Pet Emergency

Emergency Care

We understand how upsetting it is when your pet is sick or injured. We are equipped with the latest diagnostic and monitoring equipment, expert staff, and surgical facilities. Our expert health care team is comprised of caring, compassionate, highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing the best care for your dog or cat.

If your pet is having an emergency during normal business hours, please call (860) 653-7238. After business hours, please visit our emergencies page for the closest 24 hour emergency facility near you.

Remember some emergencies are not as easily recognized, yet may be just as life-threatening to your pet. Clinical symptoms may develop slowly with some illnesses or injuries, and it is often difficult to recognize them or judge their severity.

Pet emergencies for which you should immediately seek medical care:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding that does not stop from any part of the body
  • Bloated, distended, swollen or painful abdomen
  • Major trauma – falls, hit-by-cars, large wounds, broken bones
  • Lacerations, bite wounds and penetrating wounds anywhere (but especially in the chest or abdomen)
  • Collapse/Loss of Consciousness
  • Ingestion of poison or foreign material
  • Prolonged Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Seizure activity
  • Staggering, stumbling, head-tilted, sudden blindness
  • Lameness or non-weight bearing on any limb
  • Inflammation, swelling or other irritation to the eye(s)
  • Severe hives or severe itching
  • Inability to urinate or defecate
  • Inability to deliver puppies or kittens
  • Loss of balance or consciousness
  • Pain
  • Rapid heartbeat (in general  >160 for dogs and >200 for cats)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vomiting or diarrhea with blood or violent episodes

Emergencies include:

  • Getting hit by a car
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Gaping wounds
  • Collapse
  • Paralysis
  • Other conditions easily identified as requiring immediate attention