After-Hours Emergency Care
Contact UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services
OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays
Call: (352) 512-0886
Emergency Veterinary Services
If your pet is experiencing a veterinary emergency, or exhibiting concerning behavior, either call our veterinary center right away or contact the after-hours emergency pet hospital listed above.
The reliable and compassionate team at Paddock Park Animal Care Center offers veterinary care for pets in most emergency situations. Animals are our passion, 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, following these steps:
- Call Ahead If Possible - During our regular veterinary center hours, call us immediately. If your emergency is outside of those hours, call the emergency hospital listed above to let them know that you are on the way.
- Follow Instructions Provided - When calling an emergency pet hospital, they may provide you with instructions to help keep your pet safe, apply first aid, or make them more comfortable. Make sure you follow these instructions very 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 Ocala veterinary clinic or the after-hours emergency vet location above.
Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Paddock Park Animal Care Center.
- Do I need to call ahead?
At Paddock Park Animal Care Center, we provide emergency and urgent care for dogs and cats during our regular clinic hours. It is always best to call us in advance if you are able, but we know that in emergency situations, that's not always possible.
If we can't fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that your visit the emergency vet location listed above.
- When is your clinic open?
Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:
- Monday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
- Tuesday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
- Wednesday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
- Thursday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
- Friday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
- Saturday: 07:30 am - 02:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed
- What situations require emergency veterinary care?
The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:
- Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- 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)
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- Fractured bones or severe lameness
- Seizures and/or staggering
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
Our Ocala animal hospital is just like a human doctor's office—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait.
We aren't able to predict which cases we will be able to see and when they will arrive. So, whenever 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 happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?
Some veterinary emergencies will require intensive overnight care. At Paddock Park Animal Care Center, we provide overnight medical boarding for animals who require it.
While in our care, our dedicated team will treat your pet as if they were our own.
- What types of animals do you treat?
Our emergency veterinarians are mostly experienced with cats and dogs, but will see other small animals, such as birds and rodents, in serious situations.