When you are a pet owner, any type of illness, injury, or changed behavior is something to be concerned about, as it can impact the life and health of your pet. However, it is essential to understand the difference between urgent veterinary services that would require a Dartmouth emergency vet and issues that can be discussed at a scheduled appointment. Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth offers a wide range of services to provide care and treatment for the pets who come into our Southeastern Massachusetts clinic. We also work as an emergency clinic, providing urgent care for pets in MA and RI within our South Coast region service area.
Is Your Pet Having an Emergency?
There are certain indications that require immediate care. The more you can learn about these possible issues and situations, the easier it will be to ensure that you get your pet the veterinary care and services they need right away. It is hard to imagine our pet in a situation where they would need a Dartmouth emergency vet, but knowledge is power – the more you know, the faster you will be able to bring your pet in and get the help that they need to save their life.
Some of the indications that require urgent veterinary services include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Collapse, fainting, or loss of consciousness
- Trauma – such as being hit by a car or falling
- Head trauma of any kind
- Wounds – including fights with other animals
- Profuse vomiting or diarrhea
- Attempting to vomit but not producing vomit
- Bloody vomit or diarrhea
- Difficulty walking or hunching
- Prolonged exposure to extreme heat or cold – outdoors or in a vehicle
- Painful or swollen abdomen
- Eye problems
- Possible exposure to toxins – including plants, medicines, antifreeze, xylitol gum, marijuana, etc.
If your pet has pain of any kind – or any other type of problem – that you think needs to be evaluated immediately or cannot wait for an appointment, bring them in to receive urgent care for pets in MA. When exposed to toxins, such as those listed above, make sure to contact the local ASPCA poison control center by calling 1-888-426-4435. A consultation with the ASPCA is required and can cost $65 unless you have an active Home Again membership. You can also visit the ASPCA online at www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control.
Contacting Anchor Animal Hospital Dartmouth
Our veterinary team is available for limited emergencies Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays from 8 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. We ask that you could call us before coming down for an emergency to ensure that we have the staff, space, and capacity to handle your pet’s needs at that time. We also work with several emergency hospitals in the South Coast area, which can provide services outside of our hours. If your pet is having an emergency, we recommend that you bring them to MA-RI Veterinary Emergency in Swansea, MA, Bay State Veterinary Emergency in Swansea, MA, or Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay, MA. We recommend that you contact those emergency hospitals in advance of your visit as well to ensure they can see your pet with minimal wait times. You can get the list of addresses, maps with directions, and phone numbers to these recommended veterinary hospitals on our website. Just click the button at the top of the page that says “Click for Emergency!” to view the information.
Learn more about all of the services that we offer at our Dartmouth emergency vet and veterinary care clinic, whether you require urgent veterinary services or want to schedule an annual check-up or appointment. Contact our team by calling 508-996-3731 and speak with one of our friendly staff members at Anchor Animal Hospital Dartmouth. We offer a wide variety of options to help our pet patients and families schedule care and services. Day Case Admissions, PetDesk, Pet Record Copies, Emergencies, and Annual Check-Up Services are just some of the ways that we can help you manage your pet’s veterinary care at our hospital. We offer all the services you need to keep your pet healthy and happy in the South Coast region, from advanced dentistry to senior pet care, surgery, anesthesia, and pain management.