Two weeks ago when my wife found it difficult to breathe, I called 911 and the emergency squad team was at my door within minutes and we live in a remote area quite a ways from any hospital. Twenty minutes later, she was in the ER of the nearest hospital, nearly thirty miles away. We know to call 911 or where the emergency rooms are if one of our humans loved ones becomes seriously ill in the middle of the night. We can't call 911 if our four-legged companion becomes seriously ill in the middle of the night. There aren't any ambulances with flashing lights and blaring sirens to rush them to the ER. There aren't any medevav helicopters to airlift them to the ER when the roads become inaccessible because of snow or ice. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are emergency medical services available for our pets if we know where to take them.
Thirty-nine years ago when my Bobcat (Yes, he was a real bobcat) suffered convulsions late on a Saturday night, there were no 24-hour veterinarian hospitals in the Capital District. Neither were there were any veterinarians listing a number to call in an emergency, at least none that I was aware of. Being an inner-city dweller at the time I knew of a veterinarian that had his office in his home, so I rushed "Bobby" to his doorstep and stood their banging on his door until he woke up and answered it in his pajamas. He rushed us into his examination room and did everything he could but Bobby still died because he had contracted some rare paralytic disease that there wasn't any treatment for. If one of my seven cats or two dogs were to become ill today, I can rush them to one of three emergency veterinarian clinics for emergency treatment.
The Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic (CDAEC), located at 222 Troy-Schenectady Road (Route 2), just East of the Latham Circle, is a fully equipped, fully accredited Level 1 Trauma Center. This isn't just another veterinarian hospital. It's a 15,000 square foot, state of the art facility that can handle any emergency on a moment's notice. They're open from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week and 24-hours a day on all major holidays-New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Unlike with the other providers of emergency services, you don't have to call ahead but they recommend it if time permits so they can be properly prepared when you and your loved one arrive. The CDAEC's number is (518) 785-1094. The CDAEC's doors are always open 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. to care for your pet companion. The CDAEC is associated with the Latham Animal Hospital located at 326 Troy-Schenectady Road that provides full services during normal office hours. The Latham Animal Hospital have been my family vets for the past twenty years and that why they made the top of my lists of the three.
The Shaker Veterinary Hospital, P.C, located at 223 Maxwell Road in Latham NY has a veterinarian on 24-hour call. Their emergency number is (518) 458-9669. After calling this number, if the vet on call deems it a true emergency, he/she will direct you to take your loved one to the CDAEC. The Shaker Veterinarian Hospital participates with the Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic for off-hours services so why not save precious minutes and take your pet straight to the CDAEC? I'm not knocking the Shaker Veterinarian Hospital, they're one the oldest and highest rated hospitals in the area but they are only open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. If they are you regular veterinarians and your pet becomes ill during those hours, take your pet to them because they know your pet's medical history. On the other hand, if your pet gets sick outside those hours, take him or her to the CDAEC directly.
The Adsit Veterinary Clinic located at 315 Broadway · Albany, NY 12204 Telephone: (518) 463-0600 is an unknown quantity because I have had no contact with them. From my research Catherine Adsit, DVM operates the clinic. Catherine has a web site but it's not very informative. All it tells you is to call to first to find out the hours they will be available and to find out what animals they assist. It does mention that they have emergency services for cats and dogs and that they offer spay/neuter clinic. Catherine does have a cute picture of a cat, a dog, and a bunny cuddling on the homepage.