Emergency/Critical Care


Emergency/Critical Care

At some point in your dog’s or cat’s life, the unexpected will happen. A bone may break, a bite wound may occur, or they might get into something that makes them sick to their stomach. It’s at these times, pet owners on the Connecticut shoreline know Clinton Veterinary Hospital is there to handle the crisis.


When it comes to emergency and critical care, time is of the essence. You need a skilled veterinarian to treat the immediate problem. You need the ability to run tests or take X-rays. And you want the convenience of filling prescriptions for things like pain meds right at hand. All this is what Clinton Veterinary Hospital provides.

In addition, our facility offers a board-certified orthopedic surgeon when your beloved pet suffers a torn ACL, fracture, or other orthopedic injury.


Sometimes pet owners know their animal is having an issue, but are not entirely sure it warrants an immediate trip to the hospital. Here are some guidelines for accessing our emergency care services:

  • Bleeding—Any wound that cannot be easily closed up by a bandage requires immediate veterinary care.
  • Consumption of toxins or foreign objects—If you know your dog or cat swallowed something like rat poison, a sock, or other objects, do not hesitate to bring him or her in. We can often avoid a crisis by inducing vomiting and saving your pet from a costly surgery.
  • Convulsions and seizures—These are symptoms of potentially serious health issues. Bring your pet to see us right away.
  • Pain—If your pet seems uncomfortable, lethargic, or disoriented, he or she may be in serious pain.
  • Trauma—Swelling, bite wounds, lacerations—these all require immediate care.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea—If your dog or cat cannot keep food down or is suddenly and repetitively ill, they need our immediate care.

These are not the only emergency-level issues your pet may face; these are just commonplace ones to serve as a general guide. When in doubt, play it safe and come in right away.


So what happens when these critical care issues arise after our facility has closed? Clinton Veterinary Hospital is proud to partner with the following 24-hour emergency care providers serving the Connecticut shoreline:

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine-Guilford 
535 Boston Post Rd,
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 533-6444

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine 
4 Devine St.
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 865-0878

Clinton Veterinary Hospital can take emergency cases during the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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