In Case of Emergency

posted: by: Dawn, RVT Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

It always seems like your pet gets sick or hurt at the worst times: a night, on the weekend, or on a holiday.  And regular veterinary offices are usually closed at those times.


Suburban Animal Clinic recommends you see a qualified emergency care facility for emergencies.  Many emergency situations require diagnostic testing (blood work, radiographs) and continuous monitoring.  For continuity of care, this is better done at a 24 hour facility where veterinarians and technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


The fees at emergency clinics are higher than those at regular veterinary offices.  This is not only because of 24/7 staffing and nursing care, but also they typically have equipment not available at regular veterinary offices, such as ultrasound, endoscopy, and other laboratory services (more so than most veterinary clinics).  Some facilities also have specialists on staff to evaluate your pet when necessary.   MedVet and Capital Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Columbus, Ohio, both accept major credit cards and CareCredit (


Emergency facilities are equipped to handle a variety of emergency situations quickly and efficiently.  Your pet will be triaged just like when you visit an emergency room.  Staff will take a thorough history and perform a physical exam, then recommend necessary tests and/or treatment.  Often they will advise that you follow-up with your regular veterinarian once your pet is discharged.  The emergency clinics we recommend routinely communicate with us about our patients.


There may also be rare times when, during regular business hours, we recommend you take your pet to an emergency clinic rather than being seen in our office.  This may be either due to us being exceptionally full with appointments (and your pet would receive prompt emergency care at an emergency facility), or the veterinarian is concerned your pet may need hospitalization and continuous monitoring, evaluation by a specialist, or even emergency surgery, which may not be able to be provided in our office.


Suburban Animal Clinic recommends the following Emergency Clinics in central Ohio:


MedVet (

614-846-5800 300

E. Wilson Bridge Road

Worthington, OH 43085


Capital Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (


5230 Renner Road

Columbus, OH 43228


Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University (


601 Vernon L Tharp Street

Columbus, OH 43210


Veterinary Medical Center at Dublin (branch of Ohio State University) (


5020 Bradenton Avenue

Dublin, OH 43017


Suburban Animal Clinic is located in West Columbus off I-70 near I-270. Suburban Animal Clinic serves Galloway, Hilltop, West Side, Georgesville, West Jefferson, Grove CityGrandviewUpper Arlington (including OSU Campus area), Hilliard and Dublin.