Emergencies Take Priority (call 303-674-7400)
Jason and Cristie have extensive emergency training. We are available during business hours to help with any emergency your pet is experiencing. Bring your pet in immediately for our doctor and staff to assess and treat! (Calling prior to your arrival will help us prepare and better serve your pet.) Time is critical in emergency situations. Once your pets health status is assessed we will start needed tests and treatments immediately. You will be asked to provide us a deposit (cash, credit card or Care Credit) at that time. Once your pet is stable the doctor will talk with you. He will discuss your pets health status and prognosis. A more detailed estimate for further care will be provided . In cases when our doctor feels it is in your pets best interest, you will be referred to a 24 hour specialty hospital.
The following symptoms are definite pet emergencies and require immediate medical attention:
- Difficulty breathing, blue tongue or raspy breath sounds.
- Swollen or distended abdomen, with or without productive vomiting.
- Inability to urinate or defecate, especially if straining. (Cats may repeatedly go to the litter box, lick at the genital area, and/or vocalize).
- Ingestion of toxin, including but not limited to: chocolate, rodenticides (D-con), prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs, xylitol (artificial sweetener), nicotine, and household cleaners. BRING THE CONTAINER WITH YOU!
- Traumas such as being hit by a car, falling from a height or experiencing a blunt force, being bit by a snake, even if the animal is not showing any ill effects!
- Collapse/inability to stand or walk.
- Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions or seizure activity.
- Penetrating wound, such as bite wounds, gunshot or stab wounds.
- Bleeding that does not stop within 5 minutes (Apply pressure using a clean cloth while on your way.)
- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood.
- Heatstroke: heavy panting, weakness, temperature greater than 104 degrees.
When we are not available to help with an emergency, we refer to our partner:
Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC)
3550 South Jason Street
Englewood, Colorado 80110