Pet Emergency

At Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center, we understand pet emergencies don’t happen on a convenient schedule and offer emergency vet care during our regular business hours. If you have any medical questions or concerns after hours, you can still reach a veterinary professional with our GuardianVets partners by calling our hospital through our main number, (802) 773-2779.

If it is a medical emergency, they will refer you to one of the following clinics listed below.

rutland staff holding a brown dog

Pet Poison Hotline


If your pet has ingested any foreign substance, we recommend calling The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately. They will be able to assist you immediately and provide a recommendation on the level of care that your pet needs. *Fee applies. If you do need further assistance, please call us at 802-773-2779 or see the emergency locations below if it is after our regular business hours.

Recognizing an Emergency

Just as with any condition, a quick prognosis is ideal for positive, healthy outcomes. If ever you think your pet needs medical care, don’t hesitate to call us at 802-773-2779. You’ll always be able to talk with a trained professional who will help determine whether or not your pet needs to be seen.

Here are some clear signs that your pet needs urgent veterinary care:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Choking or difficulty breathing
  • Inability to urinate or defecate
  • Ingestion of a known toxin
  • Heatstroke or hypothermia
  • Seizures
  • Lameness
  • Eye injury
  • Encounter with a wild animal
  • Trauma injury, such as being hit by a car or falling from a great height
  • Bleeding from the nose, mouth, or rectum
  • Suspected fractures
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Labor lasting longer than an hour

If possible, please call us before you bring your pet in. This helps us be prepared for your visit so we can serve you promptly.

Having An After-Hours Emergency

Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists

1417 Marshall Ave
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 773-2779
Open 24/7
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Upstate Veterinary Specialists

152 Sparrowbush Rd
Latham, NY 12110
Open 24/7
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Small Animal Veterinary Emergency & Specialty

63 Evans Dr
Lebanon, NH 03766
Open 24/7
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Veterinary Emergency & Surgical Hospital

175 NH-125
Brentwood, NH 03833
Open 24/7
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