Emergency Care

The most important thing you can do in any emergency situation is to stay calm.

resized_250x175_ph_iStock_000000716336SmallIf an emergency occurs when Vetcetera is open (Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM) call us at 570-345-3250. Tell our receptionist that you have an emergency. Emergencies always take top priority with your doctors.

For general questions about your pet on weekends (until Sunday night at 5PM) you can call Dr. Steve at 570-871-0408.  While I may be able to see your pet, the lack of support staff on weekends and overnight severely limits the types of problems I am able to treat. I may be able to answer questions and guide you through the decision making process as to whether your pet needs to go to a 24 hour emergency facility.  Please note we are NOT a 24 hour facility and we DO NOT have staff in the building overnight.

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Signs of An Emergency & What To Do

The best advice in most pet emergencies is to contact help immediately — either our office during regular hours or one of the 24 hour practices listed above. It is important not only to know when to call for help, but also what to do until help becomes available.

The following list displays some of the most serious and time-sensitive situations. Any one of these conditions may be life threatening, depending on severity:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Cardiac / circulatory problems
  • Massive bleeding
  • Shock from any cause
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Penetrating wounds of the chest or abdomen
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Poisoning/exposure to toxins
  • Seizures
  • Burns
  • Heat stroke
  • Bite and fight wounds
  • Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Urinary obstruction (straining to urinate with no effect)

Animals, frightened and often in pain when found in emergency situations, should be moved with extreme caution. In addition to preventing injury to handlers, further injury to the pet must be avoided. Whether your own a pet or are assisting a stray, avoid getting bitten when attempting to help an injured animal. Failure to exercise caution could result in your own injury or exposure to rabies.

Normal Vital Signs for Pets

Dogs Cats
Temperature 100.5-102.5° 100.5-102°
Heart Rate 80-130 bpm 110-160 bpm
Respiratory Rate ~22 ~26
Gum Color Pink Pink

For severe emergencies occurring at night, on weekends, or on holidays please contact one of the following:

Valley Central Emergency Veterinary Hospital
Phone: 610-435-1553
210 Fullerton Avenue
Whitehall, PA 18052
www.valleycentraler.com

Valley Central has a specialty practice with surgery and internal medicine specialties available Monday through Friday. Other specialties are available on a limited basis. The have 24 hour emergency care.

Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital
Phone: (570) 208-8877
242 South River St.
Plains, PA 18705
www.northeast-vet.com

NVRH is a specialty practice Monday through Friday (surgery and internal medicine) with 24 hour emergency care.

Veterinary Referral Center
Phone: (610) 647-2950
340 Lancaster Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355
www.vetreferral.com

Veterinary Referral Center is a specialty practice offering a wide variety of specialties including surgery, internal medicine, critical care, ophthalmology, radiology, cardiology, dermatology, etc. Monday through Friday. They have 24 hour emergency care.

Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center
Phone: (610) 775-7535
400 W. Lancaster Ave.
Shillington, PA 19607
www.baerc.com

BAERC  is a 24 hour emergency service.  Specialty services are limited to a surgeon 3 days a week and ultrasound capabilities two days a week. These services are often (but not always) available on an as needed emergency basis.They do not have other specialties at this practice.

Hope Veterinary Specialists
Phone: 
(610) 296-2099
40 Three Tun Rd.
Malvern, PA  19355
hopevs.com

Hope Veterinary Specialists is a specialty practice offering a wide variety of specialties including surgery, internal medicine, critical care, ophthalmology, radiology, cardiology, dermatology, etc. Monday through Friday. They have 24 hour emergency care.

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates
Phone: (610) 666-1050

2626 Van Buren Avenue
Norristown PA  19403
www.metro-vet.com

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates is a specialty practice offering a wide variety of specialties including surgery, internal medicine, critical care, ophthalmology, radiology, cardiology, dermatology, etc. Monday through Friday. They have 24 hour emergency care.

If you suspect the emergency may be caused by exposure to poison, please call:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Phone: 888-426-4435

www.aspca.org

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