Emergency Services



Emergency Pet CareThe veterinary team at Stamford Veterinary Center understands medical emergencies for a beloved pet can, and often do, happen outside of normal business hours. To best meet all your pet’s needs, we work to make sure you have access to 24/7 emergency care.

During our regular business hours, Stamford Veterinary Center’s medical staff and resources are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. This includes our internal medicine expertise, diagnostic technology and surgical suite. If possible, please call in advance so we can prepare for your arrival.

For emergencies that occur outside of our regular hospital hours, we refer our clients to either of the following emergency facilities:

Cornell University Veterinary Specialists
880 Canal Street
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 595-2777


Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
123 West Cedar Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 854-9960

When Should I Seek Emergency Care for My Pet?

The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute abdominal swelling
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Seizures
  • Sudden onset of weakness or lameness
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
  • Unable to urinate or defecate
  • Ingestion or suspected ingestion of prescription or over-the-counter drugs, chocolate, grapes, raisins, household cleaning agents, foreign objects such as toys, coins, or clothing