104

Skyline Veterinary Specialists
2440 Plantation Center Drive
Matthews, NC 28105

Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG)
4716-A Sharon Road, Suite A
Charlotte, N.C. 28210
980 880-6062

Signs Your Pet Needs Urgent Care

The prospect of determining whether your pet needs emergency assistance can be overwhelming and frightening. That's why the medical team at Matthews Animal Clinic advises you not to hesitate; contact us immediately in the event you feel your pet's medical condition is serious and cannot wait. You can also consult the following list of symptoms to help determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet. We suggest considering emergency care if your pet exhibits any of the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Labored or noisy breathing
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Seizures or collapse
  • Ingestion of toxins or foreign objects
  • Inability or difficulty walking
  • Trauma such as bite wounds or being hit by a car
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Distension of the abdomen
  • Abnormal behavior