Emergency Care

Read this list of symptoms to better understand when a pet should be brought to the Hospital.

  • Immediately
    If your pet has any of these symptoms, call SIVG IMMEDIATELY at 718.370.0390, 718.370.0391 or 718.370.0392

    Symptom: With:
    Inability to breathe Noisy respiration, blue tongue, gasping for breath
    Bleeding that won't stop From any part of the body - apply pressure and come now!
    Inability to urinate or appears constipated But continues to try
    Inability to deliver puppies or kittens Keeps trying or has stopped trying
    Pain Severe. Continuous with no relief
    Vomiting, diarrhea Continuous or with the appearance of blood
    Loss of balance or consciousness Includes tremors, coma, staggering, blindness, fainting
    Itching Continuous scratching, biting, self-mutilation
    Penetrating wounds Any place, but especially chest or abdomen
    Poisoning Bring the container or commercial name and chemical name
    Injury Continuous pain and/or total lameness
    Hit by car  
    Any other sign that looks serious!  

  • Today
    If your pet has any of these symptoms, call SIVG TODAY at 718.370.0390, 718.370.0391 or 718.370.0392

    Symptom: With:
    Difficult breathing With or without cough. Eats and drinks. Not frantic
    Vomiting/diarrhea Without blood; no pain; no unusual contents
    Sudden Lameness No apparent cause
    Swallowed object Even if you THINK pet swallowed it.
    Severe itching With possible self-mutilation
    Strange odor Usually disagreeable, from any part of the body
    Burns Heat, chemicals. Go immediately if extensive
    Injuries Not severe emergency but will worsen with delay - lacerations

  • Safe to Wait Overnight
    If your pet has any of these symptoms, it is safe to wait OVERNIGHT.

    Symptom: With:
    Vomiting/diarrhea No blood, no foreign material, no pain, not continuous
    Itching Mild to moderate; no skin damage; not continuous, no bleeding
    Lameness Little or no pain; no discomfort in walking; not continuous
    Thirst/urination Excessive drinking and/or elimination of urine with no blood, no pain, no straining or discomfort, or bloody appearance to the urine
    Loss of appetite Skipped one main meal, but no other signs of illness
    Most skin problems  

  • After Hours Services
    The following overnight services are available for after hour pet emergencies:

    • Veterinary Emergency Referral Group
      196 4th Avenue
      Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Tel: 718.522.9400
    • Garden State Veterinary Specialists
      246 Industrial Way West
      Eatontown, NJ 07724
      Tel: 732.922.0011
    • Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services
      3135 Victory Blvd
      Staten Island, NY 10314
      Tel: 917.830.1380

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