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Emergency & Urgent Veterinary Care

Plainfield Animal Hospital can provide urgent and emergency veterinary care if our schedule permits. Please call ahead* and our staff will provide you with further instructions.

*IMPORTANT: We do not accept walk-in visits at this time.

Call (908) 755-2428    After-Hours Emergencies

Daytime Emergencies: Contact Plainfield Animal Hospital

Is your pet having an emergency during our regular office hours? Please call us so that we can direct you on your next steps. Alternatively, you can directly contact one of the emergency animal hospitals noted below.


  • Monday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Tuesday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Wednesday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Thursday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Friday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Saturday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday:09:00 am - 05:00 pm

After-Hours Emergencies

If your pet experiences an emergency after our regular hours, please contact one of the 24/7 emergency veterinary clinics listed below.

Contact AnimERge


21 US-206
Raritan, NJ 08869

Call: (908) 707-9077

Contact Garden State Veterinary Services


643 NJ-27
Iselin, NJ 08830

Call: (732) 283-3535

Emergency & Urgent Veterinary Services

If your pet is experiencing any symptoms or behaviors which are concerning you, please call our animal hospital right away. If we cannot fit you into our schedule, or if your emergency is occurring outside of our business hours, call one of the after-hours emergency hospitals featured above.

Our caring, professional and communicative team at Plainfield Animal Hospital offers veterinary care for pets in most emergency cases, schedule permitting. Pet health is our passion and we take pride in providing the highest quality of veterinary medical care to the pets who need it most.

Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency

If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps outlined below.

  • Please Call Ahead - If it is during our regular business hours, call us immediately and we will provide you with further instructions. Otherwise, call one of the emergency animal hospitals featured above to let them know that you are on your way.
  • Follow Instructions Provided - When you call us, or an emergency hospital, you may be provided with instructions for applying first aid to your pet, or to make them as comfortable as possible until they can receive care. Ensure you follow these instructions carefully.
  • Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra careful around your pet. When an animal is in pain they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and could bite or scratch.
  • Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to our South Plainfield veterinary clinic if you have called ahead and we have confirmed we have space in our schedule. Otherwise, bring your pet to an emergency vet location above.

Emergency FAQs

Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Plainfield Animal Hospital

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    Yes, please call us ahead of time to make sure we have room in our schedule to see your cat or dog. Further, we do not accept walk-ins.

    If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit one of the after-hours emergency vet locations shown above. 

  • When is your clinic open?

    Our veterinarians see emergency & urgent cases during our regular business hours:

    • Monday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
    • Tuesday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
    • Wednesday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
    • Thursday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
    • Friday:08:00 am - 08:00 pm
    • Saturday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
    • Sunday:09:00 am - 05:00 pm

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:

    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    • Unconsciousness
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Our South Plainfield animal hospital is just like a human doctor's office—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait. 

    We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive. Always call ahead to find out whether we are able to provide emergency care for your dog or cat.

    If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule, we recommend that you visit one of the 24/7 animal emergency hospitals detailed above. 

  • What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?

    Some veterinary emergencies will require overnight care and monitoring. If this is the case for your pet, we recommend you visit one of the 24/7 animal clinics detailed above.

  • What types of animals do you treat?

    Our team treats cats and dogs.

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At Plainfield Animal Hospital, we are always welcoming new patients! Our vets are passionate about providing state-of-the-art care to South Plainfield's companion animals. Contact us today to book your first appointment.

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