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Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital

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Emergency & Critical Care

Our New Hampshire Emergency and Critical Care team is on-site 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Our emergency and critical care veterinarians are highly specialized in the treatment of patients who have sustained trauma, are critically ill, and require intensive, critical care. We also treat minor emergencies and provide care for patients needing medical attention when your family vet is unavailable.

What to Do if You Suspect Your Pet Has Eaten Something Toxic?

Gather any packaging or remains of anything that was eaten or suspected of being eaten! This step will help speed up the diagnosis. Please don’t be shy; if it was marijuana or any other embarrassing (or illicit) product, please be honest with our team; it will speed up diagnosis and treatment.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435

Pet Poison Helpline: (800) 213-6680

Read our guideline PDF >

Pet-Specific First Aid Kit

We recommend keeping a pet-specific first aid kit in your car as a best practice, just as you would a human-first aid kit. Keep the print out in your kit for when you need to restock.

View our First Aid Kit Checklist >

Our emergency and critical care department team works with other specialists and your primary care veterinarian to provide the comprehensive care your pet needs. Our emergency veterinarians and critical care specialists have extensive training in a complete range of emergency and critical care services and are supported by a team of experienced veterinary technicians.

Your family veterinarian may refer you to an emergency or critical care doctor for diagnosis and ongoing support of many conditions, including, but not limited to:


  • Radiography (X-Rays)

  • Ultrasound

Emergency Services

  • Comprehensive Emergency Medical Exam : what does it include?

  • Surgical Services through Emergency/Critical Care : What we can treat

  • Acute pain

  • Continuous EKG monitoring

  • Dystocia management (difficulty giving birth)

  • Full cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including defibrillation

  • Immune-related diseases

  • Infectious diseases

  • Kidney and liver disease

  • Neurologic problems

  • Peritonitis

  • Pneumonia and lung disease

  • Severe pancreatitis

  • Severe gastrointestinal emergencies (bloat)

  • Sepsis management

  • Seizure management

  • Toxicosis or poisonings

  • Trauma

  • Trouble breathing

  • Trouble walking

  • Trouble urinating

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team