Emergency Care

Our staff is here if your pet is ill or injured and can’t wait until Monday morning to receive urgent care. Unsure if your pet has an actual medical emergency? We understand that it can be difficult to determine if your pet requires immediate medical care. Because medical issues can quickly progress into more serious problems we urge you call us so we can help assess whether your pet needs emergency care. We are now available on Saturdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays from 8:00am to Noon to answer any medical questions you may have.

Examples of Pet Emergencies

  • Unconsciousness or unresponsiveness
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Collapse or difficulty walking or getting up
  • Pale grayish or blue/purple gums
  • Excessive or active Bleeding
  • Trauma of any kind (hit by car, falls, bite wound etc.)
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Disorientation or abnormal behavior
  • Swollen, bloated or distended abdomen
  • Signs of pain, such as shaking/trembling or whining/crying
  • Seizure activity
  • Hives or swelling of the face
  • Suspected or confirmed ingestion of foreign object or toxin
  • Difficulty giving birth
“With years of experience as a staff emergency veterinarian at Angell Animal Medical Center, then Cheshire Animal Hospital, and now at my own practice, Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook, I cannot overstate the value of preventative healthcare for our pets. A large percentage of emergencies that I saw started out as Chronic issues that could have been addressed earlier. In most cases, early intervention would have saved a substantial amount of money, time and stress and potentially have had a more favorable outcome.” – Dr. Joseph Fedorich, DVM

Emergency Hours

Monday - Friday: Regular business hours

Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM

Sunday 8 AM to 12 PM

Telephone: 860-399-6249

Tips on Handling Your Pet in an Emergency

Sick or injured animals may try to bite or scratch due to being disoriented or painful. Approach any hurt or sick animal very carefully and do not put your face or hands near your pet’s mouth. If your pet appears aggressive when you approach, call for help.

If possible, try to gently wrap your pet in a large towel or blanket as carefully as possible to avoid further injury. Approach your pet slowly from the rear and talk soothingly, this can be less threatening than approaching head on. If your pet is small enough to fit in a carrier please use one. If you are having difficulty transporting your pet please call us.