When Care Can’t Wait

Medical emergencies for a beloved pet can, and often do, happen outside of normal business hours. To best meet all your pet’s needs, we work to make sure you have access to the best 24/7 pet emergency care that Northern Virginia has to offer.

During regular business hours, Sunshine Animal Hospital is available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences.

If possible, please call (703) 941-5300 in advance so we can prepare for your arrival. Throughout the week, we keep the hospital open past regular business hours to provide late-night veterinary emergency services.

For emergencies that occur when we are not available, we refer clients to the following nearby emergency pet facility:

SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center
8500 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

The LifeCentre
165 Fort Evans Rd NE
Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Alexandria Animal Hospital & Veterinary Emergency
2660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine
140 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180

The Regional Veterinary Referral Center
6651 Backlick Rd.
Springfield, VA 22150

When to Seek Emergency Care for Your Dog or Cat

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, we offer the following general situations to help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • 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