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.  

Compassion

Our culture is built on a heartfelt compassion for our patients and their owners. We are animal people with a passion for helping others and healing pets. We embrace and understand the human-animal bond and empathize with our pet parents’ concerns for their most cherished family members. We care deeply, and we show that with our words and actions. We are here for both of them, owners and pets--that is the VHA Way. It matters not how much we know, unless they first know how much we care.

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