Chesterfield Veterinary Emergencies

Emergencies never seem to occur during convenient hours of the day.
If your life is like ours, you are very busy during the day tending to work and family and in the evening you just want to wind down with your loved ones.

In the midst of all of this activity, your pet suffers a mystery illness or injury and you need your veterinarian to be available right away, not the next day.

chesterfield pet 911Chesterfield Veterinary Center believes that an important part of being your family's veterinarian is making sure you are covered 24 hours per day/seven days per week with access to emergency care. During our regular business hours our fully trained doctors and technicians are equipped to handle most emergency situations. We do ask that you call prior to coming in, if possible, so that we can be prepared for your arrival or refer you to an emergency veterinary practice if your pet is suffering a particularly severe emergency.

For after-hours emergency care we offer 24-hour emergency support through our Emergency Helpline, which is manned by a doctor or technician at all hours. For emergency support, please call us at: (314) 266-9838.

Emergency Referrals

If you have trouble getting through on our emergency helpline or feel that your emergency is of a critical nature, we refer our clients to the following emergency specialty practices:

Veterinary Specialty Services
1021 Howard George Drive
Manchester, MO 63021
636-227-9400
www.vssstl.com

Midwest Veterinary Referral Services
17497 North Outer 40 Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63005
636-536-4991
www.midwestvetreferral.com

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