With 3 Locations and Multiple Veterinarians, Rockland Veterinary Is Here When You Need Us Most

You need to come in NOW if:

  • Your cat is breathing with his or her mouth open.
  • Your dog or your cat appears to be having trouble breathing.
  • Your dog or cat is unresponsive or is difficult to arouse.
  • Your dog or cat is lethargic and has pale or bluish colored gums.
  • Your puppy or kitten has had diarrhea and/or vomiting for more than 3 hours or more than 3 episodes of vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Your dog or cat is actively bleeding.
  • Your dog or cat is having a seizure.
  • Your dog or cat has had an acute onset of lethargy.
  • Your dog or cat has not eaten in 24 hours.
  • Your dog or cat has had some kind of physical trauma.
  • You suspect or know that your dog or cat has ingested a known poison, prescription medication, or recreational drug.
  • You have a male cat that is having difficulty urinating, is yowling, or is making frequent, minimally-productive visits to the litter box.
  • Is not bearing any weight on one or more limbs.
  • Your puppy or kitten is refusing to eat for longer than 3 hours.
  • You are concerned that your flat-faced dog or cat has overheated.

You need to come in TODAY if none of the above is true and:

  • Your pet is sneezing or coughing
  • Has fleas.
  • Was in a fight with another animal and may have been bitten, but otherwise appears to be okay.
  • Itching.
  • Has a wound that will not heal.
  • Has blood in his or her stool, but does not have severe diarrhea.
  • Is lethargic, but still responsive.
  • Is shaking his or her head.
  • Has blood in his or her urine (see information on male cat above).
  • Is limping.
  • Has had fewer than 3 episodes of vomiting or diarrhea, but not more.

Avoid Emergencies

  • Has annual veterinary visits at Rockland and is routinely screened for disease.
  • Visit the ASPCA website to review the various household items that are toxic to pets.
  • Keeping all foods and waste out of reach of dogs and cats
  • Puppy and kitten proof your home by picking up items small enough to be chewed up or eaten and swallowed.
  • Keeping all household cleaning products out of reach
  • Ensuring that any insecticides or rodenticides are out of reach of your pet
  • Ensuring that your pet cannot have contact with rodents that have accessed rodenticides.
  • Is leashed when walking.
  • Is supervised during visits with other animals.
  • Has no access to poisonous houseplants.
  • NEVER leave your dog or cat in a car, EVEN WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN. Every year, dogs and cats overheat and/or die after ‘brief’ exposures to temperatures inside a car.

What To Do In Care Of Emergency

For the best possible outcome, pet emergencies must be handled by one of our doctors.  Call us at 845-354-1800.  In the meantime you can use these guidelines:

  • Hit By Car Or Other Physical Trauma
    Keep your pet warm and still as possible.  Call us immediately.  Even though your pet is not showing any outward signs of injury, the trauma that he or she experienced may have caused internal bleeding or other problems that are potentially life threatening.
  • Active Bleeding
    Apply pressure to the wound and get your pet to a veterinarians as soon as possible.  Do not attempt to bandage a wound on your own.  Bandaging wounds that have not been cleaned properly or wounds that are deeper than they appear can become infected. Bad bandaging can cut off circulation to healthy tissue and cause necrosis of healthy tissue.
  • Bite Wounds
    When animals bite, they puncture and pull.  The action creates pockets of space between the skin and the underlying tissue that can not be visualized.  Without treatment, these wounds become infected.  You may treat actively bleeding bite wounds with pressure, but they must be attended to by one of our veterinarians.
  • Ingested Poisons, Medications, or Recreational Drugs
    Induce vomiting in your pet.  Call us immediately with your pet’s weight and age and we’ll provide you with information on how to make your pet vomit, and then schedule him or her an appointment to follow up.
  • Ingested a Foreign Object
    If you know or suspect that your dog or cat has ingested a foreign object, do not try to induce vomiting.  Call us with specific information about your pet’s age, size and what you believe he or she may have eaten and we’ll provide you with a treatment plan.
  • Not Bearing Weight On Limb
    Do not attempt to put a splint or to inspect your dog or cat’s injured limb.  Because it is likely painful, you may get bitten.  Confine your pet to a space that prevents a lot of mobility, call us, and allow us to assess the situation.
  • Overheating
    Cool your pet by standing him or her in cold water or mist the pads of his or her feet with rubbing alcohol.  If you have a swimming pool or large bathtub, you can support your pet in the water.
  • Small Puppy or Kitten That is Not Eating
    Dogs and cats can die without a steady stream of calories into their bodies. If your small puppy or kitten has not/will not eat after 4 hours, allow him or her to lick honey or syrup from your fingertip, and then call us for an appointment.

Visit the Pet Poison Control Website

For more information on potential household poisons and problems, visit the ASPCA poison control website.