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If you have an emergency, you can reach one of our on-call doctors by calling our answering service at (803) 401-5972, if it is during office hours you can call our office at (803) 438-1223, or you can contact South Carolina Veterinary Emergency Care at (803) 798-3837 or www.scvec.com
WHEN IS IT AN EMERGENCY?
Most pet "parents" have been in a situation like this: Buster slipped on the way down the stairs and now he's walking with a limp. It's 11:00 at night should you call your veterinarian, or are you just being a worrywart?
You're never wrong to call
If you're concerned about your pet, you should never feel embarrassed about calling Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. VMS is an AAHA accredited facility and offers 24 hour access to emergency care.
You know your pet better than anyone else. If you notice your pet behaving in a way that's unusual for him/her, or if something just doesn't seem right you may have picked up on a subtle sign of a real problem. To find out you can call our answering service or SCVEC. By asking a few questions over the phone, the veterinarian on call should be able to tell you whether you should bring your pet in right away, or whether she/he can wait for an examination during normal office hours. Even if you find out nothing's wrong, you'll be glad to have your mind at ease.
What to do if it's an emergency
If you notice any of the symptoms above or you suspect a serious problem, try to get directly in touch with a veterinary professional.
Your first step is to call your veterinarian. All AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals will either have someone answering the phone 24-hours a day or will have a recorded message referring you to a 24-hour emergency hospital.
Once you decide to bring your pet in for emergency treatment, make sure you know where you're going and how to get there safely. If you have any questions about directions on how to move your ill or injured pet, call the hospital and ask.
Keep your veterinarian's name and number on an emergency sheet near the phone, right next to the numbers for your doctor, fire department, and poison-control hotline. If your veterinarian refers evening and weekend emergencies to another hospital, write down that hospital's name and number too, as well as what hours your doctor refers cases there. This way, if an emergency catches you off guard, you won't have to file through drawers or folders looking for business cards. This way, if an emergency catches you off guard, you won’t have to file through drawers or folders looking for business cards. You may also want to have a list of pet first aid tips easily accessible, along with guidelines for human first aid.
If you’re taking your pet along on a trip, you can find AAHA-accredited hospitals in the area you’ll be visiting by using the Hospital Locator.