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Emergency & Urgent Care

Pet emergencies can be scary, so it’s only natural that you want to ensure that your pet receives the best emergency care as quickly as possible. Knowing what to do in certain circumstances can help ease your fears to be more beneficial and helpful in their care!

Your Philly Vet Art City Vets Philadelphia Emergency Urgent Care

We are not accepting new exotic clients at this time.

If you are experiencing an emergency or serious issue involving the health of your pet, please contact our staff at Art City Vets immediately. We prefer a call in advance if possible for walk-ins during general practice hours.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 8am-7pm, lobby open until 8pm

Saturday: 8am-5pm, lobby open until 6pm

Sunday: 8am-3pm, lobby open until 4pm

What to expect when I come to Urgent Care: 

  1. After you check in at reception, you will receive a call from our medical staff at (215)-563-8387 to obtain a history.

  2. Once a doctor is ready for the exam, medical staff will come out and bring your pet back to treatment.

  3. Once your pet is back in treatment, you are welcome to wait in the lobby or within 5-10 mins of the building. Please keep your phone's ring on high volume so you don't miss a call from our medical staff. This is how we will stay in contact with you about your pet.

Wait time can very due to emergency cases. 

When To Seek Emergency Veterinary Care

  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period

  • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more

  • Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging

  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine

  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes

  • Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool

  • Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)

  • Seizures and/or staggering

  • Unconsciousness

  • Open wounds or lacerations

  • Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)

  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety

  • Heat stress or heatstroke

  • You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous

New Parvo Treatment Available

Recently, the USDA conditionally approved a groundbreaking new treatment option for parvovirus. This disease is a common cause of severe illness and mortality in young puppies. While this disease is highly preventable with vaccination, some puppies are exposed before they can develop their own immunity from vaccines.


While parvovirus can have an 80-90% survival rate, it's only with intensive hospitalization, sometimes for days or weeks, costing families thousands of dollars. Dogs that are not able to get treatment will almost always die and are often euthanized.


This new treatment is showing great promise, and massively reduces the amount and intensity of care needed, reducing hospitalization times or even avoiding hospitalization if treated early. The one-time injectable treatment can be done alongside standard supportive care in dogs that test positive.


The response is best with early treatment, so please call us if your pet needs care!

Emergency FAQs

What do you do if your animal is having an emergency?

In case of a pet emergency, contact your nearest emergency veterinary clinic immediately. 

What symptoms are considered a pet emergency?

Symptoms of a pet emergency may include difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, seizures, uncontrolled vomiting or diarrhea, sudden lethargy, trauma, or any sign of extreme pain or distress.

What is urgent in a dog?

Urgent concerns in dogs may include sudden changes in behavior, appetite, or energy levels, as well as symptoms such as limping, and persistent coughing.

For After Hour Emergencies

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