Emergency Care

Please call Animal Medical Clinic at 651-690-1564 during regular business hours or the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota at 651-293-1800 or 651-501-3766 on weekends,evenings and holidays.

Please do not hesitate to call if you think your pet is ill. Early treatment can mean the difference between life and death.

Emergency Warning Signs

  • BLEEDING
    Bleeding from any part of the body. Blood in the urine or stool.

  • VOMITING OR DIARRHEA
    Many repeated episodes in a short period or intermittently over a period of days or weeks

  • CONVULSIONS
    Violent shaking of the head or body with uncontrolled spasms.

  • LETHARGY
    Lack of normal tolerance for exercise, reduced energy or playfulness or disinterest in food or water.

  • PAIN
    Limping or favoring a leg, crying or showing signs of pain when touched.

  • EYE PROBLEMS
    Redness, discharge, squinting, film over the eye, foreign object in eye or difficulty seeing.

  • WEIGHT LOSS
    Dramatic unexplained loss in body weight or gradual weight loss over weeks or months.

  • LUMPS OR BUMPS
    Any lump(s) that are bleeding or growing noticeably larger.

  • CHANGES IN APPETITE
    Refusing food or eating significantly more or less than normal.

  • SCRATCHING
    Frequently scratching or biting any body area; pawing at face or ears, shaking or tilting the head.

  • CHANGES IN THIRST OR URINATION
    Drinking and urinating more, straining to urinate or any changes in your pets elimination habits.

  • COUGHING OR BREATHING TROUBLES
    Coughing, shortness of breath, any difficulty breathing.

Emergency Hospital Information

Animal Emergency and Referral Center St. Paul

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN    

651-293-1800

1542 7th St W, St. Paul, MN 55012
(located 2 blocks east of 35E)
Open 24 hours all year

Animal Emergency and Referral Center Oakdale Location

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN    

651-501-3766

1163 Helmo Ave N., Oakdale, MN 55128
Open 24 hours all year

  • The Animal Emergency Clinic is a fully equipped emergency hospital organized by a group of Twin Cities veterinarians who wish to provide their clients with quality veterinary care during hours when most individual clinics are closed.
  • The hospital has well trained, professional staff. The veterinarian is available and on the premises during all operating hours.
  • The emergency facility does not perform routine procedures such as vaccinations. Any non-emergency conditions discovered in the course of examination or treatment will be brought to your attention for treatment by your regular veterinarian.
  • Please call before coming to the emergency clinic.
  • On many occasions the clinic experiences several emergencies at once. The most critical animals will be seen first. Please be patient if you are asked to wait a short time.


In an Emergency:

  • Don't panic. Remember, your pet's well-being depends on you.
  • Call your veterinarian or emergency clinic, immediately.
  • Handle your pet with care. An animal in pain will bite. Muzzling may be necessary for your own safety.
  • Control any bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound.
  • Transport your pet carefully using a blanket or stretcher. Find someone to help you transport your pet, if needed.

Remember, prevention is better than any cure. Keep your home and yard safe for your pet. Potentially harmful objects, such as brittle bones or toys that can be swallowed and poisonous materials such as household cleaners, medicines, insecticides and antifreeze, should be kept out of reach.  Ask your veterinarian for more information about basic animal first aid and how to handle emergency situations involving your pet.  Be prepared by obtaining a small first aid kit.