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