Open Mon-Fri: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Sat: 8:00AM to 1:00PM

Open Mon-Fri: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Sat: 8:00AM to 1:00PM

Compassion Animal Hospital 717-459-9100
Emergency Care

Emergency Care

During normal business hours, we can assist you and your pets with a variety of emergency services.

If your pet is experiencing an emergency, please call us immediately at (717) 459-9100. If possible, provide as many details as you can so that we can be prepared for your arrival.

For after-hours emergency care, we recommend:

Signs that your pet might need emergency care:

  • Pale gums
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding or severe injuries

Safety tips:

  • Pets who are sick or injured may try to bite, claw, or act aggressively towards those trying to help them. Approach a sick or injured pet slowly and calmly—say their name and see how they respond. Call for assistance if the pet is acting aggressively.
  • For large dogs, you can fashion a makeshift stretcher with a sturdy blanket. Make sure their head and neck are supported.
  • For cats, slowly place a blanket or a towel over their head as protection against bites. Slowly and gently lift them into an open-topped carrier or box.
  • For bleeding wounds, apply pressure and elevate as much as possible.

Poison ingestion/exposure:

If you think that your pet has ingested something poisonous, call us immediately at (717) 459-9100. If possible, have as much information available as you can about what your pet might have ingested (packaging information, etc.).

After hours, please contact the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists are available 24/7 to make recommendations about the proper action to take. A consultation fee may apply.