Emergency Service

Providing Emergency Care to Pets for Over 30 Years

The St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinics offer a broad spectrum of services including emergency and critical patient monitoring, radiology, laboratory services, and surgery.

Our doctors are trained to provide care for a broad spectrum of presenting problems. Our most common diseases or injuries include: gastroenteritis, parvovirus, gastric dilatation and volvulus, foreign body ingestion, dystocia, pyometra, seizures, back pain or intervertebral disk disease, vestibular disease, lacerations, abscesses, allergic reactions, snake bites, various toxins (including rodenticides, permethrin, drug ingestion, and ethylene glycol), trauma, renal failure, congestive heart failure, feline urinary obstruction, diabetics management, neoplasias, head trauma and coagulopathies.

Medical Procedures

The St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinic staff is trained to perform a variety of medical procedures including CPR, chest tube placement, oxygen therapy, thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, pericardiocentesis, blood product transfusions, drug administration, fluid therapy, urinary catheterizations, splint placements, wound debridement and closure, hip luxation replacement, elbow luxation repair, various bandage placement, gastric lavage, emesis induction, feeding tube placement, heat support, blood glucose monitoring, medical care and isolation of infectious disease patients, nebulization and coupage therapy as well as many other life-saving treatments and procedures.


The St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinic staff is trained to perform a variety of diagnostic procedures including measurement of intraocular pressure, diagnostic thoracocentesis, diagnostic abdominocentesis, blood pressure assessment, laboratory blood analysis, urinalysis, electocardiograms, X-rays, barium studies, central venous pressure monitoring, cystourethorgram, as well as many other procedures.

Laboratory Testing

Both of the St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinics are equipped with a full laboratory capable of performing complete blood counts, diagnostic chemistry testing, blood typing, blood product cross-matching, activated clotting times, buccal mucosa bleeding times, evaluation of blood smears, packed cell volumes and total solids, heartworm testing, feline aids and feline leukemia testing and urinalysis testing. Additional specialized tests can be sent out to other diagnostic laboratories as needed.


The St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinics are equipped to provide radiographic services. Radiographs, commonly known as “X-rays” are commonly done as a diagnostic tool to evaluate heart, lung, abdominal or limb problems. Additional radiographic procedures including barium studies and cystourethogram studies can be performed at both clinic locations. Digital radiography is also available at both of our locations, and all radiographs are reviewed by a Board Certified Radiologist.


Each of the St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinics is equipped with a surgical suite. Our doctors are capable of performing emergency surgeries including gastric and intestinal foreign body removal, gastropexy surgeries to treat “bloat”, bladder stone removal, cesarean sections, emergency ovariohysterectomies, emergency hernia repairs, laceration repairs, enculeations, as well as many other surgical procedures.


The St. Louis Animal Emergency clinics are equipped and trained to provide full range of anesthetic services. Anesthesia is required for surgical procedures. Special anesthetic monitoring equipment is also available including electrocardiogram, capnometry, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and body temperature monitoring.

Blood Transfusions

The St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinic runs the St. Louis Animal Blood Bank. We are able to draw and administer packed red blood cells and plasma to dogs. One of our clinic locations houses several feline blood donors to provide emergency blood transfusion to our feline patients at both locations.

Endoscopic Services

Each of the St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinics is equipped with an endoscope that can be used for removal of foreign objects from the esophagus and stomach of dogs and cats.