Veterinary Emergency Referrals
Our Clackamas veterinary team is not able to attend to veterinary emergencies. If your pet is experiencing a health issue that requires urgent attention, we advise that you contact one of the emergency veterinary hospitals below as soon as possible.
If you are worried about a health issue your pet may be experiencing, but it is not an emergency, then contact us and book an appointment so we can assess your pet and provide a diagnosis and treatment.
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital
OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays
Call: (503) 228-7281
Cascade Veterinary Referral Center
OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays
Call: (503) 684-1800
Is your pet displaying any symptoms or behaviors that are causing you concern? Contact one of the two trusted emergency pet hospital locations listed above for immediate care.
While our vets are not able to provide urgent or emergency services to pets, we trust the professionals at the two hospitals listed above to ensure the health, well-being and long life of your beloved dog or cat.
Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency
Are you experiencing a veterinary emergency? Follow these steps.
- Call Ahead If Possible - Call an emergency veterinary hospital right away. Let them know that you are on your way, and answer any questions they may have about your pet's condition.
- Follow Instructions Provided - When you call the emergency pet hospital, staff may provide instructions to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable as possible. Follow any instructions carefully.
- Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra cautious around your pet. When an animal is in pain they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and may bite or scratch.
- Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to a Clackamas emergency veterinary clinic such as one of the two featured above.
These are some of the most frequently asked questions the team at Clackamas Pet Clinic has received from clients about veterinary emergencies.
- Do you offer emergency services?
Unfortunately, Clackamas Pet Clinic is not able to offer services to pets in emergency medical situations.
If your companion is experiencing a veterinary emergency, we recommend that you contact one of the emergency hospitals listed above to receive high-quality urgent care.
- When is your clinic open?
Our veterinarians see urgent cases up until 4 pm on weekdays.
However, we do not treat emergency cases and instead advise that pet owners experiencing a veterinary emergency bring their pets to one of the emergency hospitals listed above.
- What situations require emergency veterinary care?
The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
- Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
- Fractured bones or severe lameness
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
- Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Seizures and/or staggering
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
Similar to a human doctor's office, emergency rooms at our Clackamas vet hospitals can be unpredictable and you may need to wait.
It is difficult for the veterinarians at emergency hospitals to predict which cases we will see and when they will arrive. If possible, call ahead to find out whether they are able to provide emergency care for your cat or dog.
- What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?
Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. Many emergency veterinary hospitals in the Clackamas area provide overnight care for animals in need.