Important (Update 10/16/20):

Due to Coronavirus DAC is curbside only. We ask that you please call or text 706-278-1113 upon arrival. Also, if just picking up medication or food please ring the doorbell for assistance. DAC will be here as much as possible to care for your pets during this pandemic. We will adjust if necessary due to the public health mandates or employee availability. DAC wants to do our part to help limit the spread of this virus. 

Emergency Vet - 24 Hour Animal Hospital

Emergency vet services are a fundamental cornerstone of our commitment to comprehensive pet care. Your pet isn't going to take "normal business hours" into consideration. Accidents do happen, and when disaster strikes, that is when you need a trained veterinary staff ready and able to help. So, we know that we've got to be ready. This is why you can always rely on our emergency vet care team at R.I.V.E.R. to be here for you and your pet anytime day or night.

Our full service, 24 hour facility is located at: VCA Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals (RIVER)

2132 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37406


Open 24 hours

Phone(423) 698-4612

1022 S. Hamilton St.

Dalton GA, 30720

When Dalton Animal Care is closed our phones will connect you to R.I.V.E.R. No need to find another number in an emergency situation!

(706) 307-8233

Their emergency vet care clinic is staffed by highly experienced members of our veterinary team 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They have advanced training in emergency, trauma-based and critical care protocols, which ensures your pet is in the most capable hands and never alone.

The emergency vet team at R.I.V.E.R.  is near to you, here for you, and ready to help you and your pet in any way we can at any time you need us.

24 Hour Emergency Vet Services

If your pet has a medical emergency during your primary care veterinarian's regular office hours, we recommend first contacting him or her for a professional recommendation. If your veterinarian is not available, or requires a critical care facility, we recommend you immediately bring your pet to our emergency 24 hour animal hospital for treatment.

If you think your pet may be sick or injured and you're not sure exactly what to do, please call our 24 hour vet care line at (706) 307-8233. When you call, one of our experienced emergency vet care team members can help assess the situation and determine whether your pet needs to be seen by our emergency team.

Featured Quote:

This is helpful in monitoring any respiratory or heart diseases.

Video Transcript:

Dr. Jessica Bianco

Dalton Animal Hospital


Your veterinarian may ask you to monitor your pet's breathing rate per minute at home. This is helpful in monitoring any respiratory or heart diseases. You really want it to be less than about 35 to 40 at rest. You want them totally relaxed. Don't do it after they've just played or when they're excited. I like to set a timer for 15 seconds and count the number of breaths during that time and then multiply it by 4 and that'll get you the number.

If your pet's breathing rate seems elevated, you may want to call or visit your veterinarian, as this could be an emergency. So let's try it on Rosie. Things that you can watch for for a breath would be hair movement. You could put your hand on their chest to feel it, or sometimes you can just see their breathing really easily as their ribs rise and fall.

So let's do this really quick. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and close to 8. So Rosie's heart rate is 7 or 8 times 4. She's about 32 so that's perfectly normal for a dog at rest.

We Are Always Ready For Emergency Care

Our emergency facility is staffed and equipped to respond to any medical or surgical need. From simple as a bee sting to severe trauma, our staff is prepared to care for your pet and help you through a stressful time.

We strive to provide our patients' human companions with prompt, attentive, compassionate and personal service from the very first moment a patient arrives. This includes establishing a quick, clear line of communication to the primary care veterinarian when possible. We want you to be informed and comforted throughout the process, because we know how important and irreplaceable your beloved family friend is to you and your family.

Featured Quote:

This can range quite a bit depending on their activity level or the size or age of the dog.

Video Transcript:

Dr. Jessica Bianco

Dalton Animal Hospital


Another helpful monitoring tool that you guys can easily check at home is your dog's heart rate. This can range quite a bit depending on their activity level or the size or age of the dog but, in general, you want it to be anywhere between 70 or 80 to about 120. Anything that's really high - like in the 150 to 200 range - would be really abnormal for a dog. There are a couple of ways that you can do this.

In a deep-chested, thin dog like Rosie, you may actually be able to hold the bottom of her ribcage and feel her heart. I can in her. Or if you can't, you can go in their groin area right on their inner thigh - close to their abdomen - and you should be able to feel their femoral artery pulse. You're going to do something similar to the respiratory rate. I like to time for 15 seconds and count and multiply by 4. So let's check Rosie's. 10. I got 20 in those 15 seconds, so that means that her heart rate is about 80 right now and she's very relaxed. So that's normal.

Our Emergency Animal Hospital Is Prepared For Any Critical Situation, Such As:

  • Traumatic injuries - fractures, bites, burns, lacerations
  • Automobile accidents
  • Respiratory emergencies, choking, breathing problems
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Shock or loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Toxic reactions, poison ingestion
  • Labor and pregnancy problems
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Heatstroke
  • Postoperative or post-anesthetic problems
  • Pain management
  • Inability or unwillingness to eat
  • and more...

Our Emergency Vet Clinic Is Equipped With The Following:

Referrals From Other Veterinary Clinics

If your pet is already a patient of the Dalton Animal Care network, our emergency vet clinic team will make contact with your primary care veterinarian in order to begin collaborating as soon as possible. However, even if your primary care provider is a member of another practice, we will treat your family veterinarian as an integral part of our team.

Financial Concerns

We know that having a pet with emergency medical needs can be stressful. In addition to providing all the care needed, we will also work with your budget. We accept all major credit cards and have payment plans available thru Carecredit.

No Appointments Necessary For Emergency Vet Services

When every second counts, Dalton Animal Care's 24 hour vet team is here to help you and your pet overcome whatever medical crisis is taking place. Our emergency animal hospital provides immediate care for your pet without the need for an appointment or any advance notice whatsoever.

When possible, you are welcome to call us before you come or when you are on your way, so that we can prepare for your arrival. However, we do not want to add to the time it takes to get your pet the emergency vet care services they need. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, if your pet needs emergency vet clinic services in the Dalton area, we are here for you!

  • 24 hour care and monitoring by veterinarians and technicians
  • Nutritional support
  • Endoscopy
  • Advanced pain management
  • Continuous rate infusion for IV fluids and meds
  • Pulse-Oximetry, End-Tidal CO2, blood pressure and continuous ECG monitoring
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Digital radiography and ultrasound
  • Emergency surgery
  • Complete diagnostic lab for immediate test results

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