CT Shoreline Emergency Pet & Critical Care for Clinton, Madison, Killingworth & More

Emergency/Critical Care

At some point in your dog’s or cat’s life, the unexpected will happen. A bone may break, a bite wound may occur, or they might get into something that makes them sick to their stomach. It’s at these times, pet owners on the Connecticut shoreline know Clinton Veterinary Hospital is there to handle the crisis.

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Critical Care Under One Roof

When it comes to emergency and critical care, time is of the essence. You need a skilled veterinarian to treat the immediate problem. You need the ability to run tests or take X-rays. And you want the convenience of filling prescriptions for things like pain meds right at hand. All this is what Clinton Veterinary Hospital provides.

In addition, our facility offers a board-certified orthopedic surgeon when your beloved pet suffers a torn ACL, fracture, or other orthopedic injury.

What Is a Pet Care Emergency?

Sometimes pet owners know their animal is having an issue, but are not entirely sure it warrants an immediate trip to the hospital. Here are some guidelines for accessing our emergency care services:

  • Bleeding— Any wound that cannot be easily closed up by a bandage requires immediate veterinary care.
  • Consumption of toxins or foreign objects— If you know your dog or cat swallowed something like like rat poison, a sock or other objects, do not hesitate to bring him or her in. We can often avoid a crisis by inducing vomiting and saving your pet from a costly surgery.
  • Convulsions and seizures— These are symptoms of potentially serious health issues. Bring your pet to see us right away.
  • Pain— If your pet seems uncomfortable, lethargic, or disoriented, he or she may be in serious pain.
  • Trauma— Swelling, bite wounds, lacerations, these all require immediate care.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea— If your dog or cat cannot keep food down or is suddenly and repetitively ill, they need our immediate care.

These are not the only emergency-level issues your pet may face; these are just commonplace ones to serve as a general guide. When in doubt, play it safe and come in right away.

After Hours Pet Emergencies

So what happens when these critical care issues arise after our facility has closed? Clinton Veterinary Hospital is proud to partner with the following 24-hour emergency care providers serving the Connecticut shoreline:

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine-Guilford
535 Boston Post Rd,
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 533-6444

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine
4 Devine St.
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 865-0878

Clinton Veterinary Hospital can take emergency cases during the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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"We have been extremely happy with all the docs in this group. Would highly recommend."—Lisa K. Old Saybrook, CT

"Not a fault to be had! Wonderful & caring staff! Your pet will be well cared for!!"

"Care is always knowledgeable and administered with compassion."—Marilyn S. Clinton, CT

"Everyone at this practice genuinely cares for every animal they see. I would not take my cat any place else. They provide consistent service and are knowledgeable and professional."—Elle MP, Westbrook, CT

"Clinton Veterinary Hospital is always so great with Lilly. They always make sure that she is given the best care. The doctors are so courteous and the staff is amazing. I trust them completely with her!!"—Andrea G, Clinton, CT

"I got a same day appt when I called in the morning. Dr Price found the cause and discussed treatment options. By the next morning my cat was his old self. Great staff!"—Paula H.

"Leni loves visiting Dr. Price, and I am always happy knowing she is receiving the best care possible. Thank you!"—Courtney B., Deep River, CT

"I love Clinton vet ! And feel that I am getting The best possible care. They are knowledgeable and very kind kind to my two Pomeranians."—Laura E., Clinton CT

"We have been clients for many years-since 1978. Over that time we have had 3 cats and 6 dogs that we have taken to Clinton Veterinary. They have always been wonderful to our pets and us. Dr Price has continued the wonderful care to our current dogs, Ralph and Dodger. They have a great support staff also-very caring."—Anne C. Guilford, CT

"Dr. Santelli has been wonderful helping us decode Kohl's allergies since we adopted him last month. We have not had experience with the immunotherapy injections we chose to treat with and she has always welcomed questions and has great feedback."—Jessica B.

"I am very happy with CVH and I especially like Dr. Santelli. She is great with my dogs and understands the rules and regs on getting dogs overseas and back. She is super!"—Maureen G. Lyme, CT

We Are Here for You, We Want to Hear From You:

Clinton Veterinary Hospital welcomes your calls and your face-to-face visits. We want you to be informed before, during, and after any interaction with us.

Clinton Veterinary Hospital

  • Monday – Friday
    8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    (Appointments begin at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday
    8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    (Appointments begin at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday

After Hours Emergencies

Clinton Veterinary Hospital sees emergencies Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. For emergencies during all other hours, please contact one of the facilities below:

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine-Guilford
Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine

Connect With Us:

(860) 669-5721