Emergency and Out of Hours Care

Should your pet require emergency care during regular hospital hours, please call the clinic at 705 446-0261 or proceed directly to our hospital. Our priority is to treat the most critical patients first. Should you require emergency or urgent care out of regular office hours, please contact Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic (HVEC) at 705 722-0377 or click the link below for more information. You may also proceed directly to HVEC without an appointment, but calling ahead will allow them to prepare for your visit. They are are open 24 hours/day 365 days/year and are always prepared and fully staffed for emergency situations. Records of your pet's visit will be sent to our hospital the next business day.

Please familiarize yourself with our after hours arrangements to avoid stress and confusion in the event of a pet emergency. Our hospital is not staffed overnight and we believe that a fully staffed hospital will provide the best care your furry family member should they require emergency surgery or hospitalization when we are not open.

HVEC 705-722-0377

HVEC has moved to serve you better! The new emergency hospital is now located at 391 Dunlop St West (where the Keg use to be)

Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic 391 Dunlop St West Barrie Ontario

"A hospitalized pet, should be a supervised pet"

How is an Emergency Veterinary Hospital Different from a Day Practice?

To be licensed as a 24 hour emergency hospital under CVO guidelines, there must be trained professional staff on the premises at all times. This is different from a certified companion hospital where there are usually only trained staffed on the premises during regular office hours but may see clients "on-call" out of hours where they need to meet clients at the hospital, that has otherwise been closed. Emergency hospitals, unless they have dual certification, do not generally deal with routine veterinary care such as vaccination, wellness appointments or elective surgery such as spay and neuter. Some may offer specialty services not normally offered in regular companion offices, but overall the focus is on emergency care and 24 hour monitoring on patients who require it. Emergency veterinary hospitals work with regular day hospitals through sharing medical records and transferring the patient and medical records to the regular veterinarian once the patient is stable. Emergency hospitals are usually centrally located to service many day practices (which makes them financially feasible) within a 1-2 hour radius however many patients can be transferred from much farther distances from communities that do not have these facilities. Patients without  a regular veterinarian are also welcome to use their services, however they will be encouraged to set up a relationship with a regular companion animal practice once they are stable. The Emergency Veterinary Hospital has become a common practice model for companion hospitals to provide quality, continual monitoring care for patients who need it the most.

"While you are at home sleeping, I will be keeping an eye on his vital signs. I will take him outside to go to the bathroom and I will clean him up when he doesn’t quite make it there. I will give him medications and keep close tabs on his IV fluids. I will offer him food and water if I’m able. I will take radiographs (x-rays) and run lab tests. I will talk to the doctor about how he is doing and if I am worried about anything. I will tell her if I think he is in pain or if he is breathing harder or if his behavior suddenly changed."