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Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« on: February 28, 2011, 01:34:36 PM »
By request, a separate thread for EMERGENCY VETS ONLY that see rats and other exotics.

Please at least include a general geographic location (state, town, and/or nearest large city). Phone numbers and addresses of the E-vets are permitted to be posted in this section. If there is a web site, please include that, as well. If you have personal experience, please share it.

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 03:58:28 PM »
Animal 911 in Skokie, IL (near Chicago) were great when my rat's tail degloved and needed an amputation on a weekend.

I've also used the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY.  Though my rat got the care he needed (antibiotics for acute respiratory symptoms), I was not pleased overall with the vet we saw and the AMC's customer service.  He recommended a radiograph to make sure my rat's heart wasn't enlarged, and when we asked him about the results, he said "I don't know, I'm not a radiologist, but he's probably fine."  That's not good enough for a $500 bill, especially since I've since learned we could have really skipped the xray.  I'll use them in the future, but only because I'm not aware of better emergency options in the New York area.

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 03:08:36 AM »
 The Metro Animal Emergency Clinic (http://maec.ca/index.htm) in Dartmouth, NS Canada does accept exotics.

While I have not had to use their services, I have heard nothing but great things from them.
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 06:29:48 PM »
West Chester Emergncy Animal Clinic, West Chester, PA:
http://www.westchestervetmedcenter.com/wcaechomepage.htm

Sometimes has a vet on staff that sees rats (call ahead) - and I have had occasion to use her.
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 06:35:22 PM »
Bolton Veterinary Hospital during regular hours, East of the River Veterinary Clinic after hours and weekends/holidays.  They have at least three vets that I know of that see exotics.  I highly recommend them.

BOLTON VETERINARY HOSPITAL, P.C.
222 Boston Turnpike
Bolton, Connecticut 06043
Phone: (860) 646-6134 or (860) 456-4298
Fax: (860) 643-0418
Email:boltonvet(at)aol.com

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 06:40:57 PM »
Metropolitan Emergency Animal Clinic (MEAC)
12106 Nebel Street
Rockville, MD 20852
301-770-5225
877-364-4422
http://www.metroeac.com/
Call first to make sure Dr. Foster is on that night, she is the only rat vet on staff there.

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4001 Legato Road
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 591-3304
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 12:18:34 AM »
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
197 Hance Ave
Tinton Falls, NJ
07724
888-705-0564
http://rbvh.reachlocal.com

Call ahead to make sure one of the vets that sees rats is in, but there are a few, and I've never had a problem getting seen.
I have nothing but the utmost respect for this place.

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2011, 03:10:13 PM »
Neel Veterinary Hospital
2700 N Macarthur Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
73127
405-947-8387
www.neelvet.com

Call first to make sure that there is an exotic vet on staff at that time.
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2011, 11:47:37 PM »
To Suebee,
I posted on another site the vet I use for my ratties in Massachusetts. It is Putnam Vet Clinic in Topsfield, MA. 374 Boston St. Topsfield, MA 01983. Phone 978-887-3836. The owner is Dr. Wendy Emerson. There is also a Dr. Rachel Illingworth. They specialize in exotics and pocket pets. They treat chickens, rats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, lizards, etc. They are not cheap.. But they are wonderful with the small animals and have a very loving approach. Hope this helps.
P.S. I make my rattie's diet almost the same way you do.. Thanks for the info on it and Thanks to Mainely Rat Rescue for the best rats in the world..

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2011, 06:17:52 PM »
Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas - serves the Ft. Worth, Mid-Cities and Dallas area
2700 West State Highway 114
Grapevine, TX 76051

817-410-CARE
817-410-2273

http://www.aehnt.com/index.htm

All vets on staff can treat rats and exotics. I have had to use their services for emergency surgery (internal spay stitches reopened due to hyperactive young lady rat) and euthanasia and they have been very caring, supportive and professional. I absolutely recommend them. They are not cheap, however. Exam fee prior to midnight: $102. Exam fee after midnight: $120. They accept Care Credit.
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2011, 01:41:10 PM »
Dr. Lamp
Mass/RI Veterinary ER
477 Milford Rd.
Swansea, MA 02777
508-730-1112

Awesome job doing emergency surgery on my heart rat!!!

