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.  

Integrity

At VHA we live by a code of high ethical standards, honesty, and integrity. We treat each other with dignity, respect, and follow the Golden Rule. We have a great responsibility to our clients and our veterinary colleagues to provide the best services possible, and we hold ourselves accountable to deliver nothing less. We live by our word; we work with pride and do the right thing even when no one is looking.

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