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Sarah Cappello

Sarah Cappello
Staff Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
Sarah Cappello

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


My Pets:

Jinx, Ace & Zoe - Dogs
Molly - Cat
Dr. Sarah Cappello grew up in Eastern Long Island, NY and graduated in 2009 from Muhlenberg College in PA. She then attended veterinary school at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and graduated in 2014. Dr. Cappello loved her time in Scotland made the most of her 5 years there by traveling and working at various small animal veterinary hospitals, and spay/neuter clinics throughout the UK and Europe. She also spent her free time hiking in the Scottish Highlands, met her husband in Glasgow, and adopted 2 Border Collies.

After graduation Dr. Cappello returned to NH to be closer to her family and begin working as an emergency veterinarian. She joined VCA CAVES in 2016. Dr. Cappello’s passion is emergency medicine and critical care. She is committed to providing excellent care to her patients and their families, practicing and pursuing advanced medical and surgical skills, and to continuing education and the continuous advancement of her knowledge and career.

She and her husband bought their home in Gilford NH in 2015 and live there with their 2 Border Collies, their German Shepherd puppy and a disabled cat who was born unable to use her hind legs and walks on her front legs in a handstand. Dr. Cappello loves her NH life and is very active. She spends summers paddle boarding, hiking and on the lake, and spends winters snowshoeing and skijoring with her dogs.

Emergency & Critical Care

While your general practice veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations require the care of a doctor who has had training in handling emergency and critical care for your pet. An emergency and critical care doctor typically works in tandem with your general practice veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

How Can I Find An Emergency and Critical Care Facility for My Pet?

You can also look for emergency specialists in your area on the ACVECC website. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when and where to refer you and your pet for emergency or critical care is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of care for his or her problem.

When Does My Pet Need Emergency Care?

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing or severe coughing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object, drug, poison or unknown substance
  • Bleeding or unexplained bruising
  • Blood in vomit, feces or urine
  • Severe vomiting, retching, or diarrhea
  • Swollen, hard or painful abdomen
  • Serious wound
  • Suspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Prolonged heat exposure, overheating or heat stroke 
  • Snake bite

What Is Critical Care?

While an emergency is unfolding, or throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident, ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic care and constant monitoring of your pet's condition are required. Many emergency and critical care facilities offer 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets and, just as in human hospitals, may have dedicated Intensive Care and Critical Care Units (ICU/CCU). Such facilities are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support. Such facilities also typically have advanced diagnostic capabilities onsite, such as ultrasound and echocardiography.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Many emergency hospitals work on a referral basis with general practitioners. In some cases, your pet will only be referred to the emergency service for after-hours care. In other cases, your pet may be in the care of the emergency and critical care doctor for the duration of the emergency and recovery, but then referred back to your general practitioner for follow up and routine care.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

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VCA Capital Area Veterinary Emergency and Specialty

1 Intervale Road

Concord, NH 03301

Main: 603-227-1199

Fax: 603-227-0666

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours


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