Emergency & Critical Care

Around-the-Clock Pet Emergency Care: Three NJ Locations

Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals provide 24-hour emergency & critical care 365 days a year in three locations. This service is open to all small animal companion pets in need of immediate medical attention. Experienced veterinarians are on premises at all times, assisted by technicians trained in emergency & critical care. Together, they handle a wide range of medical and surgical emergencies.


All Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals emergency centers have the same goals as human emergency rooms: stabilize, treat, and monitor patients. Patient care and client satisfaction are our top priorities. We understand each pet is accompanied by a concerned owner, and we take the time to comfort both of you.

Our emergency teams utilize the most current diagnostic and surgical technology to evaluate and stabilize patients. We have access to advanced diagnostics, such as endoscopy, MRI, and CT. Emergency surgery can be performed any time of the day or night.

If you think your pet is sick or injured and you’re not sure what to do, contact the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital most convenient to you. Our experienced triage technicians assess the situation and determine whether your pet needs to be seen by a member of our emergency staff.


Our Intensive Care Unit provides 24-hour hospital care for the most critically ill patients. Equipped with oxygen cages, ventilators, computerized fluid pumps, heart monitors, and other advanced technology, our doctors and technicians deliver the most comprehensive care available for companion animals.

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls is designated a Level 1 VetCOT Trauma Center and a Level 2 VECCS certified facility.


We understand your fears when a beloved pet is in critical condition. Our emergency teams are highly skilled in assessing and treating pets that become ill or experience life-threatening emergencies. When your family veterinarian is unavailable, we are fully staffed and available 24 hours a day, every day.

Common emergencies include being hit by a car, falling from heights, profuse vomiting or diarrhea, difficulty breathing, seizures, and toxin ingestion. While some patients can be treated and released the same day, many must be admitted for further stabilization. Patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries are admitted to our critical care unit for close monitoring and advanced life-support measures.


Doctors and technicians are on-site around the clock, providing therapies, advanced monitoring, and diagnostic tools, including:

Intravenous fluids provided to patients to restore blood volume and rehydrate patients after fluid losses associated with bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, burns, and various other conditions.

Diagnostic imaging, like bloodwork, is often necessary to help us identify abnormalities and differentiate among potential causes for various illnesses.

Transfusions of specific blood products (cells, protein, clotting factors, platelets) to replace whichever component is lacking, limiting the risk of transfusion-related complications.

Evaluation of bloodwork for disease-specific changes allowing us to monitor progress and tailor therapy to the individual patient.

Evaluation of a patient’s ability to move air through the respiratory tract.

CPCR (CPR) for patients who pass away and aftercare for them if they are successfully recovered. These patients usually require extensive monitoring and care for the first 48+ hours after such events.

Monitoring of patients’ heart rhythms to evaluate for irregularities and provide specific treatments according to changes that are seen.

Removal of fluid or air from around the lungs after trauma or due to an underlying disease.

Evaluation of cardiovascular status and fluid therapy to tailor treatment to the patient more precisely.

Evaluation of cardiovascular status and fluid therapy to tailor treatment to the patient more precisely.

Patients who are affected by diseases that prevent their ability to breathe normally can require respiratory support in the form of mechanical ventilation. This helps the patients to breathe by assisting the delivery of oxygen therapy into the lungs that can be titrated to meet the needs of the patient. This is used for patients suffering from diseases where the body needs oxygen support greater than can be provided by traditional oxygen therapy. These include diseases such as severe pneumonia, heart failure, pulmonary contusions (typically following trauma) or acute respiratory distress syndrome. Other patients who may require ventilatory support include those that are unable to breathe on their own, including diseases of the nervous system and ingestion of toxins that impair the muscles of breathing. Patients can require ventilatory support for a length of time ranging from hours to days, while the patient's underlying disease is treated and they recover enough to be able to breathe on their own.

Supplemental oxygen is required by some patients with disease in their lungs (pneumonia, congestive heart failure, injury after trauma) to help them adequately oxygenate their blood and tissues.

It can be difficult to interpret an animal’s behavior and evaluate their level of comfort. Our doctors and technicians are trained to identify subtle cues from our patients so that an appropriate pain management protocol can be implemented and tailored to our patients’ needs.

Measurement of pressures within the eye. This diagnostic is most often performed on patients with glaucoma.

When faced with a painful decision, we help you decide which life-saving measures to offer your pet. There are various levels of resuscitation efforts, from minimal to extensive. These efforts depend on your pet’s medical condition, your personal wishes, and financial considerations. We advise you of the options, so you can make appropriate decisions. If your pet requires hospitalization, you may be asked to select a life support option.


Board certified veterinary criticalists focus on current techniques for diagnosing and treating life-threatening conditions in an emergency and for the critical time while pets are recovering. In addition to undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, board certified criticalists complete an internship and residency, an additional four to five years of training. This is followed by a rigorous examination from the American College of Emergency & Critical Care. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of the American College of Emergency & Critical Care (ACVECC).

Board certified criticalists work together with primary care veterinarians, emergency doctors, and other specialists to diagnose, stabilize, and manage pets experiencing a medical crisis.

Meet Our Emergency & Critical Care Team