Emergency Vet Care in Grifton, NC

Pet emergencies are stressful events that can happen at any time. If your pet is sick or injured and needs to see a vet immediately, don’t hesitate to contact us if our hospital is open at (252) 524-3384. Our team will make your pet’s care their highest priority.

Dr. Heath and her team also offer customized First Aid Emergency as part of your pet’s complete wellness plan. Contact us for more information!

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After-Hours Emergency Vets

For emergencies that occur outside of our office hours, we strongly recommend that you reach out to Pet Emergency Clinic of Pitt County or Points East Veterinary Specialty Hospital.

Pet Emergency Clinic of Pitt County
3210 South Evans St
Greenville, NC 27834

Points East Veterinary Specialty Hospital
4935 Raleigh Road Parkway West
Wilson, NC 27896

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What is an Emergency?

Know when you need to act. Below are the most common indicators of a pet emergency, but the signs may be more subtle depending on the situation. If you’re not sure, call our hospital or the referral emergency vet for advice on what to do. We hope your pet never has an emergency, but we’ll do everything we can to help if the need arises.


  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent, uncontrolled bleeding
  • A bloated or distended abdomen
  • Unable to urinate or defecate
  • Fever
  • Heavy panting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • 3 more more seizures in 24 hours, or a seizure that lasts 5 minutes or longer
  • Major trauma (hit by a car, fell from a high place, has possible broken bones)
  • Ingested a toxin
  • Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea; blood in stool/vomit
  • Face and eyes are swollen (allergic reaction)
  • Lameness

Poison Control

If you are ever in doubt about whether or not your pet ingested something poisonous, call the Animal Poison Control Center right away at (888) 426-4435!

Many food items that are safe for humans can be toxic to dogs and cats, and many things that are safe for dogs may not be safe for cats (and vice versa). If you are concerned that your pet has ingested something that could harm them, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can help! For more information about this organization or about common pet poisons, visit their website.

Pet First Aid

Download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app to get veterinary advice about everyday pet emergencies. The app offers videos, quizzes, and step-by-step tips on pet first aid, and it also includes emergency preparedness information. Click here to get more information and download the app.

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