• 59 West Main Street Littleton NH 03561 (directions)
  • Monday through Thursday: 5pm through 8am  |  Weekends: 5pm Friday to 8am Monday

Veterinary Emergency Services

Emergency and Critical Care

LAVES is staffed with highly competent and compassionate veterinary professionals. We are fully equipped with an in-house laboratory, pharmacy and state-of-the-art equipment such as digital radiography and ultrasound.

We treat dogs and cats as well as birds, reptiles/amphibians, rabbits, ferrets, and pocket pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, gerbils, and other small rodents.

We are prepared to handle a wide variety of emergency situations including choking, motor vehicle injuries, eye injuries, fractures, heatstroke, poisoning, seizures, severe bleeding, and more.

Patients are seen on a first come, first serve basis, with critical patients receiving priority. A phone call prior to the visit is appreciated and recommended. We gladly accept phone calls from any concerned pet owners.

At the hospital, patients are triaged immediately upon presentation. Thereafter, our veterinarian examines the patient, provides a consultation, treatment care plan and estimate. We strive to create and implement a plan that best meets the needs of the pet owner and their pet. Therefore, we strongly encourage and value open communication.

When a patient is discharged from our hospital, the pet owner receives a complete copy of their pet’s medical record along with specific instructions for home care. The medical record is also faxed to the primary care veterinarian. As required, the primary care veterinarian provides any additional care and progress exams.

Commonly Performed In-House Diagnostics

  • STAT laboratory blood tests
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Serum biochemical analysis
  • Blood gas analysis
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood lactate measurement
  • Coagulation testing
  • Ethylene glycol (Antifreeze) testing
  • Parvovirus testing
  • Digital x-rays
  • Reviewed by board certified radiologists
  • Scanning ultrasound
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Blood pressure

Specialized Therapies and Treatments

  • Intravascular volume expansion/shock therapy
  • Blood component therapy
  • Oxygen
  • Pain medication delivery via constant rate infusion
  • Nutritional support
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Continuous suction for chest and other drains
  • Central and peripheral IV catheter placement
  • Cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation (CPCR) with advanced life support
  • Anesthesia for high-risk critical patients

Primary Emergency Surgical Procedures

  • Wound repair
  • Emergency tracheostomy
  • Chest tube placement
  • Abdominal surgeries
  • Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) or bloat surgery
  • GI foreign body removal
  • C-section
  • Splenectomy
  • Bladder stone removal