VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

Handling pet emergencies

What to do in an emergency:

Try to remain calm
Remaining calm will help you to better focus on what you need to do to get help for your pet and help your pet to remain calm as well.

If possible, call VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center at 203-929-8600 first to describe the nature of your pet's problem.
Our staff will give you instructions on how to handle your pet while en route and give you directions to the hospital. They will also alert our medical staff of your pet's emergency.

Use absolute caution when handling and moving your pet
When injured and scared, even a loving pet may bite. If in doubt, gently place a towel or blanket over his or her head, making certain to provide good air circulation for breathing. This will help settle the animal.


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

VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
895 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: 203-929-8600
Fax: 203-944-9754

In the event of a pet medical emergency, no appointment is needed. We are open 24/7/365 to help your pet. For directions to our facility, please call us at at 203-929-8600.