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Emergency Veterinary Care

We make every effort to accommodate emergencies during our regular hours at Yates Veterinary Hospital. To ensure your pet is looked after in a timely manner for emergencies, there are instances where we may need to refer to a local emergency hospital.

(519) 539-4771

Daytime Emergency Care

Yates Veterinary Hospital

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Call: (519) 539-4771

After-Hours Emergency Care

Contact Burlington Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: (905) 637-8111

Emergency Veterinary Services

We make every effort to accommodate emergencies during our regular clinic hours.

To ensure your pet is looked after in a timely manner for emergencies, there are instances where we may need to refer to a local emergency hospital. We are passionate about the care of your pets, and we take pride in providing the care they need. 

You can contact our office right away, or the after-hours emergency pet hospital location listed above.

Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency

If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.

  • Call Ahead If Possible - Call us right away during regular business hours. If an incident is occurring after hours, call the emergency animal hospital listed above to notify them that you are on the way. 
  • Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, you may receive instructions to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable as possible. Carefully follow these instructions.  
  • 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 our Woodstock veterinary clinic or the after-hours emergency vet location above.

Emergency FAQs

Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Yates Veterinary Hospital

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    Yates Veterinary Hospital provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours. It's always best to contact us in advance if you can, but we understand that in emergency situations that's not always possible. 

    If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit the after-hours emergency vet location shown above. 

  • When is your clinic open?

    Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:

    • Monday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Tuesday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Wednesday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Thursday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Friday: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: Closed

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:

    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Unconsciousness
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Our animal hospital in Woodstock is much like a human doctor's office — the environment can be unpredictable and you may need to wait. 

    We are not able to predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive. If possible, call ahead to find out whether we are able to provide emergency care for your dog or cat.

    If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend that you visit the 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. At Yates Veterinary Hospital we provide overnight care for animals in need.

    While in our care, our dedicated team will treat your pet as if they were our own.

  • What types of animals do you treat?

    Our emergency veterinarians are mostly experienced with cats and dogs, but will see other small animals, such as birds and rodents, in serious situations. 

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