Emergency Services

Emergency Veterinary Care in BethesdaEmergency Referral Facilities

The life of a veterinarian is all about providing the best preventive and wellness care as well as ensuring your pet is supported by the best emergency care possible, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Kenwood Animal Hospital understands medical emergencies for a beloved pet can, and often do, happen outside of normal business hours. To best meet all your pet's needs, we work to make certain that you have access to 24/7 emergency care.

During our regular business hours Kenwood Animal Hospital's medical staff and resources are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. This includes our internal medicine expertise, diagnostic technology and surgical suite. If possible, please call in advance at (301) 654-3000 so we can prepare for your arrival.

For emergencies that occur outside of our regular hospital hours, we refer our clients to the following emergency facilities:

Metropolitan Emergency Animal Clinic
12100 Nebel Street
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 770-5225

Friendship Hospital for Animals
4105 Brandywine St., NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 363-7300

Southpaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center
8500 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 752-9100

When Should I Seek Emergency Care for My Pet?

The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute abdominal swelling
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Seizures
  • Sudden onset of weakness/collapse
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
  • Unable to urinate or defecate

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