Even if your beloved pet is primarily indoors, there may still be certain situations when emergency veterinary services are required. A fall down a stairway, a fight with another household pet, accidental ingestion of toxic substances, and many other common issues might mean a trip to the local Southeastern Massachusetts emergency vet for X-rays, consultation, and treatment. It is essential to know where you can go to receive urgent care for pets. New Bedford pet owners can bring pets to Anchor Animal Hospital for emergency services Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. Please call ahead so we can prepare a room for your pet. In addition to in-house services to deliver quality urgent care for pets, we also work with several emergency hospitals in the area to provide services to our clients after hours.
What is an Emergency?
Any instance where your pet is bleeding or experiences a loss of consciousness, you need to bring them in to see a Southeastern Massachusetts emergency vet. However, there are many other situations when your pet also needs to be seen urgently that you might not be as obvious. Some of the other symptoms that you need to be aware of include difficulty breathing, collapsing, fainting, choking, seizures, and difficulty walking or hunching. Pets that have problems with urinating, profuse vomiting or diarrhea, bloody vomit or diarrhea, or trying to vomit, but not producing anything, should also be seen by emergency veterinary services. Any type of trauma, such as being hit by a car or head trauma, also requires New Bedford pet owners to bring their pet in right away to be seen.
Pets that are exposed to extreme heat or cold for a prolonged period of time should be taken directly to a veterinarian to receive urgent care for pets. Fevers, eye problems, painful or swollen abdomen, exposure to possible toxins, and pain of any kind should be evaluated immediately. Emergencies are situations that cannot wait until an available appointment and usually requires expedited treatment and services. Toxin exposure requires direct contact with the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. The toxins included in this type of emergency include prescription or over-the-counter medicines, xylitol gum, plants, and marijuana. Certain foods can also be highly toxic, including chocolate. When it doubt, contact Anchor Animal Hospital to speak with one of our team members.
High-Quality Veterinary Services
With more than 40 years of history serving clients within the Southcoast region, Anchor Animal Hospital has provided excellent care to pets from all throughout the Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island area. Founded in 1975 by Drs Gerald Pietsch and Lawrence Shinnamon on the principles of pursuing continuing education and staying on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine, the practice was taken over in 2011 by Dr. Kate Pietsch, the daughter of one of the founding veterinarians. Anchor maintains a high standard of excellence, which can be seen in our continued standing as an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association since 1980.
Some of the areas where Anchor Animal Hospital has been an industry leader in New England and across the nation include dentistry, ultrasound, X-rays, pain management, and alternative veterinary treatments. Dr. Kate and our other team members continue the pursuit of education, training, and advanced techniques. To learn more about our accreditations, staff education, experience, training, and cutting edge equipment, visit our About page. A complete profile of each staff member is available, as well as details about education, background, and specialized skills that are used to treat clients at our Southeastern Massachusetts emergency vet clinic.
Urgent Care for Pets in Massachusetts
If your pet requires emergency veterinary services, make sure to contact Anchor Animal Hospital as soon as possible. We are available to handle emergencies during our normal business hours. After hours, we refer our patients to other trusted veterinary professionals at the Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists or MA-RI Veterinary Emergency. We have a large list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that our clients can use to identify emergencies, understand treatment options, and learn more about our facility. Our veterinarians are also pleased to provide clients with information and answer questions about specific diseases and diagnoses. To schedule an appointment or contact one of our team members about urgent care for pets, please give us a call at 508-996-3731.