Emergency CareThe VCA Newark Team
Board-certified specialists in the areas of emergency and critical care and surgery are on staff at VCA Newark Animal Hospital. We are equipped to provide blood gas analysis, oxygen support, coagulation analysis, positive pressure ventilatory support, ultrasound, echocardiography, transfusion therapy, advanced orthopedic repair, advanced soft tissue surgery and post-operative support. Simply put, we provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services.
Emergency Care Policies & Procedures
Pets with more severe injuries and life threatening illnesses will be treated first. During busy times, pets with less severe problems may have to wait until others have been treated. There is an initial emergency and consultation fee, which includes the veterinarian’s examination of your pet. Separate fees will be charged for diagnostics, treatments and medications. Our veterinarian will provide you with a written treatment plan of expected costs after your pet’s examination. A deposit is required for all hospitalized patients. Fees for services must be paid in full when your pet is discharged. For your convenience, payment may be made with all major credit cards, cash, Care Credit or check (with proper identification). Once stable, your pet will be discharged, transferred to your family veterinarian or remain hospitalized at VCA Newark Animal Hospital under the care of our veterinary specialists or critical care staff. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis in cooperation with your family veterinarian.
VCA Newark Emergency Services
- Emergency Examinations
- Emergency Surgery
- Advanced Diagnostics
- In-House Laboratory
- Oxygen Therapy
- Blood Transfusions
- Pain Management
- Traumatic Wound Care
Critical Care Services
- Specially Trained Doctors, Technicians, and Assistants on duty 24 hours a day
- Cardiovascular Monitoring
- Electrocardiogram (ecg)
- Arterial Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Arterial Blood Gases
- Pulse Oximetry/Capnography
- Oxygen Therapy
- Blood Transfusions
- Mechanical Ventilation
- Pain Control
What Is An Emergency?
Bring your pet in to see us if any of the following occur:
- Difficulty breathing… Noisy breathing, blue tongue or gums, abnormal panting, gasping for air, or very shallow breathing.
- Unstoppable bleeding… Before transporting, apply pressure with a clean cloth. Do not use a tourniquet.
- Inability to urinate or defecate… Continuously straining with little or no result. Blood in stool or urine, painful urination or defecation.
- Heatstroke… Signs include: heavy panting, extreme weakness, a body temperature above 104°F. Wrap your pet in cool, wet towels prior to transporting.
- Bloated or distended abdomen… With or without vomiting.
- Inability to deliver kittens or puppies… Continuous contractions for more than 1 hour, or more than 2 hours between babies or more than 15 minutes of labor with fetus or membranes protruding.
- Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure… Tremors, staggering, convulsions, sudden blindness, fainting, tilting of the head, or sudden changes in behavior, such as unusual withdrawal or aggression.
- Pain… Especially continuous pain. Signs of pain in animals include whimpering, restlessness, crying, reluctance to move or change position, dilated pupils and a fast heart rate.
- Major trauma or Injury… If your pet has fallen, been hit by a car, or has suffered wounds anywhere on the body, but especially to the eye, chest or abdomen, or has broken bones.
- Shock… If your pet shows signs of weakness, collapse, shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, or weak pulses.
- Poisoning… If you believe your pet has been exposed to a poison, call first, then bring the container with you if you have it, or the commercial name or chemical name with a list of ingredients. Common poisoning: insecticides, antifreeze, rat poison, over-the-counter drugs (Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.), prescription medications and some plants.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea… Excessive, continuous, or contains blood.
- Lameness… Continuous, not bearing weight on limb, or swollen limb.
- Eyes… Eye injuries, sudden blindness, cloudiness or abnormal discharge.
- Allergic reactions… Swollen face, hives, red skin, difficulty breathing, severe itching or a rash.
- Diabetics… Shaking, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, excessive vomiting, seizures.
- General… Severe lethargy, decreased appetite, temperature greater than 104°F or anything else that concerns you.
In Case of Emergency...
- Remain Calm… You are doing the best for your pet by taking steps to help.
- Call Your Family Veterinarian First… If they are unavailable, call us!
- Tell Us The Nature Of The Problem… We will give you instructions on how to handle your pet while enroute and give you directions to the hospital.
- Be Careful… When injured and scared, even a loving pet may bite. If in doubt, gently place a towel or blanket over the head making sure to provide good air circulation for breathing. This will help settle the animal.
We’re Here When You Need Us!
(302) 737-8100 • www.vcanewark.com