York Veterinary Hospital

4628 George Washington Memorial Highway
Yorktown, VA 23692



What is an Emergency?


Medical conditions that should be referred to an emergency clinic if we are unable to treat includes (other situations may apply):

  • Pet is un-responsive
  • Trauma: Hit by car, crush injuries, degloving injuries, head trauma, burns, serious wounds from
  • altercations with other animals
  • Respiratory distress
  • Heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure
  • Fluid build-up in chest, abdomen, or around heart
  • Poisoning (ingestion of toxic substances)
  • Envenomation (snake bite, spider bite, bee and/or wasp stings)
  • Seizures
  • Immune mediated diseases
  • Bleeding – Clotting disorders
  • Bloat / foreign body ingestion
  • Sepsis (severe infection)
  • Unable to urinate – difficulty urinating / crying out while urinating
  • Dehydration – severe diarrhea / vomiting
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Chemotherapy reactions

Emergency center treatments may include: Emergency surgery, IV fluid therapy, pain management, blood transfusion, mechanical ventilation (respirators) or administration of oxygen, CPR and post-resuscitation life support, blood work – blood gas analysis, blood pressure monitoring and control, wound management, advanced observation and nursing care.