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Saving lives four paws at a time!
Serving Harford, Cecil and Baltimore County
410-420-8000

Emergency Critical Care

Dependable 24/7 Emergency Animal Care

Harford Emergency & Referral Veterinary Services specializes in emergency care for your pets at our superior veterinary facility. Our in-house laboratory, radiology and ultrasound capabilities enable us to get crucial diagnostic information very quickly. Our Blood Bank program guarantees that patients will have access to a safe and adequate blood supply. HERVS also has a dedicated, fully equipped surgical suite, should your pet’s condition require immediate surgical intervention.

We work with most pet insurance providers. Bring your insurance paperwork to us and we'll help you fill it out.

Critical and Intensive Care for Your Pet

HERVS is fully equipped and staffed to provide quality intensive care medicine. Our specially trained doctors, technicians, and assistants closely monitor critical patients. We offer continuous ECGs, oxygen support, fluid therapy, blood pressure and blood gases monitoring, and other advanced procedures. 

Our Clinical Diagnostics and Procedures

  • Blood pressure monitoring 
  • Capnography 
  • Central line placement 
  • Central venous pressure monitoring 
  • Contrast (Barium) studies 
  • Electrocardiogram 
  • Enteral feeding tube placement 
  • Nasal oxygen cannula placement 
  • Ocular tonometry 
  • Pericardiocentesis 
  • Pulse oximetry 
  • Radiographs 
  • Thoracocentesis 
  • Thoracotomy tube placement 
  • Transfusions (blood, plasma, oxyglobin) 
  • Ultrasound 
Special procedures

Onsite Laboratory Testing

  • Cardiac Troponin levels 
  • Ethylene Glycol (anti-freeze exposure) 
  • Lactate levels 
  • Phosphate levels 
  • Snap tests
  • cPL (canine pancreatic-specific lipase) 
  • Giardia 
  • FIV/Feline Leukemia 
  • Heartworm, Lyme, and Erlichia (mosquito and tick-borne diseases) 
  • Parvovirus 
  • Blood chemistries 
  • CBC (Complete blood count) 
  • Electrolytes 
  • Organ and system function profiles 
  • Microscopic analysis (cytologies, blood and fluid smear analysis) 
  • Urinalysis and fecal analysis 
  • Blood typing and crossmatching 
  • Coagulation panels (blood clotting times) 
Veterinary facilities

Emergency Surgical Procedures

  • Cesarean section 
  • Cystotomy 
  • Endoscopy: foreign body retrieval 
  • Enterotomy/Gastrotomy 
  • Exploratory laparotomy 
  • Gastric dilatation volvulus (Bloat) 
  • Gastrointestinal Foreign body removal 
  • Hemoabdomen/Acute abdomen treatment 
  • Hernia repair 
  • Intestinal Resection/Anastomosis 
  • Laceration and wound repair 
  • Proptosis/Prolapsis repair 
  • Pyometra 
  • Splenectomy

Situations Requiring Immediate Attention and Emergency Care

Every animal is unique, but if your pet is exhibiting these symptoms they may be in serious distress and are in need of emergency care. Contact your veterinarian or contact us immediately if your pet is experiencing any of these problems:
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Major trauma – falls, hit-by-cars, large wounds, broken bones 
  • Penetrating wounds anywhere (but especially in the chest or abdomen) 
  • Seizure activity 
  • Staggering, stumbling, head-tilted, sudden blindness 
  • Lameness or non-weight bearing on any limb 
  • Ingestion of poison or foreign material 
  • Inflammation, swelling or other irritation to the eye(s) 
  • Severe hives or severe itching 
  • Bleeding that does not stop from any part of the body 
  • Bloated, distended, swollen, or painful abdomen 
  • Inability to urinate or defecate 
  • Inability to deliver puppies or kittens 
  • Loss of balance or consciousness
  • Pain
  • Vomiting or diarrhea with blood or violent episodes 
If there other signs or symptoms that look serious, don't second-guess yourself! Contact us or your veterinarian immediately for immediate diagnosis and care.
Call Us Today!
410-420-8000

24/7 Emergency Care Available!
526 Underwood Lane
Bel Air, MD 21014
"We took our Papillon here after he collapsed from running into a door and was bleeding from his nose and eye. The staff was awesome and let us know right away he was stable. We did have to wait a little bit, but just like a human ER they have to triage and we saw a worse case come in. Dr. Trout was amazing. He thoroughly explained everything to us and took lots of time with us answering any questions we had. I also appreciate that they didn't go overboard and cost us a ton of extra money. Glad to have these guys right up the street! Rascal and us are very thankful!"

Nicole B.

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