Emergency & Critical Care
The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet.
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The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet. We serve central Massachusetts as a primary emergency hospital, and New England and beyond for referral of critically ill or injured pets.
Upon arrival at the hospital, your pet will be triaged, stabilized (if necessary), then a veterinarian and a final-year veterinary student will meet with you to discuss options for your pet's care and treatment. This may include repair of minor wounds or lacerations, treatment of gastrointestinal upset, definitive repair of trauma, and diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary, endocrine or renal problems. Diagnostic imaging (radiographs and ultrasound) is available around the clock as needed, as is diagnostic laboratory testing for evaluation of blood samples. More advanced treatments include blood transfusion, specialized coagulation testing and emergency surgical procedures.
Our Emergency Service and Intensive Care Unit is home to the largest veterinary critical care training program in the country. Equally important, the Emergency Service is staffed by people who have pets themselves and understand the deep value of the human-animal bond. Our staff recognize that having to use the emergency service is stressful, and will work to keep you informed and to help you understand what is happening.
The emergency service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a walk-in basis. If you are unsure if your pet's condition is an emergency, please call 508-839-5395 (Option 3).
- Mechanical Ventilation
- Wound Management
- Blood Component Therapy
- Post-surgical Critical Care
- Anticoagulation Monitoring
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Continuous Cardiac monitoring (EKG)
- Advanced Fluid Therapy
- Emergencies: 508-839.5395, Option #3
- Referring Veterinarian's Client Liaison (Rose Shaughnessy): 508-887-4745