Critical Care in Pasadena

We understand emergencies can strike at the most inconvenient times. If you're concerned about your pet, you can contact us at (410) 317-2028. While we can provide critical care to established patients in some situations, we recommend contacting one of the emergency hospitals listed below for immediate emergency care. These hospitals are also available after hours, so your pet won't have to wait for treatment.

Dog at emergency vet clinic

What Indicates an Animal Emergency

Due to natural instinct, cats and dogs hide pain and discomfort quite well. Consequently, it can be hard to tell if they're having an emergency. Still, there are some definite indicators. Most importantly, if your pet has suffered a life threatening injury or you suspect they've ingested a toxic substance, call or visit one of the referral emergency hospitals listed above.

Signs of an animal emergency include:

  • Your pet is having difficulty breathing, including gagging and wheezing.
  • Blood is seen in your pet's vomit or stool.
  • Your pet has been vomiting for over 12 hours.
  • Diarrhea has been a problem for over 24 hours.
  • Your pregnant pet has been in labor for over three hours.
  • Their abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch.
  • They're having trouble urinating.

If Your Pet Ingests a Toxic Substance

Many household items, including plants and foods, are toxic to cats and dogs. While these items may be harmless to humans, they may be poisonous to pets. Since we're unable to note the exhaustive list, please refer to for a complete dictionary of toxic substances. In addition to it's thoroughness, the site lists substances' level of toxicity. If your pet is vomiting, is having seizures, or has diarrhea, or you suspect they've ingested any toxin, call their hotline. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) can be reached at (888) 426-4435.

Never hesitate to take action if you think your pet is having an emergency. Contact us for more information today!

Dr. Ashley and his staff are awesome! We take our 2 doberman's here for care and the staff are so friendly and nice. We won't go anywhere else for care. They are amazing!
-Beth W.