The Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware is open for emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
If you need to bring in your pet for care, please call ahead at (302) 322-6933 whenever possible so we can expect you and receive you pet most expediently.
Our phones are always answered by one of our trained and compassionate staff members who can help you—you will never be sent to an answering service or be prompted through a series of automated menu options.
What if I don’t know if it is an emergency?
The compassionate staff of the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware are available by phone to help you evaluate if your pet needs emergency care. In general, we have found that if a pet owner is concerned, there is reason for the pet to be seen.
When it’s an emergency:
- ANY blunt force trauma (hit by car, item, etc.) even if body looks intact
- Blue, white, or very pale gums
- Labored breathing—from minimal to heavy panting
- Collapse or loss of consciousness
- Dizziness, imbalance, circling or head pressing
- Inability to walk or stand
- Extremely bloated abdomen or hunched back
- Wound by another animal
- Signs of acute severe pain (such as crying very loudly and excessively)
- Body temperature over 104 or under 99 (normal is typically 100.5–102.5)
- Non-productive retching
- Inability to urinate
Potentially Serious Situations
- Poor appetite
- Excessive salivation
- Excessive thirst (increased water intake)
- Frequent and/or inappropriate urination
- Displays of mild to moderate pain (such as crying when a specific area is touched)
- Excessive scratching or dull, dry, flaky coat
- Increased breathing rate or effort
- Nasal discharge or congestion
What should I expect when visiting the clinic with an emergency need?
24/7 ON-SITE CARE
Our dedicated emergency doctors and nurses are expertly prepared to handle your pet’s emergencies any time of the day or night. Our hospital is open and staffed every day, every holiday, every minute. Even during a state of emergency or other disaster, VSCD is committed to ensuring on-site staff.
THE PHONE CALL
Our phones are always answered by one of our trained and compassionate staff members who can help you immediately—you will never be sent to an answering service or be prompted through a series of automated menu options.
UPON A PET'S ARRIVAL TO THE VSCD EMERGENCY SERVICE
Upon an emergency arrival to our hospital, all patients will be triaged promptly by a veterinary nurse to ensure stabilization. If a pet’s condition is not critical, there may be a wait to see the emergency veterinarian depending on how critical other patients are at the hospital at that moment. Non-critical patients are seen in the order in which they arrive.
We make every effort to keep the waiting time to a minimum for our patients and their families and remain vigilant in understanding the stress involved with an emergency visit to our hospital.
WORKING WITH PRIMARY VETERINARIANS
A pet’s primary veterinarian is alerted immediately to the pet’s presentation to our hospital, and is directly updated on diagnostics and treatment provided.
We also offer after-hours hospitalization for pets in need of constant monitoring, with diagnostics and surgical facilities readily available when a general veterinary practice is closed.
What emergency services does VSCD offer?
Our emergency veterinarians will see any kind of pet emergency. With access to our specialists, we have the flexibility and resources of our full clinic to call upon to diagnose and treat pet emergencies, and we regularly network with the specialists to provide the best possible veterinary care.
For area veterinarians, we offer transfer services at any time and can provide after-hours hospitalization for pets in need of constant monitoring, with diagnostics and surgical facilities readily available.
Emergencies happen, and when they do, it’s nice to know that high-level emergency services are at your service. When every minute counts, you can count on the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware.
Our Skilled Emergency Team
- KimMi Whitehead, VMD, DACVECC
- Laura Pell, VMD—Manager, ES Clinical Services
- Lorna Dougherty, VMD
- Brittany Gregory, VMD, PHD
- Masha McCarthy, DVM
- Laura Roy-Eitner, DVM
- Danika Sorensen, VMD
- Sandy Stacey, VMD