Emergency Vet In Charleston, SC

Looking for an emergency vet in Charleston, SC? Search for your nearest animal hospital below.

      List of Emergency Vets in Charleston, SC

      CHARLESTON HARBOR VETERINARAINS

      ADDRESS: 280 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston SC 29403
      TEL: (843) 410-8290
      Charleston Harbor Veterinarians is a veterinary clinic on the peninsula of Charleston, SC providing top quality pet healthcare in a low stress environment. We opened in early 2015 with a vision to transform the experience of taking your pets to the vet. Easy to say, hard to do. After years of experience in veterinary practice though, Dr. Christa Kahuda had a vision and a set of common sense solutions to make it happen.

      WEST ASHLEY VETERINARY CLINIC

      ADDRESS: 840 St Andrews Boulevard, Charleston SC 29407
      TEL: (843) 571-7095
      Going to the veterinarian should not be a stressful experience for your pet, so the vets and staff at West Ashley Veterinary Clinic make it our goal to provide outstanding veterinary medical care with an unprecedented level of comfort. Leading the way with our service quality and fear-free philosophy, we serve pets and their people from West Ashley, the Peninsula, James Island, and Mt. Pleasant.

      CHARLESTON VETERINARY REFERRAL CENTER

      ADDRESS: 3484 Shelby Ray Court, Charleston SC 29414
      TEL: (843) 614-8387
      Welcome to Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. We are the most advanced and comprehensive specialty and emergency referral practice in the Southeastern U.S., having attained Level I Certification from the prestigious Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and making it one of a select few Level I Certified Veterinary Hospitals in the nation.


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      Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

      Has your pet experienced some kind of trauma and in need in emergency care? Here are some of the signs to look when determining whether your pet needs an emergency vet:

      • Pale gums
      • Rapid breathing
      • Weak or rapid pulse
      • Change in body temperature
      • Difficulty standing
      • Apparent paralysis
      • Loss of consciousness
      • Seizures
      • Excessive bleeding

      How To Handle Your Injured Pet

      It is possible that your pet can act aggressively when they’ve been injured. It’s important to be careful how you handle them for their safety and your own.

      For Dogs:

      • Be calm and go slow when approaching.
      • If your dog appears aggressive, get someone to help you.
      • Fashion a makeshift stretcher and carefully lift your dog onto it.
      • Support their neck and back as you move them in case of spinal injuries.

      For Cats:

      • Cover your cats head gently with a towel, to prevent them from biting you.
      • Very carefully, lift your cat into its carrier or a box.
      • Support their neck and back as you move them in case of spinal injuries.

      First Aid Treatment At Home

      Depending on the situation, there are some actions you can take at home to stabalize your pet before transporting them to an emergency vet.

      Bleeding:

      • If your pet is bleeding externally due to a trauma, apply pressure to the wound quickly and hold it there.
      • If possible, elevate the injury.

      Choking:

      • If your pet is choking on a foreign object, put your fingers in their mouth and try to remove the blockage.
      • If you’re unable to remove the blockage, perform a modified version of the Heimlich manouver by giving a sharp blow to their chest.

      CPR:

      • If your pet is unconcious and unresponsive, you may need to perform CPR.
      • First, check if your pet is breathing and if they have a heartbeat. If you cannot find either, start chest compressions.
      • Perform 30 chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths. Repeat this until your pet starts breathing on their own again.
      • To give a rescue breath, close your pets mouth and extend their neck to open the airway. Place your mouth over your pets nose and exhale until you see your pets chest rise.
      • Check for a heartbeat every 2 minutes.
      • Continue giving your pet CPR until you reach an emergency vet.