VEG is our emergency service of choice. They’re a bit further away than some other emergency groups, but we prefer seeing doctors who only work after hours, allow the patients to return to their regular veterinarians in the morning, and keep fees under control.
Without a doubt, Emergency Services can be very expensive, and if you haven’t got pet insurance it’s easy to walk out with sticker shock. VEG has great vets, reasonable fees, and they don’t insist on keeping your pet in the hospital longer than needed.
They’re located directly across from the Greenburgh Police Station at:
Veterinary Emergency Group
Katonah Bedford Veterinary Group is a closer option. We’re not big fans of corporate veterinary medicine, and KBVC is owned by the Mars Company, who also own Blue Pearl Veterinary Centers, Banfield Animal Hospitals, and Veterinary Centers of America.
But their our friends, and they take good care of their patients. They’re our second choice.
They’re located at :
546 Bedford Road
Bedford Hills, NY, 10507
Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center
Guardian Veterinary Specialists
1. How do I know if I really have an emergency?
If you think you have an emergency, then you probably do. Bleeding, seizures that last more than 3-4 minutes, vomiting that won’t abate, uncontrollable bloody diarrhea are just a few examples of emergencies.
If you’re not sure, you can try emailing us, and if we’re awake, we’ll usually answer emails to help you figure out whether you need to go for care immediately or if it can wait until the next day.
But don’t wait too long for a response. If you don’t get an answer in five minutes and you’re concerned, get to an emergency hospital.
2. How much does Emergency Care cost?
It can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending what the problem is. That’s one big reason we strongly recommend pet insurance. Generally speaking, your regular veterinarian provides services at a significantly lower cost, so if your pet needs a surgery, and money is an issue…. ask them if it can wait until the next day.
One reason we like Veterinary Emergency Group as much as we do is because they send patients back to their regular veterinarian in the morning, after stabilization or treatment. This greatly decreases the costs involved for the owners.
3. What other help is available?
We’re working on a solution where you could reach out to us after hours using www.Petzam.com. We’d advise you to sign up now, and hopefully the website and app will grow to fill our needs.
4. What payment methods do the Emergency Hospitals accept?
They do require payment BEFORE services are performed… so bring your credit cards. They do not bill. Some offer third party payment options like CareCredit of SnapCredit. But if you don’t have money, you won’t be taken care of.