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2011, 01:17:09 AM »
Atlantic Street Pet Hospital for Roseville, Ca. They are on Atlantic street just off of Eureka. I hesitate to add this hospital. They see rats and are open 24/7 for emergencies, and they treated my rat's wound very effectively, but almost dropped him a couple of times and I felt uncomfortable about them handling my rat during his exam. But, in an emergency, and maybe it was just my one experience, they would probably be better than no vet.

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2011, 09:42:36 PM »
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
1053 South Cleveland-Massilon Road
Akron (Copley), OH 44321
(330) 666-2976
http://www.metropolitanvet.com/

Akron/Cleveland region, pretty easily accesible from N-271 if you're coming from Cleveland, 24/7.  Have been there twice, last experience was a little rough (not a fan of their visiting hours, not allowed to call for updates), but I do trust them in an emergency.  If your rat is there overnight, and needs treatment the next day, they are transferred to one of the exotic specialists' clinics nearby.  Mine was transferred to Barberton with Dr. Riggs.  Not sure I get why you transfer a critcally ill rat, but okay...

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2011, 07:22:14 PM »
Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth Meeting, PA (near Philadelphia, PA)

2303 Hickory Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
610.828.3054
http://hickoryvet.com/

I took a rat here in 2006 for late night emergency car, and I'm told that the same exotics vet is still on staff. I received very compassionate care at very fair prices. My girl received thorough care but had to be put to sleep in the end. The staff showed great concern for me and for her; when the vet saw how upset I was, she let me sit alone in a room with my ratgirl for a while to cry and say goodbye.


I have also been to the Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school. I had a terrible experience there and would recommend avoiding them. I was in their waiting/triage room for about 4 hours and I firmly believe, based on the not-so-horribly-ill animals I saw go in before me, that I was pushed to the end of the line because I had a rat rather than a dog or cat. Once I was seen, the vet was rough with my rat and said I shouldn't try to save her because "it would be expensive". Well, it was expensive...$200 just to talk to someone who treated my rat poorly, plus the treatment costs, which were significantly higher than other vets, even emergency vets. Even though I live a 10 minute walk from Penn, I take a $50 cab ride to Plymouth Meeting to visit the folks at Hickory when I need emergency care for my animals. The lower cost of treatment and the more caring staff more than make up for the cost of getting out there.

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2011, 10:43:57 PM »
Animal Emergency Center in Bend, Oregon:

Animal Emergency Center
541.385.9110
contact@bendanimalemergency.com
1245 SE 3rd Street, Suite C-3
Bend, Oregon

We went here when Charlie was passing a kidney stone in the middle of the night.  The vet on staff didn't know much about rats at all, but she was kind and gentle and willing to work with me to figure out how to keep Charlie comfortable and alive until we could see our regular vet.  The vet took abdominal x-rays, did a urinalysis and prescribed Clavamox and a pain reliever at my request. She also called to check up the next day, which was nice.

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2011, 12:56:56 AM »
Are there any in the Bradenton/Sarasota FL area?
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2011, 01:20:07 AM »
Are there any good vets in Clearwater/Largo area?
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2011, 10:50:17 PM »
Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals
3670 South 108th Street
Greenfield, WI
http://www.erforanimals.com/

They are the only emergency center in the Milwaukee area that knows how to treat rats. When I had an emergency a few years ago I took my rat there and they did a wonderful job with us. Very professional.

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2011, 01:24:12 AM »
Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals
3670 South 108th Street
Greenfield, WI
http://www.erforanimals.com/

They are the only emergency center in the Milwaukee area that knows how to treat rats. When I had an emergency a few years ago I took my rat there and they did a wonderful job with us. Very professional.

I don't live anywhere near there, I live in FL.  I need to know if there are any good vets in the Clearwater/Largo area.
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2011, 01:19:21 PM »
I don't live anywhere near there, I live in FL.  I need to know if there are any good vets in the Clearwater/Largo area.

This is a thread for emergency vets everywhere, not just for you. I was not responding to your request, but rather adding information to the list. There is a separate Request-A-Vet thread that you might want to try.

