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When an emergency happens…

Call us if you need immediate assistance or to let us know you are on the way. Upon arrival, your pet will be immediately evaluated to ensure they are stable. We see your pet on a first-come, first-served basis, however those pets who are more critical will be treated immediately.

Our patient care team will then speak with you to obtain a thorough history of your pet’s condition. After performing an examination of your pet, the emergency veterinarian will meet with you and go over diagnostic and treatment options.

Emergency & Critical Care Team

Dr. Clark
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Dr. Beach
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Dr. Erbe
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Dr. Fore
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Dr. Harrigan
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Dr. Anna Ledoux
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MissionVet is open 24/7, 365 days a year; rain or shine. Our doors never close and you can always count on us to be available for your pet’s needs at all times!

The ER consultation fee is no more expensive than consultation fees of other departments within MissionVet. Fees associated with a given category are equal across all departments (e.g. hospitalization, medications, and diagnostics).

When you arrive you will be directed to speak with one of our emergency technicians. They will first ask you a few questions about your pet and will later bring him/her to the back for our doctors to perform a physical exam.

When the ER is busy, your pet will be seen on the basis of need. A triage technician and ER doctor will make an initial assessment of your pet’s needs within minutes of your arrival. Pets that are experiencing emergencies and need immediate attention will take priority.  If all of our current patients are equally stable, they are seen in order of arrival. If other pets are being seen before yours, this is good news as it means your pet is not as sick as some of our other patients.

Our excellent and experienced emergency doctors or critical care specialist will personally perform a physical exam on your pet. They will also be sure to come out and speak with you afterwards with an initial diagnosis.

We have veterinarians and technicians available in the hospital 24/7, 365 days a year. Your pets are always being looked after and cared for while they are in our care.

Our patients are walked regularly. We have areas surrounding the hospital that allow for seamless transition from inside care to bathroom breaks and appropriate exercise outside. Typically, our patients on IV fluids are walked at least every 4-6 hours.

We encourage visiting with your pet while (s)he is in the hospital and always do our best to accommodate those who wish to do so. Your pet misses you as much as you miss him/her! We do ask that you discuss a visit with your doctor or call ahead to arrange a time so that we can best accommodate you.

It is helpful to bring your pet’s food and medicine while (s)he is in the hospital.  If you do choose to bring personal items, we recommend not bringing anything of sentimental value.  We have plenty of comfortable bedding here, so there is no need to bring your own.  Please understand that if any items become soiled, they will go into our laundry and we cannot guarantee their return to you. We also suggest asking your veterinarian prior to bringing any toys to make sure that they won’t interfere with your pet’s treatment.

Your veterinarian receives regular updates from our emergency/critical care doctors during hospitalization. Our goal is to work closely with your veterinarian to ensure seamless care for your pets while they are at MissionVet. Your primary veterinarian will receive the details regarding our physical exam, any diagnostic tests performed with the results, and the recommended treatment plan.

Here at MissionVet, we understand that medical costs can be extremely difficult, especially when they are unexpected. Should you choose to do so, you may apply for CareCredit or Wells Fargo. This is a healthcare credit card designed for payment of your veterinary needs. It is a way to pay for the costs of treatments and procedures in manageable monthly increments. Please talk to your doctor or a member of our client services team at reception to learn more.

What to look for

Signs of an Emergency

  • Any difficulties breathing: short or shallow breath, increased effort, gagging, choking

  • First-time seizure, seizures lasting more than three minutes, or multiple seizures

  • Non-productive retching/vomiting, swollen or distended abdomen

  • Inability or straining to urinate

  • Pregnant pet in active labor for more than one hour without delivering; pet that has gone more than 3-4 hours between delivering

  • Vomiting blood, passing blood in stools/urine

  • Trauma: bite wounds, broken bones, burns, cuts, lacerations, electric shock, eye injuries, heatstroke, hit by car

  • Ingestion of toxic or harmful substance

  • Inability to stand or walk (after “Inability or straining to urinate”)

  • Hives or swollen face (after “Vomiting blood, passing blood in stools/urine”)

If your pet is experiencing any of the above, please seek immediate care.

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you are unsure if your pet is experiencing an emergency.

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What our clients say

Great staff with excellent customer service skills. The location is clean and beautiful and the prices were very reasonable.
I am very satisfied with our past visit and highly recommend them to anyone who needs emergency treatment for their pets.
Such a God-send for a place like this! Words can’t express how fast, efficient, and caring everyone was. I almost lost my little best friend, and because of Mission she will live another day!! 5 stars for great service.

We brought my dog Sarah in last night for emergency treatment. Our vet called ahead of time and faxed over all of her info. They were ready for us when we got there. We were called in within 10 min and Sarah got extremely good treatment from Dr. Fore and staff. I’m very pleased with this emergency vet.

Sarah’s Mom, Ashley

I absolutely love them! Staff is friendly & compassionate.


They were great with my Bailey. Quick and very compassionate. The doc explained everything and asked if I had any questions or concerns. I will definitely return if my fur babies need after hours care.

Bailey’s Mom, Elizabeth
The doctors and staff here were wonderful. I highly recommend them for emergency and specialty vet needs.

