Emergency Vet & Pet Hospital

Who We Are – 24 Hour Vet

For 40 years, the Animal Emergency Hospital has been treating Houston’s pets during times that family veterinarians are generally not available: nights and weekends. In July 2014, Gulf Coast Veterinary Surgery acquired the Animal Emergency Hospital to form the Gulf Coast Animal Emergency Hospital with the goal of creating the most trusted pet emergency hospital and 24 hour vet in the Houston area. We strive to serve as an extension of your family veterinarian by providing after-hours care for your pet. Our highly trained doctors and support staff are devoted to providing the most integrated and compassionate medical care. We utilize advanced diagnostics, cutting edge technology, and innovative thinking to help ensure that your pet’s treatment is delivered with the highest level of efficacy.

Why Choose Us?

We know that dealing with pet emergencies can be difficult and stressful, and often times come when you least expect them. As pet owners, we understand that your pet is a valued family member and when it comes to health care, you want and deserve timely, accurate, and compassionate treatment. With this in mind, we commit to the following steps with you and your pet during your visit:

  • Triage (prioritize) and diagnose your pet’s condition with the highest level of efficiency.
  • Thoroughly discuss the results of our diagnostics and present treatment options that will give your pet the best chances to improve health.
  • Treat your pet medically using the most current techniques available in emergency veterinary medicine.
  • Provide timely status updates on your pet’s condition to you and your family veterinarian.
  • Recommend the appropriate courses of action upon discharge from our hospital. This may include sending you home with your pet, sending you and your pet back to your family veterinarian, or transferring your pet to the appropriate veterinary specialist.

Small Animal Emergency Care & Medicine

Gulf Coast Animal Emergency Hospital 24 hour vets specialize in emergency and medical care for all small animals. Small animals are mostly considered to be domesticated house pets or animals. Some of the most common small animals include:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Hedgehogs
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets
  • Pigs
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Squirrels
  • Opposums
  • Rodents:
    • Guinea Pigs
    • Gerbils
    • Hamsters
    • Chinchillas
    • Sloths
    • Rats & Mice
    • Prairie Dogs
    • Wallabies
  • Birds ( Parrots, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Cockatoos, Peacocks, Chickens, Quails, Swans, Geese)
  • Reptiles (Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, Tortoises)
  • Amphibians (Frogs, Toads, Salamanders)
  • Tarantulas
  • Scorpions
  • And Many More Exotic Small Animals!

Mission Statement

To provide the highest level of quality, compassionate care while diagnosing and treating pet emergencies in a timely manner.


Amanda Shotts, D.V.M.

Amanda Shotts, D.V.M.

Dr. Amanda Shotts received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013 from Texas A&M University. That same year she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency at North Houston Veterinary Specialists. After completion of her internship, Dr. Shotts started working in general practice and emergency medicine. Dr. Shotts joined the Gulf Coast Animal Emergency team in October 2014.

Dr. Shotts has a special interest in managing patients with cardiopulmonary disease, toxicities, and complex medical conditions. She also enjoys spending time with her husband (also a veterinarian) and her own pets. Together they have 2 dogs, 3 cats, bearded dragons, geckos, fish, and a pet tarantula.

Eric Cagle, D.V.M.

Eric Cagle, D.V.M.

Dr. Eric Cagle received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 2005. He continued his education at Texas A&M University receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008. After graduation he relocated to Houston and spent a number of years in general practice prior to joining the team at Gulf Coast Animal Emergency Hospital. Dr Cagle enjoys the many rewards and challenges of emergency medicine and has special interests in trauma, toxicology, and gastrointestinal disease. Dr. Cagle shares his Montrose home with three cats and a Labrador Retriever mix. He is an avid music fan and endurance athlete. He typically spends his free time training for an upcoming race and has completed many long distance races including an Ironman triathlon.

Nathan Shotts, D.V.M.

Nathan Shotts, D.V.M.

Dr. Nathan Shotts received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 2014, having previously graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Biomedical Science in 2009. Dr. Shotts worked in emergency and critical care at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital throughout his veterinary education, and has been working in the Houston area since graduation. Dr. Shotts has also previously worked as an emergency veterinarian at North Houston Veterinary Specialists, and has been full-time at Gulf Coast Animal Emergency Hospital since October 2014. In addition to emergency medicine, Dr. Shotts has a vast spectrum of veterinary experience, including advanced training and experience in assisted reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer, as well as veterinary experience at zoos and even a marine mammal facility.


Rhonda Dixon, D.V.M.

Dr. Rhonda Dixon received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 1999, having previously graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and Animal Science from Texas A&M in 1994. Dr. Dixon has practiced emergency/critical care medicine in the Houston and Sugar Land areas for more than 15 years. Her special interests include trauma medicine, feline medicine and endoscopy. Time away from work is spent with her wife, their multiple cats/dogs and a bird. Outside of work, she enjoys watching football, spending time at her lake house in East Texas, and going off road in her 4WD FJ Cruiser.


Stephanie Brantley, D.V.M.

Dr. Stephanie Brantley received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College at University of Prince Edward Island in 2006. In 2007 she completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. She spent a number of years in general practice, including 2 years of feline exclusive practice, then found her calling in emergency medicine while living in Phoenix, Arizona. Her special interests include feline medicine, infectious diseases, and behavior. Dr. Brantley grew up in the Houston area, and after all of her travels, she has decided to move back home to be closer to her family. She spent 2 valuable years at VETMED Specialty and Emergency Center in Arizona prior to joining the Gulf Coast Animal Emergency team.

Dr. Brantley shares her home with her 2 cats, Homer and Ivy. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and SCUBA diving. She is an avid baseball fan.

Call Us Today: 713-364-8953

“Our 13 year old Chihuahua hurt her leg/neck by another dog being aggressive towards her after getting out of its yard. She was not getting better after 2 days, in pain, limping, and starting to have swelling on her leg. Our vet recommended GCVS for emergency services. The entire experience was a good one. The receptionist, the vet techs and Dr Amanda Shotts all were kind, calm and took the time to hear our story and care for the dog. After the diagnosis, we left with appropriate medication, a copy of her xrays, and recommendations as to care and follow-up. I definitely would go back and recommend this emergency clinic for all animal lovers.”

Rhonda J. | 6/12/2016★★★★★