Providing Comprehensive and Compassionate Veterinary Care Since 1988
For Appointment Call: (508) 336-3381




Bristol County Veterinary Hospital is open 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 10 to 12 hours per day.  Our hospital is fully staffed and prepared for any pet emergency that may present to us.

The entire veterinary staff at BCVH is highly trained with extensive experience treating a wide range of animal emergencies. Our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital features a fully equipped diagnostic laboratory, radiology department, ultrasound, and surgical suite. Our commitment is to provide clients and their pet(s) with the most advanced veterinary medical care, encompassing state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments in a caring and compassionate atmosphere that is second to none.

Is it an Emergency?

The following list includes some signs suggestive of emergency conditions. There are many more symptoms that could be included so please call us at (508).336.3381, for advice if you are unsure if your pet is exhibiting signs of a serious condition.



Repeated or profuse vomiting Persistent diarrhea
Difficulty breathing, panting or open-mouthed breathing Repeated vomiting
Breathing rate greater than 50 breaths/min Non-productive retching
Seizures/twitching Strained or labored breathing
Excessive drooling Lethargy
Straining to urinate (especially males) Straining to urinate
Blood in urine Blood in urine
Inability to move Inability to move
Hiding Restlessness
Sudden weakness in a limb Dragging hind legs
Abnormal vocalization Abnormal vocalization
Any trauma Any trauma
Any string hanging out of any orifice (do not try and pull on string) Distended abdomen
Any toxicity or suspicion of ingestion of toxin/foreign object Possible ingestion of a toxin/foreign object

Possible Poison Ingestion

If you think your pet may have ingested a poison, call the ASPA Poison Control Center at (888).426.4435, immediately. They will advise you as to whether the substance ingested was toxic and whether you should seek emergency veterinary care. Click the ASPCA image below for more information on poisons and your pet.

After-Hours Emergency Care

We are not available for after-hours emergencies. However, we are fortunate to have the following high quality Emergency Care facilities that we recommend that can provide you and your pet much needed resources in the event of an emergency. Click the below images for directions and other information on these emergency hospitals.


Mass-RI Veterinary Emergency Services

477 Milford Rd
Swansea, MA 02777



Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

1480 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
(401)886-OSVS (6787)

Products and Offers

Vectra 3D for Flea, Tick, and Mosquito Protection! For a healthy and happy dog, it's not enough to just kill parasites. It's important to repel them as well—so the dangerous vectors never get a chance to bite and transmit diseases.


Offer: Buy 6 doses, get 3 more mailed to you for free!

Heartgard Plus is the most recommended heartworm disease preventative for dogs, and it helps to control hookworms and roundworms too.


Offer: Buy 12 doses for a $12 rebate, buy 6 to 12 doses of Heartgard with 6 to 12 doses of Nexgard for a $15 to $50 rebate!

Nexgard is a chewable flea and tick preventative ideal for dogs with sensitive skin or other topical application concerns.


Offer: Buy 6 to 12 doses of NexGard with 6 to 12 doses of Heartgard for a $15 to $50 rebate!

Seresto Collars for additional flea and tick protection up to 8 months!


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Client Reviews

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I have just moved my pug and other family members. Millie needed her nails clipped. She gets very stressed out during this routine procedure. The old vet had three people restraining her and they always drew blood. At Bristol the staff became concerned and they held her for few hours while carefully clipping her nails and ensuring her well being. In a follow up visit she seemed happy to be there.

I have been going to Bristol County for almost eleven years. Dr. Ripp and Dr. Richards and the entire team have always been caring, professional, and provide exceptional care to our dogs. I always appreciate the quick return phone calls if I have asked a question and the personal care of speaking to either Dr. Ripp or Dr. Richards when bloodwork comes back (even on a Saturday!). Maddie & Jeter are not afraid of the vet because of the wonderful care and love they receive from everyone here. I wouldn’t take my dogs anyplace else!

I have used this vet as far back as I can remember. The staff is extremely kind. They know their job inside and out! I highly recommend anyone seeking a vet should call and try them out for yourself. GREAT!

Everyone who works at Bristol County is so nice. You can tell they hire people who enjoy and love animals. I always appreciate the care that both my dogs receive from the vets at Bristol County. Dr. Ripp and Dr. Richards and their assistants are wonderful. I always feel they listen to me and provide excellent feedback. Thank you to the entire staff at Bristol County!

Great care for your pets from a caring staff and top notch management! Any issues taken to management are taken seriously and quickly resolved, all in addition to skilled doctors and techs.

Dr. Richards puts my furry friend at ease. She understands Sunshine and works with her temperament instead of resorting to restraining her in a towel. It makes the visit much less stressful for both of us!

One can find only the highest level of care and professionalism at BCVH!

All of the folks at this facility have and continue to provide the best care for our much loved feline family members. I never feel rushed when I bring Katie in for her visit. Treatment plans are explained thoroughly as well as the costs. I ALWAYS feel that WE have made the best choice for our pet.

Always a pleasant experience even when my cat is costing me money. That speaks volumes about the care they provide for our furry little family member.