Emergency & Critical Care

A medical emergency is frightening for you and your pet. Knowing that Long Island’s most advanced veterinary emergency and critical care facility is here for you 24/7 can make things a little easier.

With a highly skilled trauma team, advanced technology and a fully staffed intensive care unit (ICU), LIVS is equipped to handle emergencies for dogs, cats, and all exotic animals including birds, rabbits, reptiles and other pocket pets—ensuring the best possible outcome for your pet and peace of mind for you.

Our emergency center has streamlined access to LIVS’ other specialists when needed, and we work closely with your primary care veterinarian who’ll resume your pet’s care after discharge. This way, you can be sure that your pet is receiving the most comprehensive, well-coordinated emergency, trauma, or critical care available, aimed at getting your pet home as soon as possible. If your pet is in need of emergency care, call us right away.

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When time is of the essence, LIVS is here 24/7

If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, contact your primary veterinarian immediately. For after-hours emergencies, LIVS is available 24/7/365.

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Choking, difficulty breathing, respiratory distress
  • Collapse
  • Diabetic insulin crisis
  • Distended belly
  • Heatstroke
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnant and in labor (straining for 2 hours without giving birth)
  • Seizures
  • Straining to urinate or defecate
  • Trauma, hit by car, fight, laceration
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Vomiting

In case of emergency: What to do first

When your pet has an urgent, life-threatening medical emergency, it’s important to be prepared and know what to do. Here are some important tips, starting with:

Have your pet’s veterinarian’s office number handy. Know their hours of operation and instructions for what to do in an emergency.

When your regular veterinarian’s clinic is closed or they recommend you visit the ER, call LIVS at 516-501-1700 or come right over. In an emergency, no appointment is necessary.

Emergency Vet & Critical Care