Emergencies

At South Shore Animal Hospital, we're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants to handle any situation requiring immediate medical attention. Whether your regular veterinarian's office is closed or you have been referred by your family veterinarian, we are prepared to care for your pet and handle all emergencies - from the minor to the most complex.

Our highly trained emergency and critical care teams have direct access to the hospital's full complement of state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, they are aided by the support of our facility's entire interdisciplinary team of specialists, as well as the referring veterinarian - all working in concert to deliver the best treatment possible. Pet medical emergencies can be stressful and traumatic for owners as well as their pets. So, we provide prompt, attentive, personal service starting the very first moment a patient arrives with a quick, clear line of communication to the primary care veterinarian and pet owner.

Our Emergency and Critical Care unit can assist in all of the following situations:

  • Traumatic injuries - fractures, bites, burns, lacerations
  • Automobile accidents
  • Wounds, bleeding
  • Respiratory emergencies, choking, breathing problems
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Shock, loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness, staggering, tremors
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Toxic reactions, poison ingestion
  • Labor and delivery problems
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Swollen, hard, painful abdomen
  • Heatstroke
  • Post-operative or post-anesthetic problems
  • Pain management
  • Fevers
  • Masses or tumors
  • Abnormal gum color (pale, bruised, blue)
  • Inability or unwillingness to eat

Our ICU's specialized services and equipment:

  • 24-hour care and monitoring by veterinarians and veterinary nurses
  • Complete diagnostic lab for immediate test results
  • Blood gas analyzer
  • Emergency surgery
  • Digital radiography and ultrasound
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Pulse-Oximetry, End-Tidal CO2, blood pressure and continuous ECG monitoring
  • Continuous rate infusion for IV fluids and meds
  • Advanced pain management
  • Nutritional support

South Shore Animal Hospital's Emergency and Critical Care veterinarians can help in the event of a medical crisis. When every second counts, we're here and ready to assist you and your pet. For immediate medical assistance or for information, please call our hospital at
(718) 980-2600.

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