The most important thing you can do in any emergency situation is to stay calm.
If 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 weekdays from 7:00 AM until the office opens and from closing to 10:45 PM, and on weekends 8 AM to 10 PM Saturday and 8 AM to 5 PM Sunday you can text Dr. Steve at 570-345-3250. 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.
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
- 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
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For severe emergencies occurring at night, on weekends, or on holidays please contact one of the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shores is an emergency, urgent and critical care hospital only. There are no in-house specialists. Their services include emergency treatment, surgery, in house laboratory and diagnostics, oxygen therapy, transfusion therapy, as well as critical care and monitoring.