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For most of us, pets are family, and their health and wellbeing is one of your number one priorities. If your cat or dog requires emergency care, it can be a very scary situation to be in, and it is crucial that you have a medical team on hand you can trust with your pet’s welfare.

Here at Woods Avenue Animal Clinic, pets are our passion. We have a system to ensure that you are covered by either our expert team or one of our trusted partners. Together, we will work tirelessly to ensure that your pet can receive the treatment they need as soon as they need it. Located in Oceanside NY.

What Is An Emergency?

For pet parents, any time your pet is sick or in distress, it can feel like an emergency. There are certain conditions, however, which are more severe than others, and which require you to seek immediate veterinary treatment. Some of the most urgent situations include:

  • Difficulty breathing
    • If your cat or dog is having trouble breathing, you need to seek veterinary care straight away -this can be fatal quickly. You should also seek help if you notice that your pet is breathing quickly, has an increased heart rate, or appears to have increased respiratory effort – this could be a sign of a collapsed or obstructed airway and will require medical attention.
  • Pale, grey, lavender or white gums or tongue
    • Your pets’ gums can tell you a lot about their overall health, and a change in color should always be treated as a serious. This could be a sign of anemia – a fall in the number of red blood cells transporting oxygen around the body – and this can result in oxygen deprivation, which can be fatal.
    • Pale gums could also indicate kidney disease, and this may lead to infections or the build-up of toxins in the body – both of which require treatment.
    • Blood loss from trauma can also cause discoloration, as could a parasite infestation caused by ticks or fleas – both can be life-threatening.
    • Shock is another possible cause, and this again compromises the delivery of oxygen to the tissues and can cause the circulatory system to fail.

If there are any sudden changes in the color of the gums or tongue, seek a vet immediately.

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  • Repeated vomiting, diarrhea or unproductive retching
    • Any of these symptoms have the potential to develop into something more serious, and so must be treated. Diarrhea and vomiting can quickly lead to dehydration, and this can be fatal if left untreated. These can also all be signs that your dog has ingested something they shouldn’t, and this needs to be checked by a professional.
  • Open wounds
    • Any open wounds on your pet must be treated as urgent, as they are super susceptible to infection, and this can lead to sepsis and death if allowed to develop.
  • Seizures, tremors, and confusion
    • If your pet appears to be suffering from disorientation, dizziness, or seizures, get them to a vet as soon as you can. This can be a sign of an underlying issue such as epilepsy, a symptom of poisoning, or a problem with the brain. Your pet will require an examination by a trained, experienced vet to help determine the best course of treatment.
  • Difficulty urinating
    • If your pet appears to be having problems urinating, including vocalization with urination, a urinary blockage, or unproductive squatting, there could be something more serious going on. These may be the sign of a urinary infection and sometimes can indicate a tumor which requires treatment.
  • Non-responsiveness
    • If your pet is unconscious and unresponsive, seek help immediately.

How Can We Help?

Here at Woods Avenue Animal Clinic, we are committed to providing the very best care for your pet. We will make sure that you are able to receive the treatment you need, quickly and with minimal stress for pet parents. While we are unable to offer 24-hour services on site, we do have an experienced team on call until 8 pm each night. Consultations can also be carried out via video, and this can be useful if your pet is unable to travel, or you need help out of hours. Our team will also be able to visit you in your home for maximum convenience and comfort for you and your pet.

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Though we are unable to offer 24/7 assistance on-site, we work with a select handful of trusted partners, who have the ability to offer you help and support around the clock. We partner with the following teams to offer round the clock advice and assistance to pets and owners:

LIVS – Long Island Veterinary Specialist

LIVS - Long Island Veterinary Specialist


VMCLI – Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island

VMCLI - Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island


VERC – Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury

VERC - Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury


What To Do In An Emergency

If your pet is displaying any of the symptoms we have described above, or you have a concern about the health and welfare of your pet, the first thing to do is give us a call. Either our team on-site, or one of our partners will be able to assess the situation and advise you on the best course of action. Remember, you should only call 911 if your pet is causing human endangerment, or is blocking traffic.

We Can Help

Here at Woods Avenue Animal Clinic, we make your pets well being our number one priority and offer a personal service. If your pet is sick, the situation is stressful enough without having to deal with confusing automated phones or a major, faceless corporation that seems to prioritize profit. Instead, we take an individual approach and will always use your pet’s own history and medical notes to inform our decision and treatment plan.

Getting in touch is quick and easy, and you can soon be in touch with a qualified, experienced team that boasts over 37 years of experience in the industry. For a personal, compassionate, and pet-centric solution to your emergency, contact us today.

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About Dr. Gower

Dr. Gower is a member of the AVMA; The American Veterinary Medical Association. A National Veterinary Organization which he has been a member for 38 years.

The AVMA promotes and supports its members through education, careers, research, publications, healthcare, etc.

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LECTURES by well-noted Professors, researchers, and Board Specialists within almost every discipline of Veterinary Medicine.

My Life , My love of Veterinary Medicine, continues to evolve as I enter the next phase of my career. 

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Nicole E.
15:08 27 Apr 20
Everyone in the office is great! I’d never bring any of my babies anywhere else!They even followed up to make sure my baby was doing better. They are sympathetic and personable. I’m so thankful!
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Nicole E.
02:32 25 Apr 20
Dr. Gower is the BEST!!! He truly cares about his patients. He’s clean safe and sympathetic! I’d never take my babies to anyone else! And Denise is pretty great as well ❤️❤️❤️❤️Love you guys so much!!!!!
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Jennifer C.
20:24 07 Mar 20
Stu was very sweet and knowledgeable. I was very worried about my fur baby’s declining health but Stu walked me through everything and even discussed financing options. I will recommending to all of my friends!
Joshua Palmer
Joshua P.
20:54 18 Feb 20
Hey Dr. Gower, I wanted to say thank you for seeing my dog so quickly. I appreciate you taking the time with me to go over what was bothering him!
17:37 06 Feb 20
Great service my dog is 14 and has heart problem and Mr. Gowen keep her well manage not sure she would be here without their great care...
14:34 31 Jan 20
My dog Taco is a very difficult client but the staff handles him with ease. Dr. Gower is awesome, would recommend.
Sharon Goldschmidt
Sharon G.
15:37 21 Jan 20
Very friendly office , professional and very helpful.
Michael Heldt
Michael H.
16:00 10 Jan 20
Very friendly staff, Awsome Doctor. Compared to the last vet I was at this place is 100 times better.
Joseph Nicolosi
Joseph N.
15:41 09 Jan 20
dr. gower and are very educated and are very lovely to be around. visits are great.
Dana Drasser Alford
Dana Drasser A.
16:37 07 Jan 20
Love the people at Woods Avenue Animal Clinic ❤️ They have taken care of my kitties for many years and have been there through good and bad with a smile and professionalism!
Amanda Vitale
Amanda V.
21:50 30 Dec 19
I took my dog in for an injured leg, the doctor and staff were amazing and informative. They did not push treatments that were not needed. I am very happy on choosing woods avenue and will certainly be using them for all our needs!
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