When minutes matter, your pet needs an emergency care center.

If your pet is having an emergency and our office is closed, we have partnered with Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville.

Emergency services at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville are available 24/7.

If your pet is experiencing an emergency after our business hours, please call (865) 693-4440 or go directly to:

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville
10213 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

If your pet’s need is non-urgent, we do have an answering machine for your convenience, and will return messages the following morning (or on Mondays for messages left on Sundays).

What is a pet medical emergency?

We understand that pet emergencies may not always be easy to identify. Common signs of emergencies that shouldn’t wait for medical attention are:

  • Trauma: severe bite wounds, broken bones, burns, deep cuts, electric shock, heatstroke, frostbite, hypothermia, hit by car.
  • Difficulty breathing: short or shallow breath, increased effort, gagging, choking.
  • Weakness, inability to walk, disorientation, lameness, limping, or sudden collapse.
  • First-time seizure, seizures lasting more than three minutes, or multiple seizures.
  • Vomiting, vomiting blood, non-productive retching/vomiting, or swollen or distended abdomen.
  • Allergic reactions including swelling, rashes, or itching.
  • Excessive or persistent bleeding.
  • Inability or straining to urinate, inability or straining to have a bowel movement, or presence of blood in urine or stool.
  • Diabetic animals refusing food.
  • Pregnant animals in labor for more than one hour without delivering, or for more than 3-4 hours between delivering.
  • Signs of pain such as whining, shaking, hiding, or dull behavior.
  • Sudden, drastic changes in behavior, appetite, elimination habits.
  • Recent ingestion of minor foreign material or toxin (if showing no clinical signs).
  • Evidence of worms, or fleas.
  • Lumps.
  • Facial swelling, licking, or scratching.