Emergency Care

The human animal bond is stronger than ever. In a recent survey by the American Animal Hospital Association, 93% of pet owners queried said they would risk their life for their pet. Fifty-eight percent of survey respondents said they visit their veterinarians more than their own doctors.

Roccissano Beedle MaverickOur facility is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including all major holidays. Led by Co-Medical Director, Dr. Adam Porter, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC, our emergency physicians Dr. Anthony Roccisano, Dr. Tracy Zeldis, Dr. Jared Ravich and Dr. Stacy Godfrey are available any time night or day. Whether your primary veterinarian’s office is closed or they referred you to our hospital for specialized care. Our highly qualified and experienced emergency doctors, technicians and client care specialists all welcome the opportunity to offer expertise in emergency care. These doctors will work closely with your primary veterinarian and are aided by our specialists to ensure your pet’s illness will be properly managed.

What constitutes an emergency?

We understand that pet emergencies can happen at any time and it can be stressful for both you and your pet. Many times, it can be difficult to determine if it is a true emergency. Below is a list of common concerns that should be addressed by a veterinarian immediately:

  • Breathing difficulty or choking (open-mouth breathing in any cat)
  • Collapse
  • Pale or white gums
  • Seizure disorders
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Inability to rise or use any limb
  • Trauma (fractures, burns, bites)
  • Wounds or lacerations
  • Vehicular accidents
  • Medication or toxin/poison ingestion
  • Swollen/distended or firm abdomen
  • Pregnancy or labor complications
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea (or if either contain fresh blood)
  • Heat stroke
  • Hypothermia
  • Inability to urinate
  • Electrocution
  • Injury to the eye

Please use this list as a guideline only, and if you are ever in doubt please call us immediately at 203-270-VETS(8387)


Critical Care

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If your pet should develop an acute life threatening illness or injury, he/she will require prompt emergency care and may require several days of intensive care and monitoring in an intensive care unit (ICU). At Newtown Veterinary Specialists a team of emergency veterinarians and highly trained technicians are led by our veterinary emergency and critical care specialist Dr. Adam Porter.

A specialist in emergency and critical care is a veterinarian who has completed additional advanced training and is dedicated to the treatment of emergency and life threatening conditions. Once the additional training program is completed the individual is required to pass a difficult examination before being awarded status as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC).

Our criticalist works closely with your primary care veterinarian as well as the other specialists at Newtown Veterinary Specialists to provide advanced care and monitoring of critically ill patients.

Patients that are critically ill and would benefit from the care of a criticalist include:

  • Trauma patients (including those hit by cars, have bite wounds, fall from great heights)
  • Any patient that is in shock
  • Patients that are septic (have severe wide spread infection)
  • Patients having difficulty breathing (including pneumonia, heart failure, smoke inhalation)
  • Patients needing blood product transfusion (whole blood transfusion, red blood cell transfusion, plasma transfusion)
  • Patients suffering from toxin ingestion
  • Patient suffering from heat stroke or hyperthermia/overheating
  • Post-operative patients that are not recovering well or that are having complications
  • Patients needed close monitoring

Our criticalist also works closely with the other specialists at Newtown Veterinary Specialists to:

  • Monitor all patients that are admitted to the hospital
  • Assist in determining anesthestic protocols needed for procedures
  • Monitor patients under anesthesia