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EMERGENCY SERVICES

Pet emergencies can be scary, so it’s only natural that you want to ensure that your pet receives the best emergency care as quickly as possible. Knowing what to do in certain circumstances can help ease your fears to be more beneficial and helpful in their care!

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If you are experiencing an emergency or serious issue involving the health of your pet, please contact our staff at Absecon Vet immediately. We prefer a call in advance if possible for walk-ins during regular business hours. 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN COMING IN FOR AN EMERGENCY 

After you check in at reception, you will be asked about your pets health history. 

  1. Once a doctor is ready for the exam, medical staff will come out and bring your pet back to treatment.

  2. Once your pet is back in treatment, you are welcome to wait in the lobby or within 5-10 mins of the building. Please keep your phone's ring on high volume so you don't miss a call from our medical staff. This is how we will stay in contact with you about your pet.
     

Cases may be seen in order of medical priority rather than in order of their arrival to the clinic. We hope you will understand the need for a priority system, and be rest-assured that each patient will receive individualized professional attention.​

WHEN YOU SHOULD SEEK EMERGENCY VETERINARY CARE: 

  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period

  • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more

  • Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging

  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine

  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes

  • Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool

  • Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)

  • Seizures and/or staggering

  • Unconsciousness

  • Open wounds or lacerations

  • Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)

  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety

  • Heat stress or heatstroke

  • You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous

For 24/7 After Hour Emergency Care, please visit Mt. Laurel Animal Hospital 
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