Urgent Care | AirHeart Pet Hospital JFK
78A Old Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11430
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Urgent Care

Busy, curious pets can get themselves into trouble. And sometimes your furry friend simply has a sudden medical problem. Either way, in an emergency you need to get help quickly from a veterinarian you can trust in a state-of-the-art facility. We’re here for you, and will treat your pet’s situation with the best possible care.

For after-hours emergencies, we recommend:

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Identifying an Emergency

Signs & Symptoms
  • Any difficulties breathing; short or shallow breaths; increased effort; gagging; choking
  • Weakness; inability to walk; sudden collapse
  • First-time seizure, seizures lasting more than 3 minutes, or multiple seizures in one day
  • Non-productive retching/vomiting; swollen or distended abdomen
  • Allergic reactions including swelling, rashes, or itching
  • Excessive or persistent bleeding
  • Inability to urinate; straining to urinate
  • Diabetic animals refusing food
  • Pregnant animals in active labor for more than one hour without delivering, or going more than 3-4 hours between deliveries
  • Bumping into things; becoming disoriented
  • Signs of pain such as whining, shaking, hiding, or dull behavior
  • Vomiting blood/passing blood in stools/urine
  • Changes in behavior, appetite or elimination


  • Bite wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Cuts, lacerations
  • Electric shock
  • Eye injuries
  • Fall from heights
  • Heatstroke, frostbite
  • Hit by car, car accident
  • Penetrating foreign objects


Home & Garden Hazards
  • Algae and mold
  • Automotive fluids (antifreeze, oil, radiator, windshield washer, etc.)
  • Baits (slugs, snails, flies)
  • Bleach & other cleansers (toilets, tubs, tiles, drains, countertops, floors)
  • Citronella candles
  • Cocoa mulch
  • Compost
  • Detergents (laundry, dishwasher, and fabric softener in powders, liquids, and pods)
  • Fertilizers
  • Flea and other household extermination products
  • Insecticides, pesticides, rodenticides (especially those containing bromethalin)
  • Lotions and topical ointments
  • Mothballs
  • Plants and bulbs
  • Sunblock
  • Swimming pool chemicals
Harmful Human Foods
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocados
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Chocolate
  • Fatty foods
  • Garlic, onions, chives
  • Grapes, raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Salt
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener in gum, candy, toothpaste, some peanut butter, and other foods)
  • Yeast dough
  Poisonous Plants
  • Aloe
  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Dumb Cane
  • Gladiolas
  • Holly
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies
  • Mistletoe
  • Narcissus
  • Oleander
  • Poinsettia
  • Pothos
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palm
  • Schefflera
  • Tulip
  • Yew
  • Yucca
A large portion of household plants are toxic to pets. To view photographs of a much more extensive list of toxic and harmful plants known to cause systemic effects and/or varying degrees of gastrointestinal upset, visit www.aspca.org.   Medications
  • Human prescriptions
  • Over-the-counter human medications (cold and flu, appetite suppressants)
  • Pain relievers (aspirin, products containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Supplements (vitamins, etc.)
  Other Harmful Objects & Situations While the following may not be toxic, they may cause electric shock, intestinal blockage, or overall harm.
  • Batteries
  • Bones
  • Buttons
  • Cat litter
  • Coins (especially pennies)
  • Electrical cords, outlets
  • Fire (from candles, fireplace)
  • Garbage, excessive amounts of food
  • Glow jewelry
  • Gorilla GlueTM
  • Marijuana
  • Nicotine (cigarettes, patches)
  • Paint
  • Potpourri
  • Ribbon, string, thread
  • Tinsel
  • Toads, insects, spiders, snakes, and scorpions
  • Toys