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Emergency Care

Due to the COVID pandemic, there has been a dramatic uptick in the number of people adding pets to their households. This has caused an significant increase in pet owners seeking care for their pets, resulting in appointments for wellness services booking out weeks to months.

Because of this, our Emergency Department is experiencing an exponential increase in clients seeking pets care for non urgent/stable conditions such as ear infections and skin conditions. We do our very best to examine and treat all pets who arrive for care, but there may be situations where wait times are prolonged due to the veterinary team caring for critically ill pets who need life saving measures.

We understand that, regardless of the circumstances, bringing your pet in for emergency care can be stressful and scary. Here is what to expect when seeking care for your furry family member through our Emergency Service:

All pets arriving for emergency care will be assessed by a veterinary team member upon arrival, you will then be placed on our wait list. Pets are examined by our Emergency Doctors based on severity of illness NOT in order of arrival.

  • There are three PRIORITY LEVELS we use to categorize pets after assessment:
    • PRIORITY 1-Life Saving Measures Needed Immediately
      • Examples: Poisoning, heat stroke, seizures, inability to urinate, major trauma
    • PRIORITY 2-Wait Times May Apply
      • Examples: Closed fractures, blood in urine, vomiting and/or diarrhea
    • PRIORITY 3-Not Life Threatening; Wait Times May Be Prolonged
      • Examples: Limping, minor wounds/lacerations, skin conditions, sore ears

Please advise a team member if you feel your pet’s condition has changed while waiting.


ASPCA Poison Control: 1-800-213-6680 (Phones Open 24/7)

Pet Poison Control 1-888-426-4435  (Phones Open 24/7)

Other Local Emergency Veterinary Hospitals

Animal Emergency and Trauma Center (Poulsbo): 360-697-7771

Uptown Animal Hospital (Gig Harbor): 253-851-7387

Wait Time Information

Please call us at 360-692-6162 for VCA Central Kitsap current wait times. 

You can view wait times for Western Washington Emergency Veterinarians on Instagram at @ervetsofwesternwashington

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