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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
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

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. If you would like additional updates on your pet’s status from one of our technicians, please feel free to call us at anytime at 201.262.0010

Visiting Hours

Visitation is primarily available to owners whose pet’s are hospitalized for an extended period of time and are receiving intensive care in our Critical Care Unit (CCU). It is important to coordinate visits with your pet’s doctor to determine an appropriate time that will not interfere with your pets’ treatment schedule. Visits are typically limited to 20 minutes.

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.