Any new symptom can be concerning, though some are more serious than others, and may require more immediate attention.
If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, we urge you to call immediately to discuss your pet’s condition:
- Unconsciousness or Unresponsive or extreme weakness
- Bleeding in volume, or doesn’t stop, or from a body cavity
- Foaming at the mouth
- Hit by car
- Seizure or tremors
- Blue, purple, or pale gums or tongue
- Cat open-mouth breathing
- Bloated, distended abdomen
- Ingestion of snail bait, rat bait, anti-freeze, pills, medications, vitamins, or any suspect substance
WITH INGESTION CALL POISON CONTROL IMMEDIATELY: 1-888-426-4435 (a fee may be charged for this call)
If your pet emergency is BEFORE 10 pm:
PPVH clients may call us at 603-357-4049 TO FIND OUT WHO IS ON CALL.
*PPVH offers after-hours care through 10 pm shared with other local small animal hospitals in the Monadnock Region. Instructions will be left on our voice mail directing you to the practice On-call for that evening through 10 pm.
If your pet emergency is AFTER 10 pm:
There are a few 24/7 Emergency Centers about an hour drive:
1 Intervale Rd. Concord, NH
141 Greenfield Rd. S. Deerfield, MA
ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF NASHUA
168 Main Dunstable Rd. Nashua, NH
WACHUSETT ANIMAL HOSPITAL
29 Theodore Dr. Westminster, MA
Common Pet Emergencies
- Ragdoll Kafe
- Not eating
- Breathing difficulty
- Rash or skin condition
- Ear or eye conditions
- Bite Wounds
Park Place Veterinary Hospital makes every effort to treat pets in a timely manner, especially those in emergency situations, because we value every animal, and wish to provide the best care possible. Often the most serious conditions require the animal to be seen that day.
Park Place Veterinary Hospital provides urgent care/emergency services for our clients when needed during business hours. Non- client pet owners are urged to contact their primary veterinarian when their pet needs urgent care.
What to do when your dog has been quilled.
Park Place Veterinary Hospital often gets calls from owners of dogs who have encountered a porcupine. The typical call usually goes like this, “My dog’s been quilled,” and “How do I remove quills from my dog?” Without knowing the severity, location of the quills on the dog (they can even be inside their mouth) and the dog’s temperament, we recommend owners immediately bring in their dog so the professionals at PPVH can safely remove the quills and inspect for those that may be left broken beneath the surface of the skin.
Some owners attempt to remove the quills themselves and, in some cases, have been successful in finding all of the quills. If you are going to “de-quill” yourself, please be aware that there are certain risks involved both to you and to your dog. Quills often break if pulled out incorrectly, and some are so deep they are impossible to remove by pulling alone. Be sure to carefully feel the area for broken pieces of the quills that may lie hidden beneath the surface of the skin. Your dog will experience ongoing pain which can lead to infection requiring treatment by a veterinarian if any portion of the quill is left in place. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse the area and use an antiseptic.
If your dog is difficult to hold, has become agitated and/or tries to bite you, he will likely require sedation to lay still and taking him to the veterinarian may be your only option.
Tues: 8:30am – 1pm, 2pm – 7pm
Wed: 8:30am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm
Thurs: 8:30am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm
Fri: 8:30am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm