Not unlike a human child, pets often require medical attention after hours, on weekends, or urgently without being able to wait for an appointment. Where will you bring your pet when they are in need of an emergency veterinary hospital? Anchor Animal Hospital provides quality preventive care and treatments to pets in the Southcoast area, but we also work as a Dartmouth emergency vet. We also work in conjunction with other local veterinary hospitals to ensure that our clients and their pets are able to receive round-the-clock care 24 hours a day, seven days a week from a network of reputable veterinary providers. So whether your pet needs surgery, stitches or requires a veterinary ultrasound in Dartmouth, you can count on our team to take care of your pet without delay.
When a Pet Needs Emergency Care
There are certain situations when it is obvious that your pet requires urgent veterinary services without delay. However, there are other symptoms that may be difficult to gauge properly to determine if emergency care is needed. You don’t want to over-react to something that might not be serious or life-threatening, but you also don’t want to ignore a symptom that is important. You can always call our Dartmouth emergency vet if you aren’t sure or bring your pet in during our office hours just to be on the safe side. The more you can learn about severe symptoms and when to contact your vet, the easier it will be for Westport pet owners to provide quality care through all the stages of their pet’s life.
Some of the symptoms that demand immediate veterinary attention include:
- breathing difficulties, seizures, and choking
- fainting, collapse, and loss of consciousness
- difficulty walking or sitting upright
- any type of trauma, including dog fights, being hit by a car, or exposure to toxins
- prolonged exposure to extreme heat or cold
- bleeding, wounds, and head trauma
- bloody vomit, diarrhea, or urine
- inability to urinate, trying to vomit and not producing vomit, and profuse vomiting
- painful or swollen abdomen
- eye problems
- pain of any kind, as well as any problem that you think needs immediate attention
Emergency Veterinary Hospital Services
If you are in the Southcoast area of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, you can bring your pet to our Dartmouth emergency vet at Anchor Animal Hospital. We are available for emergency services to Westport pet owners and pets from throughout the local region from 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 8 AM to 5 PM. For best results, contact our emergency veterinary hospital prior to coming in with an emergency to ensure availability. We offer a wide range of urgent care services, including surgical and veterinary ultrasound in Dartmouth.
Outside of our operating hours, we also work with several emergency veterinary hospitals in the local area to provide 24-hour care for our patients. We recommend that you bring your pets to MA-RI Veterinary Emergency in Swansea or Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay for after-hours care. Because we work closely with these hospitals, we receive detailed reports regarding your pet’s condition so we can provide follow-up and extended care services, as needed. Contact these hospitals in advance as well to ensure that they are prepared to receive and treat your pet immediately upon arrival. Addresses and Google map information for directions are available on our website.
Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth – 508-996-3731
MA-RI Veterinary Emergency – 508-730-1112
Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists – 508-759-5125
Quality Veterinary Care Since 1975
Anchor Animal Hospital has provided quality preventive, ongoing, and emergency veterinary hospital services to Westport pet owners and pet owners from throughout the Southcoast region for more than 45 years. Founded on the principles of pursuing continuing education and staying on the forefront of veterinary medicine, this tradition and commitment have expanded even further under Dr. Kate Pietsch, who took over the practice in 2011. We maintain a high standard of excellence and have been an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 1980. This is a high honor, as only approximately 15 percent of veterinary hospitals maintain this accreditation.
To learn more about the services we provide as a Dartmouth emergency vet and primary veterinary care provider of preventive services and ongoing treatments, give us a call at 508-996-3731. Speak with one of our friendly team members about your pet’s needs and schedule an appointment to meet with one of our veterinary staff. We provide care and services for cats, dogs, pocket pets, and other common domesticated animals. Contact our team to find out about specialized services for exotic pets, birds, and other animals.