Our Emergency Triage Policy

Our veterinarians prioritize patients based on the severity of their condition, treating patients with immediate, life-threatening conditions first. Emergency patients will be seen in the following order:


Priority One

May Survive with immediate life-saving measures

  • Seizure
  • Allergic reaction
  • Bloat (GDV)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Heat stroke
  • Open fracture
  • Paralysis
  • Poisoning


Priority Two

Likely to survive with appropriate care within hours of incident

  • Vomiting
  • Chronic coughing
  • Urinary Tract problems
  • Birthing difficulties
  • Closed fracture
  • Bowel obstruction


Priority Three

Non-life-threatening conditions

  • Abscess
  • Chronic diseases
  • Lameness
  • Minor wounds
  • Skin conditions
  • Sore eye/ears
  • Sneezing
  • Lumps
  • Hair loss


At Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center we are happy to provide a wide range of veterinary specialty and emergency services. It is important to have a “primary care” veterinarian to keep your new family member healthy and happy with routine vaccinations and health checks. But if you find yourself in the midst of a veterinary emergency, our team of experienced veterinarians is here to help. When it comes to visiting animal hospitals, we understand that the experience can be full of stress and worry, so we aim to make things as simple as possible. For more information, get in touch with one of our experts today.