Emergency & Critical Care

Our Emergency Department at Valley Central Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (VCVREC) provides 24-hour emergency care 7 days a week.  Working in conjunction with our specialty practices, our emergency department strives to provide the highest level of emergency medical and surgical care for your pet.

We accept emergency referral or walk-in patients at any time of day. Our emergency staff is available 24/7 to provide urgent medical and surgical care at times when your family veterinarian is unavailable.  Our team of caring doctors and nurses has the experience and skills to provide the appropriate care for your sick pet.  We understand the stress that accompanies a companion pet emergency and will do everything we can to address each emergency in a compassionate and comprehensive manner.  We pride ourselves in our commitment to personal care and want you to feel like a member of our family.

Some of the emergency conditions that we treat include but are not limited to the following:

  • Animal attacks
  • Bleeding
  • Collapse episodes
  • Diabetic crisis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Heat stroke
  • Hit-by-car incidents
  • Ingestion of medications, poisons, or objects
  • Paraylsis
  • Seizures
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Vomiting

At VCVREC we work in close conjunction with your family veterinarian to provide the best possible care for your pet.  We will keep your veterinarian abreast of your pet's condition by way of faxes, e-mail and/or phone communication so that they are aware of his/her medical status and can help you make decisions about the ongoing care of your pet.  At the time of discharge, your veterinarian will receive a copy of the discharge instructions so that they can be included in all aspects of your pet's care at VCVREC.

While appointments are not necessary to be seen by our Emergency Department, we do suggest that you or your family veterinarian call ahead so we can be prepared for your pet's arrival.  This can be especially helpful when your pet is critically ill and requires life saving emergency measures such as oxygen, anti-epileptic medication and/or emergency surgery.  Be prepared with the following information about your pet to facilitate admission: name, age, spay/neuter status, breed, current problem and duration of that problem, current medications and estimated time of arrival.

As with any emergency department patients are seen on a first come first seen basis; however, we see many pets with emergent problems that can vary from mild injury to life-threatening illness so occasionally we have to prioritize and address the needs of a severely ill or injured patient ahead of other patients.  While we recognize that this can prolong your wait, we hope you understand your inconvenience may save the life of another pet. We do appreciate your patience when these circumstances do arise.

If you are unsure whether your pet's problem constitutes an emergency, please do not hesitate to call us at 610-435-1553.  We are here 24 hours a day 7 days a week and a member of the VCVREC team will be happy to talk with you about your pet's situation.  We truly hope you do not have to face an emergency, but if you do, we are here to help you and your pet.