Central Florida's 24-hour Emergency Care and Specialty Referral Center

What is an Emergency?

An emergency is an accident or sudden illness.  

Your regular veterinarian should treat an illness that does not have a sudden onset. Routine vaccinations, worming, neutering, etc. will not be performed at VHA’s Emergency Center.  

It is an emergency if you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet:  

  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Persistent cough
  • Persistent sneezing
  • Pale gums
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Straining to urinate
  • Abnormal nasal discharge
  • Labored breathing
  • Sudden, severe lameness
  • Convulsive seizure
  • Bitch in prolonged labor
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Bleeding
  • Injury
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hit by Car
  • Severe facial swelling and/or hives
 

 

If you notice any of these signs, call us at (863) 324-3340 immediately! We see emergencies 24 hours a day and all signs of emergencies should be treated accordingly. Do not wait for the condition to worsen.  

Communication

Clear communication is the foundation of our success. We are in a partnership with our clients, referring veterinarians and ourselves. Open communication is king. We listen, we ask questions, we explain, we educate, and we make sure there is understanding. We may use many forms of communication from verbal, written, or email to internet and social media, but the message that must always be heard is that we understand, and we care.

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