Emergency Services

Office-Hours Emergency Services: (843) 379-7387
After-Hours Emergency Services: (843) 263-3030
The life of a veterinarian is about providing the best preventive and wellness care, as well as ensuring your pets are supported by the best emergency care possible, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Port Royal Veterinary Hospital understands medical emergencies for a beloved pet can, and often do, happen outside of normal business hours. This is why we work to make sure our clients have access to 24/7 emergency care.

During our regular business hours, Port Royal Veterinary Hospital medical staff and resources are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. This includes our internal medicine expertise, diagnostic technology, and surgical suite. If possible, please call in advance at (843) 379-7387 so we can prepare for your arrival.
For emergencies that occur outside our regular hospital hours, one of our veterinarians remains on-call at (843) 263-3030 for emergency procedures. In the rare instances where our veterinarians are not available, we refer clients to the following emergency facilities:

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

(843) 614-8387
3484 Shelby Ray Court
Charleston, SC 29414
Open 24/7

Savannah Veterinary Emergency Clinic

(912) 355-6113
335 Stephenson Ave
Savannah, GA 31405
Monday - Friday: 6pm - 8am
Saturday noon to Monday 8am


The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Acute abdominal swelling

  • Electric shock

  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea

  • Bleeding

  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke

  • Seizures

  • Sudden onset of weakness

  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)

  • Unable to urinate or defecate

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