Your pet eats something he shouldn’t…is suddenly sick…or traumatically injured. Health problems, injuries and illness can happen quickly and many need immediate attention. Don’t wait! When your pet urgently needs to see a veterinarian, Kittery Animal Hospital offers quality emergency and urgent care.

Kittery Animal Hospital has a veterinarian and staff on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any emergency your pet has. Urgent care—when the condition is not life-threatening but still can’t wait for an appointment—is available as well, and our staff will work with you to get your pet seen as soon as possible. If you ever feel your pet needs emergency or urgent care, don’t hesitate to call or come in immediately. Our number is (207) 573-7663.

While we understand you may not always be able to call in advance, if you are able to do so it will help our staff be prepared for your pet’s arrival so the animal gets needed medical care that much quicker.

If your pet has an emergency after hours, we recommend the following 24-hour veterinary hospital(s):

Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital – 603-433-0056

The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Referral Center of New Hampshire – (603) 431-3600


Signs your pet may need emergency care:

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Apparent paralysis
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding

Safety tips:

Pets who are severely ill or injured may try to bite, claw, or act in an aggressive manner toward those trying to help them. Approach any injured or sick pet slowly and calmly; say their name and see how the animal reacts. Call for help if the pet reacts aggressively.

For dogs, fashion a makeshift stretcher if the animal is unable to move. Make sure the neck is supported.

For cats, slowly place a blanket or towel over the head to prevent biting. Slowly lift the animal into an open-topped carrier or box.

Elevate and apply pressure to any bleeding wound.


If you think your pet has eaten something poisonous:

Call us, or if after hours, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet, what was ingested, and then make a recommendation about what action should be taken.