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Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospitals (VESH)

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VESH Pet Emergency Care

If you believe your pet is having a medical emergency, call us at (413) 665-4911 or bring them to our hospital immediately. 

Common symptoms or conditions that may indicate a medical health emergency:

  • Accident

  • Addison’s disease

  • Anemia 

  • Bite wounds

  • Breathing issues

  • Constipation

  • Cushing’s syndrome

  • Degloving

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis

  • Diarrhea

  • Eye trauma

  • Fever

  • Heart disease

  • Heat exhaustion

  • Hyperthermia

  • Hypothermia

  • Kidney failure

  • Labor crisis

  • Lacerations

  • Liver failure

  • Pneumonia

  • Quill removal

  • Respiratory distress

  • Seizures

  • Toxicities (ingestion of a toxic plant, human medication, artificially sweetened gum or rodenticide)

  • Trauma

  • Urinary blockage

  • Vomiting

  • Wounds

  • Gum or tongue discoloration (often blue or red)

  • Sudden collapse and/or difficulty getting back up

  • Unresponsiveness or difficulty to rouse

  • A snake or insect bite or sting on your pet that is causing a severe reaction

  • A bite from any animal

  • Sudden paralysis of the back legs (especially in cats)

  • Excessive panting, drooling, vomiting or diarrhea, staggering or lethargy, and lack of urine production may be symptoms of anaphylactic shock

  • Swelling of the skin or face, excessive salivation, and vomiting or diarrhea may be symptoms of heatstroke

If your pet has any of these conditions and is experiencing decreased appetite or lethargy, they should be seen:

  • Addisons

  • Diabetes

  • Renal Failure

  • Cushings Disease

  • Heart Disease

  • Cancer Patient

  • Recent Surgery

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You Can Count on VESH

Our Emergency & Critical Care Services are available 24/7 to treat your dog or cat for a wide variety of urgent medical issues. Like human emergency rooms, we admit patients on a first-come, first-serve basis, prioritizing those who are critically ill or injured. Emergency appointments are not available. Since this sometimes results in a wait during busy times, we provide free wireless service, TV, and a snack and soda machine to help make your stay with us more comfortable.

During their recovery, hospitalized pets receive the optimum level of care, 24 hours a day, in our fully staffed Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Treatment may include medication and pain control, IV fluids, advanced monitoring (including electrocardiogram, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and central venous pressure), oxygen therapy, and most importantly, loving attention.

Additionally, our specialists can provide emergency surgery for such issues as:

  • Bloat

  • C-section

  • Cystotomy

  • Dystocia

  • Foreign bodies

  • GDV

  • Pyometra

  • Wound repair

The advanced capabilities and specialized equipment in our ER include:

  • Advanced CT Imaging

  • Blood pressure monitors

  • Central venous pressure monitors

  • Continuous ECG wireless telemetry

  • CPR equipment including EKGs and defibrillator

  • Digital X-ray machine

  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitor

  • Fluid pumps

  • High-Flow Oxygen Therapy

  • Isolation ward

  • Laboratory (coagulation, blood chemistry and blood gases, urinalysis, lactate, etc.)

  • Multi-lumen central line placement

  • Nebulizer (for pneumonia and asthma)

  • Nutritional support (feeding tubes)

  • Oxygen cage

  • Pain management (constant rate infusions)

  • Pulse Ox monitors

  • Transfusion medicine

  • Ultrasound

  • Ventilators

Learn More

Click the button below to visit the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care's website to learn more about the advanced education and training that doctors receive in order to become board certified emergency and critical care specialists.