South Shore Animal Hospital

What is a pet emergency?

If an animal is seriously ill or injured, it needs emergency care immediately. Bring your pet in to see us if any of the following should occur:

  • Difficulty Breathing: Noisy breathing, blue tongue or gums, abnormal panting, gasping for air, or very shallow breathing
  • Unstoppable Bleeding: Before transporting, apply pressure to wound area 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 in urine, painful urination or defecation
  • Heatstroke: Signs include heavy panting, extreme weakness, body temperature above 104 degrees 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, and 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, and then bring the container with you if you have it, or the commercial name or chemical name with a list of ingredients. Common poisoning in pets include ingestion of insecticides, snail bait, antifreeze, rat poison, over-the-counter drugs (Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.), prescription medications, snake bites 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 degrees F or anything else that concerns you
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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital. South Shore Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 718-980-2600. We are located at 125 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY, 10306.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.
 

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