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Emergency Care

If your pet is having a medical emergency bring them to our hospital as soon as possible or call us at (321) 725-5365. While we can’t diagnose medical conditions or give specific medical advice over the phone, we can help you assess the situation and determine the best course of action. This also helps us be prepared for your pet’s medical needs more quickly when you arrive at the hospital.

Symptoms that may signal that your pet is having a health emergency:

  • Labored or stopped breathing

  • Discoloration of the mouth (ex: blue or red gums or tongue)

  • Large cuts or wounds that are excessively bleeding or have visible bone

  • Sudden passing out, collapse, or difficulty to get back up

  • Failure to respond or rouse when called or moved

  • A bite from an unidentified snake or insect

  • A bite from a wild animal or another pet whose vaccination history is unknown to you

  • Seizures

  • Paralysis of the back legs (especially in cats)

  • Any combination of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, staggering, difficulty urinating, and excessive panting or drooling may be signs of anaphylactic shock

  • Any combination of swelling, hives, excessive salivation, vomiting, and diarrhea may be symptoms of heatstroke

If your pet is suffering from any of the above symptoms or is displaying other severe signs of illness visit our facility in Melbourne, FL immediately. Our emergency veterinary staff is ready to help you and your pet at a moment’s notice. If you have any doubt if your pet is having an emergency, do not hesitate to call us so we can assist you in determining the urgency of your pet’s health problem.

True Emergency Care

While most other local hospitals provide minimal or no technical care overnight, we have a minimum of one experienced emergency doctor and two veterinary technicians on duty – even during the early morning hours. By law, a veterinary technician is not allowed to administer medications or perform treatments without the direction of a licensed veterinarian. Be sure your pet is receiving true emergency care by visiting the Animal Specialty & Emergency Center of Brevard.

2281 W Eau Gallie Blvd

Melbourne, FL 32935

(321) 725-5365

What You Should Do if Your Pet Is Having an Emergency

If you suspect your pet is having a medical emergency, please remain calm and follow the below steps so that you can get your pet the treatment that they need. Moving confidently, quickly, and safely can keep your pet from becoming more stressed and frightened than they already are.

  1. Get your pet to a safe location

    If your pet is injured near a potential hazard, such as roadways or a venomous snake, carefully move them to safety. Putting a soft cloth over your pet’s eyes and face may calm them down, and towels can make a makeshift stretcher that can help you move your pet.

  2. Contact our hospital

    Examine your pet and take note of their symptoms, and then call us at (321) 725-5365. A quick explanation of your pet’s health emergency can help our veterinary staff prepare to care for your pet. Upon arrival at our hospital you can provide more details about the injury or ailment your pet is suffering from.

  3. Put your pet in your vehicle

    If possible, get another adult to help you move your animal to your car. If necessary, you can provide towels or blankets to your pet to keep them comfortable on the drive over.

  4. Carefully drive to our hospital. Our staff will provide more instruction upon arrival.

Not every animal health issue may constitute a medical emergency. The information detailed above will help you assess the severity of your pet’s condition and can help determine the course of action you should take. If there is any doubt regarding your pet’s safety, please bring them to our hospital immediately. We are also able to provide guidance and assist you over the phone at (321) 725-5365.

Who Do We Treat?

We focus on critical illness and see patients who:

  • have an immediate need for emergency care – no referral is needed

  • are referred by a veterinarian for the care of a specialist, and/or emergencies or recovery services

What to Bring on Your First Visit

If we are seeing your pet for the first time:

  • Please bring any laboratory reports, blood work, biopsy report, radiographs and ultrasounds with you or have your general practice veterinarian send them over. Having these items helps our veterinarians provide a more complete and accurate diagnosis and can prevent the need for repeat testing

  • Be sure to have a list of all medications, including the strength and dosage that you are currently giving your pet.

  • A completed referral form from your general practice veterinarian (if applicable). To save time at check-in, you may also want to bring a completed check-in form.

If diagnostic testing or surgery (including endoscopy or ultrasound) is a consideration, food should be withheld after 9:00 p.m. on the evening prior to your scheduled appointment.

Our Hospital is open Monday - Friday from 5:00PM-7:00AM and 24 Hours on Saturdays and Sundays. An emergency veterinarian is always on the premises and prepared to care for your pet and speak with you about their care.

What Conditions Do We Treat?

As the first Animal Specialty & Emergency Center in Brevard County, we are have seen a wide variety of cases and our staff is knowledgeable in all areas of emergency animal medicine. Additionally, our hospital is well equipped with the latest in life-saving equipment, technology, and medicines.

Comprehensive Care

Emergency Care & Treatment – when pets face immediate distress, illness or accidents that require urgent evaluation and treatment for life threatening problems.

Specialty Care – when additional care is required by a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist or specialty services are needed such as physical rehabilitation, hyperbaric oxygen or stem cell treatments.

Should your pet have to stay at the hospital, a private visitation room is available. Read Our Visitation Policy.