Emergency Vet in Little Rock
Having a Pet Emergency? Call (501) 224-3784
At Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists, we offer emergency services for cats and dogs. If your pet is experiencing any concerning behaviors or symptoms, get to our veterinary hospital right away. Call ahead if you can.Call 501-224-3784
What To Do In A Pet Emergency
Knowing what to expect when you get to our hospital will help make the process easier for you and your pet.
STEP 1 Call Us Ahead If You Can
We know you may not be able to contact us in advance during an emergency, but if you are able it’s always best. If you have time in advance, you can also complete our New Patient Form.
STEP 2 Get To Our Emergency Vet Immediately
When you arrive we'll show you into an exam room and ask you to complete our New Patient Form (if you have not already done so). A veterinary technician will triage your pet, and then an emergency veterinarian will complete a full exam of your pet.
STEP 3 Determine Course of Treatment
Once your pet has been assessed, your veterinarian will develop a treatment plan so your pet can receive the best possible care. Our in-house lab and diagnostic tools will help us diagnose your pet's symptoms and start treatment as soon as possible.
Animal Emergency Q & A
In situations that require immediate attention, or could potentially be life-threatening, your pet needs emergency veterinary care.
- What is considered an emergency?
The following situations are considered emergencies, and require immediate care. If your pet has had an accident or is experiencing any of these symptoms get them to our office straight away.
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Choking, difficulty breathing or continuous coughing/gagging
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- You know or suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; more than two episodes in 24-hours
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- What emergency services do you offer?
Our emergency clinic offers state-of-the-art emergency care for your four-legged family members and is equipped to provide hospitalization, specialized diagnostics, and complete surgical services.
- Do I need to call ahead?
It always is best to call us ahead if you can, but we understand that in emergency situations that's not always possible.
If the situation does not allow time for you to call, please do not hesitate to bring your pet to our clinic for immediate attention.
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
A veterinary emergency hospital is just like a human emergency department—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait.
We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive, but we will prioritize cases by their medical needs.
We provide a comfortable area for waiting and we will do our best to keep you updated about wait times and the status of your pet.
- Will you keep in touch with our primary care veterinarian?
Yes, we keep your primary care veterinarian updated with your pet’s medical history and files to ensure seamless, integrated care.
From Our Clients
"You were all so kind, caring and friendly from the phone call to picking him up after Briggs surgery was a great experience. I would highly recommend y’all to anyone needing your services. Thank you for being so good with Briggs and taking such good care of him! Thanks for making me feel better the whole time I was there and when when I came to pick him up!"