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Emergency Veterinary Care

For any pet emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs, reach out to vets at Olympia Pet Emergency or Columbia River Veterinary Specialists.

Daytime Emergency Care

Contact Columbia River Veterinary Specialists

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends
& Holidays

Call: (360) 694-3007

After-Hours Emergency Care

Contact Olympia Pet Emergency

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends
& Holidays

Call: (360) 455-5155

Emergency Veterinary Services

Is your pet experiencing any symptoms or behaviors that you are concerned about? Contact our office right away, or the after-hours emergency pet hospital location listed above. 

Our dependable and compassionate team at Tumwater Veterinary Hospital offers veterinary care for pets in most emergency situations. Animals are our passion, and we take pride in providing quality medical care when your pet needs it most. 

Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency

If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.

  • Call Ahead If Possible - During regular business hours call us right away. After hours, call the emergency animal hospital listed above to let them know you are on the way.
  • Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, instructions may be provided to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable. Follow these instructions carefully.
  • Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra careful around your pet. When an animal is in pain they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and could bite or scratch.
  • Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to our Tumwater veterinary clinic or the after-hours emergency vet location above.

Emergency FAQs

Below are our most frequently asked questions our clients have asked about bringing pets in for an emergency appointment at Tumwater Veterinary Hospital

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    Tumwater Veterinary Hospital provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours.

    While it's always best to contact us in advance if you can, we understand this may not always be possible in emergency situations. 

    If we are not able to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend visiting the after-hours emergency vet location listed above. 

  • When is your clinic open?

    Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:

    • Monday: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Tuesday: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Wednesday: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Thursday: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Friday: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Saturday: 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
    • Sunday: Closed

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    These situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:

    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
    • Unconsciousness
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Our Tumwater animal hospital is just like a human doctor's office—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait. 

    We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive. If possible, call ahead to find out whether we are able to provide emergency care for your dog or cat.

    If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend that you visit the 24/7 animal emergency hospital detailed above. 

  • What types of animals do you treat?

    Our emergency veterinarians are experienced with cats and dogs. 

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New Patients Welcome

Tumwater Veterinary Hospital is welcoming new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Tumwater companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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(360) 754-6008