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We Are Prepared For Your Next Pet Emergency

Experiencing a pet emergency? Call: 301-368-6262

Metropolitan Emergency & Specialty Center knows the importance of recognizing when your pet needs emergency care. Here are some warning signs that an animal may require hospitalization:

  • Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Changes in pulse (weak or fast)
  • Changes in your pet’s temperature
  • Difficulty moving or standing
  • Pale gums
  • Dry mouth
  • Thick saliva
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

These symptoms could arise from an injury, choking, dehydration, heat stroke, poisoning, or some other harmful condition.

What You Should Do If You Have A Pet Emergency

Perform these procedures on your pet, and contact us right away. If these measures do not work, bring your pet to us immediately. It’s always a good idea to call first.


If your pet has swallowed something poisonous, call the National Animal Poison Control Center at (800) 548-2423. A qualified toxicologist can help you determine what to do based on breed, age, the substance swallowed, and other factors. Please note: There is a $65 charge for this service.


If your pet is bleeding from an injury, put pressure on the wound and elevate it if possible.

Bee Sting

If your pet has been stung by a bee, scrape the stinger out with something rigid if it is still lodged in the skin. Put cool compresses on the area where your pet has been stung. You can make a paste with baking soda and water and put it on the sting as well.


If your pet faints, keep the head down and lift the legs to help blood reach the brain. After you do this, seek help immediately. Diagnostic tests may be needed to begin treating a life-threatening condition.


Contact Us

Metropolitan Animal Emergency and Specialty Center


11503 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852

Clinic Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year