Experiencing an Emergency?

Emergency Pet Care

In emergency, seconds count. When you arrive with your pet on emergency or urgent care basis, our highly trained staff will perform an immediate triage assessment to assess the stability of your pet and need for emergency medical intervention. In life-threatening situations, you may be asked for consent to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

The first component of basic triage is assessing your pet’s level of consciousness, airway/breathing (labored breathing or choking, lack of oxygen), circulatory status (pale gums or weak pulses, racing heart), and pain score. Patients needing urgent medical attention, upon consent will be moved to our treatment area for immediate doctor assessment and commencement of emergency care.

Placing an IV catheter and administering IV fluids, giving oxygen supplementation, and pain relief medications may be elements of the initial stabilization of your pet. As your pet is stabilized, your veterinarian will review a diagnostic plan which may include imaging (radiographs, ultrasound) and laboratory evaluation (blood and/or urine tests) to ascertain the severity of the situation and tailor treatment for your pet.

At times, your pet may need advanced care at a referral or specialty center. When this is the case, our staff will discuss options for transfer and referral. Your primary veterinarian will stay abreast of your pet’s status at the emergency facility.

In An Emergency

During office hours, we are fully equipped and ready to help with all of your emergency and critical care needs. If you find that you need emergency assistance after hours, we recommend Iowa State University and Iowa Veterinary Referral Center. They are available when we are closed and we trust them for quality care! In the event you have to visit the emergency clinic we can get the records so we can follow up if your pet needs further care.

For your convenience, we have provided the contact and website information for both after hours locations here.

During Business Hours

Slater Animal Hospital
Get Directions | Phone: 515-685-3526

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
Sat: 8am-Noon
Sun: Closed

After Business Hours

ISU Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center
1809 S Riverside Dr.
Ames, IA 50010

Phone: 515-294-4900
vetmed.iastate.edu
Open 24/7/365

Iowa Veterinary Referral Center
4631 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA 50322

Phone: 515-727-4872
iowavrc.com
Open 24/7/365