Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic

Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic

Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic has been a community leader in emergency veterinary medicine for more than 30 years. We are the primary facility for urgent, emergency, and critical care referrals from all veterinary practices in the greater Salem area.

Our mission is to provide excellent urgent and emergency care for your animal companions when your regular veterinarian is not available. We are open when your regular vet is closed and provide 24 hour services on weekends and holidays. We are dedicated to showing compassion and understanding to all our clients and their beloved pets.

We always have at least one doctor on the premises during business hours and plenty of staff available to assist you and your pet and to answer any questions you may have.

If you are concerned about your pet, please call us at 503-588-8082 or bring them in for an exam. There is no appointment needed. Patients are seen on the basis of need with the most severely affected patients being seen first.

If you have questions about our facility or something unrelated to a pet emergency, feel free to email us at or visit our Facebook.

What is a Veterinary Emergency?

Your pet may need urgent or emergency care for a number of different reasons. Signs to watch for include:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea more than once in 24 hours or for longer than 24 hours
  • Refusal to drink water for longer than 24 hours
  • Loss of appetite for more than 2 days
  • Depression, weakness, lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing (gagging, gasping, or labored breaths)
  • Nonstop coughing or retching
  • Gums any color other than healthy pink (such as white, red, blue, purple, yellow)
  • Straining or inability to urinate or defecate
  • Acting painful (whining, yowling, limping, not moving, acting anxious, etc)
  • Muscle tremors or seizures
  • Bloody urine or bloody stool
  • Bleeding of any kind
  • Fever (normal for cats is 100-102.5 F and normal for dogs is 101-102.5 F)
  • Possible ingestion of poisons or something potentially hazardous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, lilies, rodent poison, human medications)
  • Overdose of medications
  • Distended (swollen) or hard/tense abdomen
  • Open wounds or any other obvious injuries
  • Possible broken bones
  • Inability to walk or move
  • Unconscious and doesn’t wake up
  • Disorientation (bumping into things, wobbling, staggering)
  • Eye irritation or injuries
  • Swelling or pus from any body part
  • Choking or something possibly stuck in your pet’s throat

In Case of Emergency

  • Try to maintain calm.
  • Protect yourself from injury – even the friendliest pets who would never bite, hiss, growl, or scratch under normal circumstances may do so when they are in pain or having a neurologic episode (such as a seizure.) You may want to carefully wrap a large towel or blanket around them.
  • If you are able, apply direct pressure to any area with active bleeding.
  • Bring any product packaging if you suspect ingestion of something poisonous or toxic.
  • Contact us with any concerns or questions. 503-588-8082