Emergency Pet Care

As an AAHA-accredited hospital we are prepared with emergency equipment and readily available drugs to handle unscheduled veterinary emergencies during regular office hours. If at all possible, we recommend you call ahead, even if it is to tell us you are on the way, so that we may be ready for your pet’s specific needs.

For emergencies after-hours, please contact:

Upstate Veterinary Specialties

152 Sparrowbush Road
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 783-3198

Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital

Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital

222 Troy-Schenectady Rd.
Latham NY 12110

Please use care when handling your pet if he or she has been injured. Your animal family member will immediately be triaged at the Emergency Clinic. If they need to be hospitalized, the admitting veterinarian will discuss with you the proposed treatment plan.

Veterinary Crises Requiring Immediate Attention

  • Severe accident
  • Prescription medication ingestion
  • Foreign-body ingestion
  • Difficulty or inability to urinate
  • Attack by another animal
  • Broken bone
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that goes
    on for an extended time
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hit by a car
  • Obstetrical problems
  • Collapse
  • Severe pain or cough
  • More than one seizure in
    a 24-hour period

We offer the following AAHA articles as another resource on pet emergencies.

“I just wanted to take a minute and thank you all for being so thoughtful and caring of our animal friends” ~ Stacey M.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the service and mostly the compassion you gave my beloved Pug.” ~ Kevin M.

“Thank you for your care, insights and most of all patience with my “intensive” ways. You gave us all comfort.” ~ Donna C.

“Your thoughtfulness and kind words were most welcome additions to the excellent medical care that Josie received at your hospital.” ~ Helen G.

“I never had to worry about Sara not wanting to go to the vet for office visits, baths or boarding you always gave Sara extra attention!” ~ Shari B.

“A huge THANK YOU for all the years that you and your staff have taken such great care of my kitty cats and their owner!” ~ Pam S.

“I would like to extend the biggest heartfelt thank you for all your kindness. You are truly an outstanding veterinarian!” ~ Ricki V.

“Thank you for helping us in our effort to keep Cash as healthy as possible for as long as we could. You were always so gentle and kind towards him.” ~ Mindi M.

“We remember very fondly all the tender loving care you and your staff provided over the years. For that you have our eternal gratitude.” ~ Ginny G.

“Thank you for all your expertise and support. We have been fortunate to have you and your staff take such good care of Tiger.” ~ Stella C.

“Just a thank you for all the attention you have given in caring for my dog. I cannot thank you enough.” ~ Agnes D.

“The care and concern you, Samantha, Teri, Meghan and Steve have shown our beautiful girl and me, especially during the past 2 months, has been greatly appreciated.” ~ Rita S.

“Thank you all so much for the excellent care that my dog received. In so many ways, it was above and beyond. The many concerned phone conversations, the internet consults, the medicine dosing, all meant so much.” ~ AJ V.

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In 1946, the hospital was awarded its first American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation, a tradition that would be maintained, unbroken, from that year forward. Only a handful of veterinary hospitals throughout the U.S. have maintained accreditation for that length of time.

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