Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center

Emergency/Critical Care

At Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center, we're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a full staff of top veterinarians, technicians and client care specialists to handle any situation requiring immediate medical attention. Whether your regular veterinarian's office is closed or you have been referred by your family veterinarian, we are prepared to care for your pet and handle all emergencies -- from the minor to most complex.

Our highly trained emergency and critical care teams have direct access to the center's full complement of state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, they are aided by the support of the center's entire interdisciplinary team of specialists, as well as the referring veterinarian - all working in concert to deliver the best, most expeditious treatment possible. Pet medical emergencies can be stressful and traumatic for owners as well as their pets. We provide prompt, attentive, personal service starting the very first moment a patient arrives, with a quick, clear line of communication to the primary care veterinarian and pet owner.

Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center’s Emergency and Critical Care Specialists can help in the event of a medical crisis. When every second counts, we're here and ready to assist you and your pet. For immediate medical assistance or for information, please call our center at 914-241-7700.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations that can be considered an emergency:

  • Traumatic injuries - fractures, bites, burns, lacerations
  • Automobile accidents
  • Wounds, bleeding
  • Known or suspected ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Respiratory emergencies, choking, difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Shock, loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness, staggering, tremors, inability to move, sudden weakness, unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking indicating a problem
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Toxin reactions, poison ingestion
  • Labor that does not progress and delivery problems
  • Blood in urine or feces or vomiting blood
  • Swollen, hard, painful abdomen
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Heatstroke

High Tech Help �" our ICU’s Specialized Services and Equipment

Much of the same high tech medical equipment that human doctors use to help critically ill humans is also available to help save injured or seriously ill pets. At Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center, our Emergency and Critical Care team has access to all of the following cutting edge equipment or capabilities to help your pet recover:

  • 24-hour care and monitoring by veterinarians and veterinary nurses
  • Blood transfusions
  • Complete diagnostic lab for immediate test results
  • Blood gas analyzer and monitoring
  • Emergency surgery
  • Advanced imaging techniques including digital radiography, ultrasonography and CT scan
  • Supplemental oxygen therapy
  • Pulse oximetry, end-tidal CO2 (carbon dioxide) measurement, blood pressure and continuous EKG monitoring
  • Continuous rate infusion for IV fluids and meds
  • Advanced pain management
  • Video-endoscopy
  • Nutritional support


What Is an Emergency and Critical Care veterinarian?

A veterinarian whose sole focus is on emergency and critical care of pets has a background and experience in treating life-threatening conditions. While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations may require the care of a doctor who has had intensive training and experience in handling emergency and critical care of pets. An emergency and critical care veterinarian typically works in tandem with your general practitioner veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

What Is Critical Care?

While an emergency is unfolding, or throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident, ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic care and constant monitoring of your pet's condition may be required. Many emergency and critical care facilities offer 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets and, just as in human hospitals, may have dedicated Intensive Care and Critical Care Units (ICU/CCU). Such facilities are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support. Such facilities also typically have advanced diagnostic capabilities onsite, such as ultrasound and echocardiography.

At Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center, we have a team of emergency and critical care doctors and technicians treating and monitoring critically ill pets around the clock, 365 days a year. In addition, our Intensive Care Unit is equipped with a full complement of advanced, state-of-the-art emergency and critical care medical equipment. In the event of an emergency, our emergency and critical care team is ready at all times to help your pet.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Plan For An Emergency?

Make sure you know ahead of time what your veterinarian's policy is regarding emergency care, both during regular practice hours and after hours. If your veterinarian does not have a referral relationship in place, then make sure you know the location of the closest emergency referral center for your area.

If your pet has an ongoing medical problem that could result in a sudden emergency, make sure you keep any pertinent medical records in a handy place so that you can quickly locate them and bring them with you to the emergency service or hospital in the event of a crisis.
Keep your veterinarian's phone number and any emergency phone numbers and directions next to your phone along with all other important emergency information for your family.
Know basic first aid tips for pets. Ask your veterinarian for these ahead of time during a routine wellness exam

How Can I Avoid An Emergency Situation With My Pet?

It goes without saying that the best way to avoid an emergency is to prevent it in the first place. To reduce the chances that you will experience an emergency situation during the lifetime of your pet, consider the following tips:
 

• Follow your veterinarian's advice regarding all relevant wellness care, including vaccinations, age appropriate health screenings, and parasite prevention.

• Prevent traumatic injury by keeping pets under your control at all times. Keep cats indoors and dogs fenced. When pets venture outdoors, keep them leashed at all times. If you do allow them off leash, limit this privilege to large enclosed areas away from traffic, other potentially aggressive pets, and wildlife.

• Invest the time in training your pet to obey simple commands, such as Come, Sit, Down, Stay, and No.

• Never leave your pet alone or unattended in a car, even with the windows open.

• Pet proof your home, removing all potential hazards from your pet's reach, much the same as you would do with an infant or toddler.

• Supervise your pet as much as possible. Puppies and kittens, just like human babies, like to explore with their mouths. Supervising them during playtime can prevent their ingesting poisonous substances or choking hazards.

• If your pet is coping with a chronic illness, carefully follow all of your veterinarian's recommendations regarding medication administration and check ups.
 

What To Do In An Emergency?

• Call your veterinarian immediately. Even if it is after hours, most veterinarians have recordings that explain how to obtain emergency help for a pet when the practice is closed.
• Call your veterinarian rather than attempting to obtain advice online. Do not leave a voicemail. In an emergency, your pet needs help immediately. Keep going until you get a live person on the other end of the phone who can connect you with a veterinarian or direct you to an emergency facility.
• If you are away from home, consult the yellow pages of the local phone book for the closest veterinary emergency facility.
 

How do I handle my injured pet?

Handle With Care

Pain, fear, and shock can make animals behave differently. When you are faced with a pet emergency, remember that even the most well trained and loving pet can behave differently when feeling ill or in pain. Also realize that even relatively small animals, such as cats or small dogs, are capable of inflicting serious bite and scratch wounds when they are disoriented and in pain. If this occurs, it is important not to take such actions personally, but to realize that it is an expression of the extreme pain or disorientation your pet may be experiencing at the time.

Approach all injured pets with caution. Despite your natural wish to comfort your ill or wounded pet, do not place your face or hands near his or her head until you can assess your pet's condition. If you feel you cannot safely manage the emergency situation, ask your veterinarian for advice on how to handle and transport your pet when you call to report the emergency. Sometimes wrapping small, injured pets in towels (taking care not to cause further injury or pain) or placing larger pets in crates or carriers for transport may be the safest option for both you and your pet.
 

Services Offered in Emergency/Critical Care

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

EMERGENCY CARE

24/7/365, if your pet has a medical emergency, you can find us at the following address:

KATONAH BEDFORD VETERINARY CENTER
546  BEDFORD ROAD (ROUTE 117), BEDFORD HILLS, NY 10507
TEL: 914-241-7700

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Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving pets and their people in Westchester County and surrounding areas, including Putnam, Dutchess and Fairfield counties. If you suspect your pet is having a medical crisis, our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to assist you.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.

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