Triage Rules

All pets are triaged by our experienced medical staff
Dog Head in Vet Hands Triage Policy
Emergency Triage

How we prioritize

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. We understand that pet emergencies are stressful and worrisome for families. That’s why our team aims to make things as simple as possible. For more information, get in touch with one of our experts today. 


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Central Location

141 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705

East Side Location

7474 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710


Local: (520) 888-3177
Toll Free: (877) 762-9838