Pet Urgent and Emergency Care

Traumatic situations with your pet can be difficult to face on your own. Knowing who to call or where you can receive urgent pet care can take the stress out of pet emergencies. If you live in Knoxville or the nearby communities, contact Callahan Drive Animal Hospital for urgent pet care. You can trust Dr. Hilla and our team to respond quickly and give your pet the veterinary treatment they need to help restore their health. Although we do not offer care 24/7, we can provide the help your pet needs during normal hours. 

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When to See an Emergency Veterinarian

It can be extremely difficult to make rational decisions in the midst of an emergency. That’s why you should have our phone number readily available so you can get immediate help. Your vet can help you determine if your pet’s situation requires urgent or emergency care so you can bring them to our animal hospital right away. If your pet is experiencing the following symptoms as a result of an accident or unforeseen health issue, we recommend seeking emergency care:

    • seizures

    • persistent vomiting or diarrhea

    • open wounds due to an accident or animal attack

    • ingestion of toxic substances or swallowing a foreign body

    • difficulty breathing or swallowing

    • abdominal bloating

    • paralysis

    • excessive bleeding

    • refusal to eat or drink for an entire day

Anytime your pet appears to be in pain or in a life-threatening situation, you should seek the assistance of your veterinarian. We'll evaluate and diagnose your pet's condition so they can get the services they need to recover their health.

How to Handle a Pet Emergency

The most important thing to remember in the midst of a pet emergency is to stay calm. You can’t make rational decisions in an anxious or fearful state. If your pet is in danger, such as in the middle of the road, carefully move them to safety. Then contact your vet as soon as possible to convey the details of what's happened to your pet. This gives us time to prepare for your arrival.

Over the phone, your emergency vet can assess your pet's symptoms to determine if they require immediate care. If so, we'll recommend you bring them to our clinic immediately for emergency treatment. We may also give you instructions on how to help your pet until you can get them to our facility for emergency care. When in doubt, it’s best to err on the side of caution and seek veterinary assistance for situations out of your control. Your pet’s life could depend on your prompt and decisive action to get professional medical care.

See Our Veterinarian for Emergency Pet Care in Knoxville, TN

For prompt and efficient urgent and emergency care services for your beloved pet, contact Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville today at 865-938-0243. Although we do not offer care 24/7, we can provide the help your pet needs during normal hours.


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I love Callahan Drive Animal Hospital! Best Veterinarian & Staff in Knoxville been going here for 15 years ! Only place I trust with my fur babies ! Everyone is helpful and friendly and they really care about your animals highly recommend !"
    Tracy S.
  • "Took my 3 y/o tortoise recently and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the vet knowledgeable and kind, but the overall visit (including an x-ray) was reasonably priced. I definitely recommend and I will be returning for future services"
    Valerie B.
  • "This group loves animals! Everyone is so kind and helpful! This Vet loves sharing information too! Wouldn’t go anywhere else!"
    Karen W.
  • "This is the best vet I’ve ever took my dog to I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else they took very good care of my son and I feel so much better knowing exactly what’s wrong with him very very sweet staff thank you soooooooo much Dr.Hilla and staff"
    Diane J.
  • "Doc Villa ALWAYS takes care of Studly Dudley!! I will ALWAYS recommend Callahan Drive Animal Hospital & their entire team as they truly do care for your animal in the same way you do!! Dr Villa has cared for Dudley for most of his SIXTEEN years & he’s still happy, healthy & strong!! I strongly believe, Stud has made it to this old age so gracefully due to the care he’s been given with this facility!! I would not trust another team than Callahan Animal with my “first child”, the only place for us to go!! Highly recommended!!"
    Lauren H.
  • "10/10 experience was even better than hoped for. As a snake owner, you hear things about vets that make you question taking them and it was very comforting and nice to have someone who not only helped but took the time to talk about caring for them properly. Thank you guys so much!"
    Lydia B