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Emergency & Urgent Care For Small Animals

Petroglyph Animal Hospital has a veterinarian and personnel on duty 7 days a week after hours until 9:00pm who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. If you are an existing regular client and have an after hours emergency prior to 9:00pm, please call our emergency pager: 250-714-1362. Make sure you are calling from a phone that accepts calls from a private number. Please wait by your phone for a veterinarian to return your call. If you do not get a call within 10 minutes, please page again.


If your emergency is after 9:00pm please contact or proceed immediately to the Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital.Their phone number is: 250-933-0913 and their address is: 650 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC. Here is a link to their website that contains more information as well as a map for directions on how to get there:


Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and one technician working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such a rat bait poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call, then come in immediately during our regular office hours. If possible, it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.


We are also available for urgent care during our regular office hours when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.