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Emergency & Critical Care

Emergencies can happen at any moment, are often unexpected, and tend to occur after normal business hours when your primary care veterinarian is not available. Illness or injury, we are here for you and your pet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Designated a VetCOT Verified Veterinary Trauma Center by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Oradell Animal Hospital is the only veterinary trauma center in Bergen County. Our team is equipped to handle and treat any pet emergency with expertise and urgency. Rest assured, whether you’re a longtime client, referred by your veterinarian, or find your pet in need of immediate medical care in the middle of the night, we are here to help.

Our ECC department encompasses a vigilant team of specially trained board certified criticalists, staff veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians and assistants. Our state of the art Critical Care Unit is staffed and operational at all times, caring for your companion around the clock as we would our own.

If your pet is not a patient of Oradell Animal Hospital we will collaborate with your family veterinarian to ensure a seamless level of care. Our goal is not take the place of your primary vet, but to function as an extension of their practice. 

ER Protocol

Pets in need of the most urgent attention receive the most immediate care 

All pets are triaged upon arrival. Unstable pets will be seen by a doctor immediately. If your pet is stable you will both be escorted to an exam room when the first emergency doctor is available.

How To Identify An Emergency

Signs & Symptoms

Abnormal anxiety or restlessness
Bleeding
Collapse
Difficulty breathing
Drastic change in body temperature – heat stroke
Excessive diarrhea and/or vomiting
Extreme lethargy
Loss of consciousness
Pale gums
Paralysis or difficulty standing
Seizures or neurologic episodes​
Straining/inability to urinate

Traumatic Injuries

Blunt Force – hit by a car​
Penetrating – gun shot, impalement, animal bites
Acceleration/Deceleration – high rise injury
Crushing – stepped on, crushed by large object
Environmental – burn, venomous snake bite

Toxin Ingestion

If you suspect or know that your pet has ingested any of the following, bring your pet in immediately and please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888)-426-4435

  • Xylitol – artificial sweetener used in sugar-free gum and candy
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes, Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Rat poison, Anti-freeze
  • Coins
  • Houseplants –
  • Human medications – Asprin​, Ibuprofen

If Your Pet Is Hospitalized

If your pet is currently hospitalized your pet’s veterinarian will touch base with you on a daily basis. These updates generally take place after morning rounds, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Additional updates are provided regardless of time, day or night, after a diagnostic procedure or surgery, or if there is a significant change in your pets condition.

To receive an update on your hospitalized pet please call us at (201)-262-0010 option 4. This line is available 7 days a week from 9:00am-5:00pm. Our client communication representatives are updated daily on your pet’s condition by the attending veterinarian and will relay pertinent information to you. If necessary, the doctor will speak with you directly.


Visiting Hours

In compliance with state guidelines, all visitations during this pandemic emergency are approached on a case by case basis, are limited to critically ill patients, and are determined by the case doctor and safety protocols.

Personal Items

While your pet is hospitalized, we request that you take home all personal belongings including: collar, leash, clothing, blankets, bed and toys. There are a lot of moving parts in the hospital and many loads of laundry – we would hate to lose a valuable belonging. Rest assured, patients have clean, comfortable bedding at all times. In certain situations we understand a pet might benefit from an item from home, and will do our very best to make those accommodations.