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2011, 09:58:41 AM »
University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital
1008 West Hazelwood Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
217-333-5300
http://vetmed.illinois.edu/vth/

Open 24/7, they have an emergency department, but also exotics (and other things as a referral vet and full service vet themselves). Multiple vets available, as well as 4th year veterinary students, techs, etc. They seemed to really enjoy working with my little rat when I went there (I think she developed her own fan club during her visit!) Friendly, courteous, did a good job and seemed to understand what they were doing. Got my little girl's injury cleaned up, and made sure to send me with metacam and baytril to help keep her comfortable and ward off infection. Definitely my emergency clinic of choice in this area, especially for rats (and other 'exotics'). They also allow you to 'pre-register' your pets for free, in case you ever have an emergency (the 'Good Human' link on their main page) to save you $15-20 in new patient fees, etc.

As an added note for the area: the Animal Emergency Clinic of Champaign in town here is not the best  option. They are very hit or miss with even being willing to let a rat through the doors (and actually once told me on the phone as I had a rat bleeding over my hands that the doctor on duty wouldn't see anything "beady eyed" (THEIR words there). I'm sure they are capable for the more 'mainstream' pets, and one time that I did have a doctor there for my rat he didn't seem like he had a lot of experience with them but looked up the proper meds to help stabilize her for the night until I could get to my normal vet in the morning. But with the Vet School e-clinic about 10 minutes away from the Champaign one, it makes more sense to go straight to the VTH with rats (sad since the e-clinic is walking distance from me).

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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2011, 06:51:02 PM »
Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic
2936 Battleground Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27408
http://www.happytailservet.com/

I went to them today for an itchy boy rat and they were extremely nice (accept all major credit cards and care credit, in addition to the other methods of payment). The vet (Janine Oliver) also seemed knowledgeable, although I've only just started treatment and can't guarantee she got the diagnosis right. While she doesn't have a small animal certification (I have yet to find anyone around here who does, sadly), she went to a local college that has very good small animal vet medicine classes and teachers. I called around to a few other vets this morning, but one didn't take rats and another charged $65 for an office visit (and they're not an emergency vet office, so there really isn't a reason for them to jack up the price). Happy Tails charges $60 for an office visit ($40 + the $20 emergency charge) and if you're referred by a friend (me! :P) you get $20 off your first visit, and your friend gets a $20 credit to their account. They also have an animal allergy department. Overall, I was extremely satisfied with them (including the prices, even though my bill ended up over $100 they broke down the receipt so I knew what I was paying and what it was for). Dr. Oliver seemed to have a passion for the ratties (she said "We don't get to treat many rats because so many people who buy them think they can just replace them if they die - that's not right!"). I'd recommend them as an emergency vet. ^.^
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2011, 02:05:43 PM »
One for the UK:

Runnymede Hill Veterinary Hospital,
 Tite Hill,
 Egham,
 Surrey,
TW20 0NB
01784 436367

I can't tell you how amazing this vet practice is.
Luckily I've never had to use them out of hours but as I understand it the same vets work the out of hours shifts too. There's at least 2 rat vets there if not 3 and all the staff, receptionists and nurses included are amazing. None of them have that 'eww a rat' syndrome (which I have actually encountered at some vets)

Their prices are reasonable as well for such a knowledgeable staff. This is the Egham branch, but I'm pretty sure there's one in Chobham too. Can't vouch for them though.
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« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2011, 11:26:18 PM »
North Central Veterinarian Emergency Center
1645 S US Highway 421
Westville, IN 46391
Phone: (219) 785-7300

The emergency center acts as a coordinator for most of the area and arranges the needed vets and facilities. For rats, they tend to defer to:

Arbor View Animal Hospital
244 West US Highway 6
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone: (219) 762-7267

Arbor has three vets trained in rat care and maintain emergency facilities. Dr. Mejeur is the most experienced in rat care and surgery north of Indianapolis.
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Re: Emergency Vets Who See Exotics.
« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2011, 09:39:12 PM »
Green Bay Animal Emergency Center
933 Anderson Drive
Green Bay, WI 54304
920-494-9400


Will see rats and most other exotics as well as the usual fare of cats and dogs. 89$ exam fee before midnight, 109 after.