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Pet emergencies don’t always happen during convenient business hours, and in urgent and emergency situations, time is of the essence.

Rest assured, we’re fully equipped to handle these urgencies and  emergencies. We provide the very latest in surgical, anesthetic, diagnostic, and monitoring equipment to help ensure your pet receives the absolute best care possible. We have a complete surgical suite and intensive care unit, and we’re well stocked in medications and blood products.

What is Considered an Emergency?

In general, an emergency condition is one that can permanently impair or endanger your pet’s life. Some examples of conditions that need emergency medical care include: starting with the BAD B-words….
  • Broken bones such as a compound fracture, which involves a bone protruding through the skin
  • Brain seizures, convulsions,  or loss of consciousness
  • Bloat: distended stomach with multiple attempts to vomit and a distending belly
  • Bleeding
  • Blocked: inability to urinate
  • Burns: mouth or body
  • Blindness
  • Sudden numbness, weakness, or confusion
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy-related problems
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vehicular trauma: being run over or hit by a car, truck, bus
  • Deep knife wounds or gunshot wounds

What is Considered an Urgent Medical Condition?

Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. Some examples include:
  • Dog fights/bites
  • Cat fights/bites/abscesses
  • Dietary indiscretion: eating non-food or problem foods
  • Accidents and falls
  • Cuts that don’t involve much blood but might need stitches
  • Breathing difficulties, such as mild to moderate asthma
  • Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
  • Eye irritation and redness
  • Ear pain and infections
  • Minor broken bones and fractures in paws
  • Moderate back problems: unable to walk strongly or properly
  • Severe  cough
  • Skin rashes and infections
  • Sprains and strains
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration

Minor injuries and illnesses will be examined by our urgent care veterinarians during our regular office hours. If your pet needs care and we’re here we’ll do our best to get them them the care they need. If further intensive or specialty care is needed we will refer you to our care providers such as Red Bank Veterinary Hospital,  Garden State Veterinary Specialists or North Star VETS

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