Emergency 2018-02-28T15:07:00+00:00

When Every Second Counts

24 Hour Emergency Care.

(908) 232-1048
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Because an injured or critically ill pet needs immediate attention, Westfield Veterinary Group’s emergency veterinary service provides walk-in care, without an appointment, 24 hours a day.

Here your pet receives the same high-level of care that you’d receive at the finest hospital emergency department for humans. That’s why so many pet owners and veterinarians alike turn to us in a medical emergency, particularly after-hours.

Our veterinarians are highly skilled in emergency and critical care, and our equipment and diagnostic resources are cutting-edge. Equally important, if your pet needs to remain hospitalized, we have a fully staffed intensive care unit (ICU) with professionals who care for and closely monitor all hospitalized patients.

What to do in an emergency


If your pet is injured or becomes severely ill:

  • Stay calm
  • Don’t attempt to administer home remedies
  • Call us and discuss the emergency with our staff
  • Be careful when moving your pet (animals in pain often bite or scratch)
  • Bring your pet’s medications, medical records if you have them, and packaging of anything your pet may have ingested

If possible, we encourage you to call us at 908-232-1048 before you come in so we can be prepared for your arrival. You know your pet. If you feel like something is wrong and are concerned, it’s always better to bring your pet in.

Questions about whether it’s an emergency? Simply call us at 908-232-1048. We’re here around the clock.

Signs of an emergency situation

  • Acute abdominal swelling (bloat/GDV)
  • Collapse, difficulty standing/walking
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Heat stroke (excessive or loud panting, extreme thirst, vomiting, a bright red tongue and pale gums)
  • High or low temperature (including frostbite and heatstroke)

    • Inability to urinate or defecate
    • Poisoning or toxic ingestion
    • Recurrent vomiting or diarrhea
    • Repetitive and prolonged seizures
    • Snake bites
    • Squinting, bulging or painful eyes
    • Trauma (hit by car, accident)
    • Unable to urinate or defecate

Paying for emergency care     

When you arrive, one of our veterinary nurses will triage your pet and assess the severity of their condition. A veterinarian will then examine your pet to determine the nature of the emergency, your pet’s condition, and what further diagnostics and/or treatment are recommended. An estimate is prepared based on this evaluation and, if your pet requires hospitalization, half of the estimated treatment plan is required as a deposit. The balance is to be paid upon discharge.

Learn more about the payment options available at Westfield Veterinary Group.