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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 urgent care or general questions about your pet on weekends (until Sunday night at 5PM) you can call Dr Steve at 570-871-0408.  Please note we are NOT a 24 hour facility and we DO NOT have staff in the building overnight. 

For severe emergencies occurring at night, on weekends, or on holidays please contact one of the following:

Valley Central Emergency Veterinary Hospital
610-435-1553

210 Fullerton Avenue, Whitehall, PA 18052

www.valleycentraler.com

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

340 Lancaster Avenue

Malvern, PA 19355

Phone (610) 647-2950

www.vetreferral.com

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.

Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center

400 W. Lancaster Ave.

Shillington, PA 19607

(610) 775-7535

www.baerc.com

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.

Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital

242 South River St

Plains, Pa 18705

(570) 208-8877

www.northeast-vet.com

NVRH is a specialty practice Monday through Friday (surgery and internal medicine) with 24 hour emergency care.

Hope Veterinary Specialists

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.

40 Three Tun Rd.

Malvern, PA  19355

(610) 296-2099

hopevs.com

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates

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.

2626 Van Buren Avenue

Norristown PA  19403

(610) 666-1050

www.metro-vet.com/

If you suspect the emergency may be caused by exposure to poison, please call:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
888-426-4435

www.aspca.org

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
  • Seizures
  • Burns
  • 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 pet or 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

Dogs Cats
Temperature 100.5-102.5° 100.5-102°
Heart Rate 80-130 bpm 110-160 bpm
Respiratory Rate ~22 ~26
Gum Color pink pink