EMERGENCY VET SERVICES
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Most of the time, our emergency vets will be able to handle your emergency in your home on the same day.
Our staff is trained to triage. In some cases, we may ask to see your pet in our animal hospital. In the event the emergency needs to be handled by a specialty center, we will guide you on the best choice for your pet’s extensive care.
In general, what’s an emergency?
- Any problem that persists longer than 24 hours.
- Any problem that worsens over several hours.
- Any systemic problems such as lethargy, loss of appetite, weakness and fever.
- Body temperature less than 100°F or greater than 104°F.
- Any indication that more than one body system (GI, urinary, neurological) is affected.
Examples of emergencies
- Obvious fracture of a limb.
- Non-weight bearing lameness persisting for more than 12 hours.
- Swollen, painful joints or a gait that appears as if ”walking on eggshells”.
- Paralysis of one or more limbs.
- Lameness that initially improves but does not resolve in 24-48 hours.
- Frequent bouts of vomiting or diarrhea resulting in loss of large volumes of fluid.
- Inability to drink or keep water down.
- Blood or black material (digested blood) in the vomit or stool.
- More than three to four episodes of vomiting or diarrhea in a puppy or in a dog older than eight years.
- Vomiting following suspected ingestion of foreign material (toys, garbage, rocks, etc.).
- Suspected poisoning.
- Bleeding from nose, mouth or anus.
- Bleeding accompanied by bruising of the skin, especially on the abdomen.
- Bleeding that cannot be stopped by applying pressure.
- Excessive blood loss.
- Weakness, difficulty breathing, or reluctance to move after a bleeding episode.
In case of an emergency, go to the nearest emergency vet clinic to you.
Below are emergency vet affiliates in our service areas:
For South Jersey and Pennsylvania Area Patients
Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (VSEC)
Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES)
Saint Francis Veterinary Center of South Jesery
Regional Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
University of Pennsylvania
Animal and Bird Healthcare Center
Emergency vets for pocket pets:
NorthStar VETS (See information above)
University of Pennsylvania (see information above)
For North Jersey/Bergen County Area Patients
Animal Emergency and Referral Associates
1237 Bloomfield Ave
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Blue Pearl Emergency Pet Hospital
545 17 South
Paramus, NJ 07652
Oradell Animal Hospital
580 Winters Ave.
Paramus, NJ 07652