Emergency care and after-hours care are our primary roles! We are here to provide care for your pet when your veterinarian is not available as well as providing overnight and/or weekend monitoring and care of your pet when your veterinarian's office closes.
Because we are an emergency facility, we DO NOT provide primary care services such as wellness exams, vaccines, spaying or neutering, boarding, etc.
What is a pet emergency?
Some examples of emergencies include:
- Rapid or difficulty breathing
- Decreased energy level
- Repeated gagging or vomiting
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea for > 24 hours or vomiting unusual material
- Inability to use limbs properly, staggering and/or loss of balance
- Pale gums
- Wounds or trauma
- Embedded porcupine quills
- Lack of urination or bloody urine
- Prolonged labor
- Poison exposure or ingestion
- Persistent cough
Diagnostics & Therapeutic Services
Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pets' emergency and critical care needs.
- Surgical Services: Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures.
- Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.
- Radiology Services: Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. All radiographs will be sent digitally to your regular veterinarian immediately to allow for continued care of your pet.
- Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for immediate serum chemistry, hematology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics. This allows us to diagnose and start treatment quickly.
Once your pet has been examined, the veterinarian will provide a treatment plan estimating the cost of your pet's medical treatment. If your pet needs to be admitted to the clinic for treatment, we require your written authorization as well as deposit of 50% of the estimated cost. Full payment is expected at the time your pet is discharged. Please read more on our policies.
When You Arrive & Fees
Midcoast Animal Emergency Clinic is open nights, weekends and holidays. A veterinarian and staff are ready to see your pet, no appointment necessary! When you arrive, our staff will greet you and your pet in our reception area. While you are filling out admitting forms, we will assess your pet’s health status. If your pet’s medical situation is critical, our staff will take your pet directly into the treatment area for care. If your pet is stable, you and your pet will be taken to an exam room for evaluation. Once the veterinarian completes their examination, they will formulate a treatment plan.
When your pet arrives at the emergency clinic, there will be an emergency exam fee, as well as the cost of any diagnostic test(s) and/or treatment(s) performed.
As an emergency facility, we will typically operate on a first-come first-serve basis. However, if an animal arrives with a life-threatening injury or medical issue, they will be seen immediately. This may cause an unavoidable wait for some animals. Please be supportive of other pet owners and their pets. Your patience is greatly appreciated!
**Although an appointment is not needed, please telephone the clinic at (207) 273-1100 to alert us to your emergency so that we can prepare properly for your pet’s arrival**
**If your pet ingested a toxin, please bring the container and/or a sample of the toxin with you if possible**