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We, at Dr. PetLover, appreciate all that our wonderful caregivers do to keep our furry family members healthy and safe! The following is some information we feel you should keep handy...just in case.

When to take your dog to the ER…

  • · Difficulty breathing, which may be manifested as blue gums, coughing of foamy, pink frothy liquid, panting constantly, or stretching the head and neck out while breathing

  • · Constant coughing and inability to rest through the night

  • · A distended, “bloated” abdomen

  • · Non-productive retching (which is classic for gastric-dilitation volvulus or “GDV”)

  • · Anxiety or restlessness (often a sign of pain or a GDV)

  • · Pale gums (which is often seen with internal bleeding or anemia)

  • · An elevated heart rate (> 160 beats per minute at home)

  • · A respiratory rate of > 60 breaths per minute at home while resting

  • · Crying out in pain

  • · Jaundiced (yellow gums)

  • · Not being able to move or walk or dragging of the back legs

  • · Extreme lethargy

  • · Any significant amounts of bleeding

  • · Any trauma

  • · Any poisoning or toxin ingestion

  • · Vomiting more than two or three times

  • · Abnormal vaginal discharge

  • · Abnormal odor from your dog

  • · Fever

  • · Squinting, bulging, or painful eyeballs

  • · Straining to urinate, making multiple trips to urinate, squatting to urinate without producing any urine

  • · Collapse

  • · Anything that makes you worried

  • · Tremors or seizures

  • · Any abnormal behavior that you’re worried about (e.g., acting aloof or particularly clingy)

Pet Health Network Article, posted 12/18/14

When To Bring Your Dog to the ER

By Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM DACVECC

Some sure signs to take your cat to the ER include:

  • Difficulty breathing (like open-mouth breathing, panting, or a respiratory rate over fifty breaths/minute [hint: count the number of breaths in fifteen seconds and multiple by four to get the total breaths per minute])

  • Hiding (under the bed, in the closet)

  • Not moving

  • Straining or making multiple trips to the litter box

  • Excessive grooming “back there” with the penis sticking out (seriously – this is really dangerous and is typically a feline urethral obstruction or urinary blockage, which I’ll talk about in a future blog)

  • Lack of urine in the litter box for more than 36 hours

  • Painful when picking up

  • Profuse vomiting (more than 2-3 times in a night)

  • Excessive drooling

  • Sitting over the water bowl and not moving

  • Seizuring or twitching

  • Any kind of trauma

  • Any kind of poisoning

  • Any string hanging out of any orifice (For real. Please don’t pull and leave all orifices to veterinary professionals).

While this list isn’t complete, it’s a good initial guideline.

Pet Health Network Article, posted 12/18/14

When To Bring Your Cat to the ER

By Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM DACVECC


Oradell Animal Hospital

580 Winters Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

(201) 262-0010

*Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Blue Pearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital

545 Route 17 South, Paramus, NJ 07652

(201) 527-6699

*Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Englewood Veterinary Center

25 S Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ 07631

(201) 266-5558

*Doctor available by phone 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Animal Emergency & Referral Associates

975 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006

(973) 788-0500

*Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

North Jersey Veterinary Emergency Services LLC

724 Ridge Rd, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

(201) 438-7122

* Monday thru Friday 6pm to 7:30am

Weekends: Saturday 12pm until Monday 7:30am

Westfield Veterinary Group

562 Springfield Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090

(908) 232-1048

Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Newton Veterinary Hospital (Sussex County)

116 Hampton House Rd, Newton, NJ 07860

(973) 383-4321

24 hours/ 7 days a week

Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic

540 NJ-10, Randolph, NJ 07869

(973) 328-2844

Mon-Fri (8:00pm-8:00am), Sat (2:00pm-8:00am)


21 US-206, Raritan, NJ 08869

(908) 707-9077

Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Central Jersey Veterinary Emergency Service

Route 27. Iselin, NJ 08830

(732) 283-353-5643

24 hours/ 7 days a week

Garden State Veterinary Services

1200 Rt. 9 North, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

(732) 283-3535

24 hours/ 7 days a week

Northstar Vets

315 Robbinsville Allentown Rd, Robbinsville, NJ 08691

(609) 259-8300

Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Garden State Veterinary Specialists

1 Pine St, Tinton Falls, NJ

(732) 922-0011

Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

197 Hance Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

(732) 747-3636

Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Jersey Shore Veterinary Emergency Service

1000 NJ-70, Lakewood, NJ 08701

(732) 363-3200

Mon-Fri 8:00pm-8:00am

Weekends: 3:00pm Saturday-8:00am Monday morning

Ocean View Veterinary Hospital

2033 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

(609) 486-5025

Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Linwood

535 Maple Ave, Linwood, NJ 08221

(609) 926-5300

Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Animal Emergency Service of South Jersey

220 Mt Laurel Rd, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054

(856) 236-7626

Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Regional Veterinary Emergency Service

4250 NJ-42, Turnersville, NJ 08012

(856) 728-1400

Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

***ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline

Is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have been exposed to a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435.

Please have your credit card available, as there may be a $65 consultation fee. 

Dr. Petlover would like you to consider pet insurance for its many benefits. VPI, Trupanion, ASPCA Pet Insurance, Healthy Paws, Pet Plan, Embrace Pet Insurance, Pet First, Pets Best Insurance, PetPartners, and Pet Premium are just to name a few.

*While Dr. Petlover makes every effort to share accurate and reliable information on this web site, Dr. PetLover does not endorse any of the above mentioned services or products. The information above is for reference only. Use of above mentioned services and/or products is voluntary and should be reviewed or researched independently.  

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