Pet Emergency Services

Emergency situations with your pet can be stressful and emotional. We’re here to help. At Elk Grove Veterinary Emergency and Specialty, our caring, experienced staff is available round the clock to assist you with pet emergencies. When your pet is sick or injured in the middle of the night or on a weekend when your primary care veterinary facility is closed, you need not wait until the following morning, get care for your pet – just give us a call.

We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Some of the areas of emergency care provided by our staff include:

Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies:

These include congestive heart failure, respiratory distress, fluid in the chest cavity (pleural effusions), chest trauma or airway obstructions (choking, potentially caused by a foreign object). Provision of oxygen therapy, administration of intravenous drugs, relief of airway obstruction, and draining fluid from the chest (thoracentesis) can often be life-saving in these cases.

Vomiting or Diarrhea:

Vomiting can in some cases indicate serious illness such as pancreatitis, liver disease, kidney failure, gastrointestinal obstruction, viral or bacterial infections, and more. Diarrhea can have several underlying causes, some of which can be very serious. Severe vomiting or diarrhea can quickly lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Correction of dehydration and electrolyte disorders, as well as injectable medications for nausea and vomiting, can help relieve your pet’s nausea and malaise.

Toxic Ingestion:

Medications, home and garden products, poisonous plants, and certain food items (grapes, raisins, chocolate) can frequently cause illness due to toxicity. Toxicity is treated in multiple ways. Induction of vomiting with injectable medications is used when indicated. Additional detoxification measures can be taken including intravenous fluid therapy and toxin-specific antidote treatment when available. These are important measures to successfully treat toxic ingestions.

Foreign Object Ingestion:

Gastrointestinal obstruction due to foreign object ingestion may require emergency surgery. For items in the esophagus or stomach, endoscopy may be utilized for retrieval. Your pet will often be assessed through diagnostic imaging before the best route of treatment is determined.

Urinary Disorders, Urinary Obstruction:

Urinary infections may have a sudden onset. While not a life-threatening problem, they can make your pet very uncomfortable. Urinary obstruction (inability to pass urine) should be treated as an emergency situation and can be caused by urinary stones, or urethral plugs associated with feline lower urinary tract disease.


Sudden onset of seizure activity, cluster seizures (multiple seizures) or status epilepticus (ongoing seizure activity) should be treated as an emergency. Potential underlying causes may include head trauma, toxicity, primary epilepsy, infections of the central nervous system, and growths in the brain. Inpatient care is often required for patients with cluster seizures and status epilepticus.

Weakness or Collapse:

These symptoms may result from circulatory problems, severe internal hemorrhage or hemolytic anemia, or neurologic disease. Attention is needed to ascertain the underlying problem and provide immediate supportive care as needed.


Vehicular trauma and bite wounds are two of the most common trauma emergencies for companion animals. Trauma patients must be stabilized with supportive measures such as intravenous fluids, pain relief and oxygen therapy, and definitive treatment of wounds, fractures and internal injuries.

Abnormal Parturition:

When expecting moms are having difficulty birthing, medical or surgical intervention may be needed.

If you feel your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us at 847-584-0200 right away.