Emergency and Out of Hours Care

Should your pet require urgent care during regular hospital hours, please call the clinic at 705 446-0261 and our team will instruct you on how to proceed.

Options for Care When We are Closed:

1. Non-urgent care or if you are unsure of urgency:  Set up an out of hours telemedicine appointment with a veterinarian through Vetster

    *Please e-mail the consult notes to reception@mvvh.ca so we can follow-up with your pet's issue the next business day. Currently, we will not be alerted if you have consulted with Vetster out of hours and do not have access to the clinical notes.

2. Emergency Care: Contact Huronia Veterinary Emergency Hospital HVEC 

     ** Medical records of your visit will be forwarded to us the next business day by HVEC

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 for your furry family member should they require emergency surgery or hospitalization when we are not open. HVEC works much like a human emergency department where the most critical patients will be seen first and are given priority over less urgent cases. The urgency will be assessed over the phone or upon arrival.  Wait times may vary according to demand.

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HVEC 705-722-0377

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."