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Old Derby Animal Hospital

Emergency Vet Care

in Hingham, MA

If you’re having a pet emergency, please call us immediately at (781) 749-2800. This will give us time to prepare for your pet’s arrival and treatment.

Doctor Examining Dog's Eye While Nurse is Holding Dog

When calling Old Derby after-hours or outside office hours you will have the option to be transferred to a live triage service.

Our partners at Guardian Vets are available when we are not.

Their trained medical professionals will help assess your pets’ condition and determine if a trip to the emergency room in necessary or if your pet is stable enough to be seen during normal office hours.

To utilize this service, please call (781) 749-2800 and follow the prompts.

After Hours Emergencies

If your pet is experiencing an emergency, Old Derby Animal Hospital recommends you take them to one of the excellent emergency veterinarians in the Boston, MA area.

For clear emergencies, Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston is available 24/7/365 for Emergency and Critical Care services.

Recognizing the Signs of an Emergency

Here are some examples where emergency action should be taken:

  • Difficulty breathing/choking/wheezing

  • Chronic cough

  • Pale gums

  • Lethargic

  • Not eating or drinking for more than 24 hours

  • Vomiting/diarrhea for more than 24 hours

  • Straining to urinate or pass stool

  • Belly feels hard and swollen

  • Bleeding from nose, ears, mouth, or rectum

  • Hit by a car

  • Fell from a height (such as a window or from a moving vehicle)

  • Attacked by another pet or wild animal

  • Ingested poison (rodenticide, pesticide, wild mushroom, antifreeze)

  • Possibly has a broken bone

  • Has a deep bite/puncture/laceration wound or degloving injury

  • Collapse

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Having a seizure

  • Wobbly, “drunken” walking

  • Unable to stand or move

  • Sitting or standing with forehead pressed against the wall

  • Crying out when touched

The bottom line is this—if you feel that something isn’t right with your pet, please contact us right away so we can help.

Even if you think your pet’s condition may not be serious, a veterinarian’s opinion can provide important and potentially life-saving insight.