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 the body looks intact
- Blue, white, or very pale gums
- Labored breathing—From minimal to heavy panting
- Collapse or loss of consciousness
- Dizziness, imbalance, or circling
- Inability to walk or stand
- Extremely bloated abdomen or hunched back
- Wound by another animal
- Signs of acute severe pain (such as crying out very loudly and excessively)
- Body temperature over 104 or under 99 (normal is typically 100.5–102.5)
When immediate care is needed after one to two days:
- Poor appetite
- Excessive salivation
- Excessive thirst (increased water intake)
- Frequent and/or inappropriate urination
- Excessive scratching or dull, dry, or flaky hair coat
- Wheezing or frequent panting
- Nasal discharge or congestion
- Displays of mild to moderate pain (such as crying when a specific area is touched or action is taken)
What should I expect when visiting the clinic with an emergency need?
Our dedicated emergency doctors and nurses are expertly prepared to handle any emergency. Your pet will be triaged (assessed) immediately when you arrive and, if necessary, he or she will be stabilized. If your pet’s condition is not critical, there may be a wait to see the emergency veterinarian after initial assessment by a trained veterinary nurse. Non-critical patients are seen in the order in which they arrive. We make every effort to keep the waiting time to a minimum.
We will communicate with your family veterinarian, and with you, working hand-in-hand to determine the best course of action once your pet is stabilized.
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.