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From 1983 until 1998 Dr. Krakowski provided after hours care for the patients of Chatham Animal Hospital personally. In 1998, many of the veterinary practices in the Cary area came together to form the Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary. In doing so, they were able to create a fully equipped and staffed facility for emergent care outside of regular hospital hours (7 to 7 M-Fri and 8 to 1 on Saturdays). The veterinarians and staff at the Animal Emergency Clinic are dedicated to addressing your pets’ medical needs after Chatham Animal Hospital’s normal operating hours and on weekends and holidays. The AEC is currently owned and operated by Jennifer Schultz.
Hours of Operation of A.E.C.C. — They are open evenings, weekends, and major holidays.
Business hours: 5:30pm to 8:00am the next morning on normal weekdays
5:30pm Friday to 8:00am Monday for weekends
extended hours on major holidays
What might be an Emergency? Requiring care right NOW rather than waiting until normal office hours. The following are examples of situations that can be considered urgent or emergent.
Bleeding – Bleeding from any part of the body: blood in the urine or stool.
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea – Many repeated episodes in a short period, or intermittently over days or weeks.
Convulsions or Fainting – Violent shaking of the head and/ or body with uncontrolled spasms: loss of consciousness.
Lethargy – Lack of normal tolerance for exercise: reduced energy or playfulness.
Pain – Limping or favoring a leg: crying or showing signs of pain when touched.
Eye problems – redness, discharge, squinting, cloudiness of the eye: a foreign object in the eye, or difficulty seeing.
Changes in appetite – Refusing food and/or water with nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Changes in urination – Urinating frequently, urinating larger amounts or only small drops or difficulty urinating.
Breathing problems – Shortness of breath, extending head and neck to breathe, wheezing.
Abnormal color of the gums – Gums should be pink in color. Dark red, white, pale or blue gums can be a sign of an emergency.
Please do not hesitate to call, come in or go to the E-clinic if you think that your pet needs emergency assistance. It is helpful to call ahead so that we, or the E-clinic, may be better prepared for your arrival.