Lakewood Animal Hospital

Daytime Emergency Vet Care in Locust Grove

We accept pet emergencies by appointment only. Please call us at 540-972-2203 to confirm if we can get your pet a same-day appointment. If we can not see your pet, we will refer you to an emergency pet hospital. Please see the "After Hours Emergency Vet" section below.

After Hours Emergency Vet

We do not check phone messages or e-mail after hours, on weekends, or on holidays! For non-emergencies, please leave a message and we will respond on our next business day.

In the event we are closed and your pet is experiencing an emergency, please call or visit the follow emergency vet facilities:

* Please call any facility you are considering using to check on their availability prior to heading over to the facility.

Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services (VETSS) - Charlottesville
1540 Airport Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Friendship Animal Hospital - D.C.
4105 Brandywine Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20016

Virginia Veterinary Centers (VVC) - Richmond
3312 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

* Due to a national shortage of veterinary staff, emergency facilities are experiencing periodic closures. Hours of operation may change quickly/frequently. Some facilities may only see daytime emergencies or nighttime emergencies.

Emergency FAQs

Lakewood Animal Hospital - Pet Emergency Services

What is the difference between urgent and emergency?

Patients in need of urgent care are suffering from injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening. Emergency care is needed for injuries and illnesses that could be life threatening. At Lakewood, we also consider conditions which are extremely painful, even if not life-threatening, an emergency.

Does Lakewood offer both types of care?

We offer both urgent and emergency care, however we are NOT a 24-hour facility and do not have specialists here at Lakewood. We can treat some emergency patients here and stabilize some for transport to a larger facility. We recommend other pets go straight to a larger facility. These 24-hour facilities are in Charlottesville, Richmond, or Northern Virginia so we encourage owners to call us so we can help triage your pet and direct you to the most appropriate facility for your pet’s needs.

Urgent Symptoms

These patients should generally be seen in the next 1-2 days. If your pet is ever struggling to breathe, weak, not able to stand, or crying or yelping in pain, they should be seen immediately.

  • Shaking head or pawing at ears
  • Licking feet or other body part frequently or intensely
  • Scratching excessively
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing without any difficulty breathing
  • Limping
  • Ocular symptoms including green/yellow discharge, but NOT holding the eye shut or pawing at it
  • Vomiting and diarrhea, but still eating well, active, and able to keep food down
  • Wounds which are small, not bleeding, and not bothering your pet

Emergency Symptoms

These pets should be seen immediately/today.

  • Bite wounds from fighting
  • Bleeding from anywhere including the nose, mouth, wounds, or anus
  • Blindness which is sudden
  • Breathing hard or fast, breathing with increased effort, difficulty breathing, or open mouth breathing (panting) in a cat
  • Ingestion of foreign objects or possible toxic substances or medications
  • Ocular symptoms including pawing at the eye, red eye, cloudy eye, blinking excessively, or holding an eye partially closed
  • Pregnant animals straining to deliver puppies/kittens (we can help triage these pets but we refer out most of our dystocia patients and c-sections)
  • Seizures, loss of balance, sudden mental changes
  • Sudden swelling especially around the face, eyes, neck, feet, joints, or a swollen belly
  • Vocalizing or yelping in pain
  • Coughing with difficulty breathing, lethargy, or not eating well
  • Limping and not using the leg much, lethargic, or vocalizing in pain
  • Urinary symptoms including straining to urinate, urinating frequently, urinating blood, vocalizing during urination
  • Vomiting and diarrhea along with lethargy, not eating well, or not keeping food or water down
  • Wounds which are large, bleeding, oozing discharge, or otherwise bothering your pet

Poison Control

If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, please call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC)* at 888-426-4435 right away. The APCC is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency and they are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

You may also contact the Pet Poison Helpline* at 855-764-7661.

Using CareCredit® for Emergency Pet Care

Emergency pet care can be expensive, and it's not always easy to come up with the funds on short notice. That's where CareCredit® for pets comes in. At Lakewood Animal Hospital, we accept CareCredit®, a healthcare credit card that can be used to cover the costs of emergency pet care. It offers special financing options and low monthly payments, making it easier to manage the cost of your pet's emergency care.

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We are conveniently located in the Marketplace at Lake of the Woods shopping center directly across from the Lake of the Woods front entrance in Locust Grove, VA.

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