Emergency Vet

Paoli Vetcare takes pet emergencies during business hours & extended times after-hours for established clients, whenever possible. Our team is trained and equipped to handle any of your pet’s urgent care needs. Always attempt to call our number first when you think your pet is having an emergency.

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OFFICE HOURS EMERGENCY VET SERVICES:

You know your pet better than anyone else. Trust your instincts! If you are worried that your pet is in need of emergency veterinary care, call us right now, so we can help you decide if you are dealing with a serious medical condition that requires immediate care. If you arrive with a pet in a life-threatening situation, expect that the patient will immediately be taken back to our treatment area so the vet can thoroughly assess your pet and begin procedures for emergency stabilization.

Accidents and urgent pet health problems often happen when you least expect them. From the relatively minor–like an ear injury that won’t stop bleeding, to the life-threatening–like a bee sting resulting in a rapidly swelling face, we understand you want a vet that you truly believe cares about you, your pet, and is happy to spend time addressing all of your concerns and questions.

Paoli Vetcare will provide professional advice to ensure your safety and the best first aid for your pet before you arrive at our animal hospital. Call us immediately to describe your pet’s symptoms so our veterinarians can give you the proper instructions on how to safely transport an injured animal, minimizing the risk of further injury to both you or your pet during this scary time.

We pride ourselves on having a trained and fully-equipped team that’s qualified to handle your pet’s most urgent needs. While we do understand that emergencies are unpredictable, we still strongly advise you to call our number as soon as you realize your pet may be having an emergency. When we know you are on the way, we are best able to make the necessary preparations so we are ready to assess and treat your pet immediately upon arrival.

Paoli Vetcare’s veterinarians have over 50 years combined experience and our facility comes equipped with advanced technology that will help ensure that we diagnose your pets quickly and accurately. In fact, our animal hospital has been providing comprehensive veterinary services for over 70 years in Chester County, as well as in neighboring Delaware County and Montgomery County. 

Pets are our passion–getting and keeping them healthy is our number one priority. Of course, we are all pet parents too and we guarantee you that we treat each of our dog and cat patients as we would our own. It’s an honor that so many neighbors have entrusted their pets’ health care to us for over 25 years.

Each and every day, we are committed to delivering the highest quality care for your pets in our cozy, vintage vet clinic atmosphere. Your experience as a Paoli Vetcare client is a top priority. We believe that both you and your pets deserve nothing less than the best. 

New client consultations are always no charge. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to check out our hospital and learn more about our doctors and their practice philosophy. If you have a non-life threatening emergency, get in touch now to make an emergency appointment and we will do our best to make sure you are seen today. Meet one of our emergency vets and get free advice on how to proceed with common urgent problems like vomiting, diarrhea, or–especially with cats–difficulty urinating.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK MY PET MIGHT BE POISONED?

Don’t worry. The answer is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

  1. If your pet is having seizures, difficulty breathing or is losing consciousness, get to the nearest specialty emergency service immediately. Call on your way if you can. We recommend Hope Veterinary Specialists.
  2. Gather and take with you any evidence of exposure to a toxin or poison–wrappers, bags, labels, pill bottles, etc. Samples of vomit or stool are also helpful.
  3. Even if your pet seems normal, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. For more detail, read on…

When I searched for “what to do for poisoned pet,” the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) link wasn’t shown until the 3rd page of results! Unfortunately, today’s internet search results are cluttered with paid advertisements and unreliable services trying to make a quick buck. It’s really hard to know who to trust. 

You can trust ASPCA APCC’s service to help when you think your pet may be affected by any type of potential poison exposure. They are your best resource, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for poison-related symptoms or questions. Their poison control experts are specially-trained veterinary toxicologists who work with pet owners and veterinary professionals nationwide. These experts can quickly access a database with more than one million animal cases involving all types of toxic exposures, including plants, drugs, foods, metals, and pesticides. 

Before you call, gather up any evidence you can find. It’s critical to have the label or packaging of the potential poison and a sample of any vomit or diarrhea, which may help the expert decipher your pet’s symptoms. Even if there are no signs of illness now, if you are suspicious that your pet may have ingested something toxic, call Poison Control immediately. For example, APCC may advise you to induce vomiting, possibly preventing a toxic substance from being absorbed into your pet’s system. But it is important that you never induce vomiting without consulting a veterinarian, since sometimes vomiting will make your pet worse. Or maybe the veterinary toxicologist will advise watchful waiting, allowing you to avoid a costly trip to the ER.

When you talk to APCC, take notes, it’s very important that you follow the guidance you are given. You will likely be instructed to come to Paoli Vetcare for a hands-on assessment or maybe even a specialty emergency veterinary service. If it’s necessary, an APCC case will be opened for your pet, and there will be a one-time $65 consultation fee. It’s worth it because this service may make the difference between life and death. You will get a case number (write it down,) it allows you and your local veterinarian to get follow-up information and additional consultations as your pet recovers. 

After contact with Poison Control, please call us with a report on your pet’s current condition and your ASPCA APCC case number so your Paoli Vetcare veterinarian can consult directly with Poison Control. That way, we will be better able to answer any of your questions and help you plan the next steps.

If your pet is experiencing any of the following, please call us immediately:

    • Animal attacks
    • Bleeding
    • Collapse episodes
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Difficulty urinating
    • Hit-by-car incidents
    • Ingestion of medications, poisons, or objects
    • Seizure
    • Severe diarrhea
    • Unresponsiveness
    • Repeated vomiting

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What Our Customers Say

Paoli Vet Staff are very knowledgeable, helpful, courteous and friendly. My two dogs have received excellent care from Jay Rowan, for over 20 years! Jay is a personable, knowledgeable, exceptional vet who loves his furry patients as does his staff.

Mirella R.

For the last 20+ years, we have been very fortunate to have Dr. Rowan as our dogs’ veterinarian. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, and a very skilled doctor and surgeon. The staff is kind, helpful and dedicated. We highly recommend Paoli Vetcare!

Gary and Sue S.

My dog ate about three boxes of Girl Scout cookies a few nights ago and Dr. Dawn has been so great about checking in as he works the cookies, plastic, and box out of his system. I highly recommend Paoli Vetcare and thank them for taking such great care of my sweet boy!

Emma A.

Veterinarians You Can Trust

Jay Rowan, VMD

Dr. Rowan treats all pets as if they are his own. Stop in to check out Dr. R’s collection of veterinary antiques and vintage advertising featuring dogs and cats. Clients appreciate his exceptional “petside” manner.

Dawn Urioste, DVM

For over 20 years, she has specialized in small animal medicine; caring for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, gerbils, and mice. She enjoys practicing preventative medicine in addition to diagnosing and treating sick pets

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Our Address

1476 East Lancaster Ave
Paoli, PA 19301
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Our Hours

Monday: 8 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: 8 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 8 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 8 am – 6 pm
Friday: 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 12 pm
Sunday: Closed