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When Is It An Emergency?

How To Tell When Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

When your pet is experiencing a crisis you, need immediate assistance from an animal hospital near me. Sometimes, it is hard to tell whether you need emergency care or if it can wait. The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt is ready to assist your pet in emergencies. Our veterinarian has years of experience providing emergency pet care services, including pet surgery, to residents of Summerfield, NC, and the surrounding areas.

Obvious Cases

Sometimes, it is obvious your pet needs emergency care. These situations include severe illness, sudden changes in behavior, and severe bodily injury. If you suspect broken bones, or if there is excessive bleeding, you need emergency care and may need pet surgery. If your pet has eaten or drank something poisonous, you should come in for immediate assistance whether there are symptoms or not. Bleeding from the mouth or the rectum should also be considered an emergency.


When your pet is sick or has had a minor injury, it may not be clear whether emergency care is needed. Some symptoms to look for include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Fast heartbeat, or weak pulse
  • Unstable on their feet, falling
  • Seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Unconsciousness

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, we will help you determine the best course of action.

Veterinarian in Summerfield, NC

The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, NC, is here to help your pet in times of need. In an emergency, there is no time to waste. Call us immediately and let us know you are on the way and what your pet's condition is. Our veterinarian will assess the situation and perform pet surgery if necessary. For a reliable animal hospital near me, call us at (336) 643-2229.


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Feedback from our clients

  • "I have been taking my 16 year old lab, Oscar, to this vet since he came to me in 2004, and I wouldn't take any of my dogs anywhere else! They are so wonderful with both pets and people. I would recommend any of the doctors and staff to anyone."
    Erin H
  • "We have been going to another vet for years. We wanted to have our year old Wheaten Terrier, Rylee spayed by laparoscopy so she would have less pain and be back to her usual activity in 2-3 days instead of 10-14 days. Our vet does the traditional spay. We had a consult meet and greet with Dr. Courtney Pierce. She answered all our questions and so friendly and professional. They have a state of the art OR suite. Rylee did great. On post op day three she spotted a squirrel and did an all out chase with no ill effects! All the staff were great."
    Linda A
  • "I love Dr. Jernigan at AHLB and would never take my dog anywhere else! The staff is excellent with animals and always professional, courteous and respectful to owners. I have trusted this animal hospital for all of my dog's care, including check ups, surgeries (she's had three!) and for boarding when we have to go out of town. Every experience I have had here has been wonderful and I highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a veterinary office for their furry children!."
    Avery C