We ended up at MissionVet through the emergency department when our young female boxer was collapsing and bleeding from her mouth. The emergency team triaged Daphne immediately and began working to stabilize her. We were able to sit in a private room while we waited for any news, instead of sitting out in the waiting room (I was an emotional disaster). They cared for her for almost 3 days in their hospital and then we brought her home. We didn’t know what would happen, but Dr. Ramsey and the internal medicine team were wonderful in giving Daphne her best chance. We were able to call and check in whenever we needed and we never had issues getting ahold of someone familiar with Daphne’s case. Dr. Ramsey worked with our local vet to monitor Daphne’s condition as we cared for her at home.

We just had a checkup with Dr. Ramsey and Daphne is now completely off meds and she is in full remission.

Thank you to everyone at MissionVet for saving our fur baby!

Daphne’s Mom, Caitlin
The staff was excellent and I wish that staff in places that I have done business with were like your staff!
Chong’s Dad, Rudy

Front staff members were a perfect example of what a customer should see first entering a business.

Brie’s Mom, Eileen

Dr. Ledoux was very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned for my pets wellbeing

Mila’s Mom, Gerri

I was very impressed with how friendly and knowledgeable everyone in this office is

Mindi’s Mom, Bernadette

We had to take my kitty, Odin, in on Easter. We knew something was wrong, but had no idea it was life threatening. They triaged him and brought us back within 10 minutes. There were other animals waiting. They told us his urinary tract was blocked and they needed to immediately unblock it or he could die. We left them in their capable hands. He required three nights of observation. They called us within two hours and let us know he had come through the procedure ok. They called us every day and were always willing to give us an update when we called. Odin is home now. He is still recovering. Dr. Robinson and Dr. Fore took great care of him. Thank you for taking care of my baby!!!

Odin’s Mom, Laura

Superior treatment for Rocky and fantastic customer service (front office and back office).

Rocky’s Dad, Charles

The staff and doctors are very kind, understanding and intelligent. I have been here a few times and they have always been pleasant and they actually listen. Most important they are very gentle and kind to my pets. The standard of medical care is 5 star.

Elizabeth Lang

4.5/5 stars. Came in with one of our cats at 8:30 on a Sunday evening. The wait was long (about 3 hours, hence 4.5 and not 5 stars), but the veterinarian was knowledgeable (main criterion), communicated well and was friendly. The amount of money we had to pay (not a major criterion for us) was very reasonable, definitely not expensive. The building is nice and the receptionists were professional and friendly. When needed, I will bring our fur-babies here again.

Sebastiaan Bol

MissionVet offers the best doctors, techs and front desk. I highly recommend all my clients with ER or need of a specialist. Thanks for all that you do for our dogs. Amazing group of caring people. All positive experiences so for with 3 of my dogs.

Goose, Jett and Ruth’s Mom, Debra

Everyone was kind and Cosmo was in good hands. I appreciated that Dr. Robinson and Dr. Torres tried to manage costs while still achieving the goal of accurately diagnosing my pet’s condition.

Cosmo’s Mom, Rene

“Very thankful for the exceptional Vet services provided.”

Mac’s Mom, Dawn

“Superb! Exceptional! Over the top care! We’ll be back just to visit the staff!! Thank you very much for caring for our family!! The front desk staff are very nice girls!! Very helpful & friendly!”

Stewart’s Dad, Jeff

A truly exceptional experience. Professional yet kind and compassionate doctors and staff.

Reagan’s Dad, Bob

Been here several times …. so glad this place is in San Antonio.


Emergency & Critical Care Services

The emergency veterinarians work closely with the board-certified veterinary specialists in the management of complex cases.
We maintain a comprehensive in-house laboratory capable of providing point-of-care diagnostics based on the needs of each individual pet. Laboratory results are immediately available to help guide your pet’s medical treatment.
Our doctors are able to utilize digital radiology and ultrasonography to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your pet. We collaborate with board certified radiologists for complex cases.
Our emergency doctors collaborate with the specialized surgeons at MissionVet Specialty & Emergency to provide consultations and surgery, if necessary.
Patients are continually monitored during their hospital stay. Our hospital utilizes a wide variety of state of the art equipment to monitor vitals including electrical heart rhythm (EKG), blood pressure, oxygenation ability (Pulse Oximetry), and ventilation ability (endo-tidal CO2).
When respiratory emergencies arise, it’s important that patients receive supplemental oxygen as soon as possible. We provide several methods of oxygen therapy including oxygen masks, nasal oxygen cannulas, or controlled environment oxygen cages, depending on the needs of the patient.
Our hospital maintains a variety of blood products. Blood component therapy includes packed red blood cell transfusions, whole blood transfusions, and frozen plasma transfusions. All patients are continually monitored by the emergency veterinarian and highly skilled technical staff during transfusions.
Many animals eat objects or material that they shouldn’t leaving “foreign material” within their stomach. After a full evaluation of your pet, endoscopic foreign object removal may be recommended to remove the material from their stomach (not all animals are candidates for endoscopy). Endoscopy for the veterinary patient requires general anesthesia while utilizing a fiber-optic camera to visualize the inside of their esophagus and stomach. Often, foreign material can be removed via an endoscope with the hopes of avoiding potential future emergency surgery.