Holiday Closure:

Our general practice and walk-in ER urgent care will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

Urgent Care

The Silver Sands Veterinary team is experienced in treating minor emergencies and promptly treating minor medical conditions before they become life-threatening. Walk-Ins are welcome!


Life-threatening emergencies should always be directed to a 24/7 ER Center.


Dr. DeForge and all other urgent care doctors at SSV will make referrals to specialty or 24/7 emergency care as indicated.

Examples of life-threatening 24/7 ER care problems are listed below. In these cases, you would be referred to one of the 24/7 ER centers below for monitoring and treatment around the clock with a critical list on staff and 24/7 ER nursing care.

Central Veterinary Hospital – North Haven, CT

Cornell University Veterinary Specialists – Stamford, CT

Life-threatening 24/7 ER care
  • Advanced heart problems – cardiopulmonary collapse or shock
  • Stroke and other vascular accidents affecting the central nervous system
  • Severe shortness of breath – advanced pulmonary pathology
  • Poisonings that need 24/7 care after treatment
  • Major life-threatening problems (i.e., spinal, vascular, gastrointestinal, or urinary problems)
  • Severe wounds and compound/complex limb fractures
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood and/or severe blood loss causing shock
  • Auto accidents where critical care support is needed
Silver Sands Veterinary Urgent Care

Walk-Ins are welcome!

Examples of urgent care problems that can be treated at Silver Sands Veterinary are listed below! Please review our hours of operation for urgent care at SSV!

  • Sudden lameness in any leg
  • Ear infections and your LDVM is closed
  • Biting at skin or paws with bleeding and your LDVM is closed
  • Seizures that are not continuous
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Severe cough that is not associated with advanced already diagnosed heart disease
  • Viral and bacterial infections
  • Painful urinary tract infections
  • The male urinary-obstructed “blocked” cat
  • Painful oral conditions
  • Non-life threatening trauma of any type
  • Eye ulcerations suspected-eye ulcerations are painful
  • Any other trauma to the eye-again eye trauma is painful
  • Cat and dog fights
  • Lacerations
  • Ear hematomas
  • Possible slipped disc
  • Hip/shoulder/elbow luxations
  • Advanced flea allergy dermatitis with constant scratching and skin bleeding
  • Constipation
  • Non-life threatening intoxications
  • Broken and bleeding nail beds
  • Heatstroke in warm weather
  • Hypothermia in winter weather
  • Frostbite
  • Broken and bleeding nails