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By: angela.fink.18
Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center
Ok, know what you are signing up for people. Any emergency room is more expensive than an office visit. I've taken two pets in (because you don't let your pet wait out the night in pain.) The vets were great, up front and honest about the prices (yes, higher because of the late hour) and my pets were cared for. My diagnosis were accurate. You can't blame a vet for wanting to be paid when they're up at the wee hours caring for your animal.
By: cyberaxe
Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center
My roommates Pit boxer mix got hit by a dodge ram truck and these amazing doctors and staff repaired her good as new! Thank GOD Grand Junction as an after-hour emergency service like this! Thank you so much for saving our little girl!
By: kathye.zobell
Redstone Veterinary Hospital
The veterinarians and staff members are wonderful people - they kept us informed about our dog's condition, and let us "talk to" him on the phone when we called. I highly recommend them for anyone whose pet is very special!
By: Jane M.
Amigo Animal Clinic
I have always been pleased with the doctors and staff at Amigo Animal Clinic. Everyone is friendly, wonderful and concerned about my fur children (dogs). They explain things well so I can understand.
By: Jax P.
Amigo Animal Clinic
Our dogs are our family. We wouldn't take them anywhere else! We love Amigo Animal Clinic and recommend it all the time.
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By: Taylor G.
Arrowhead Veterinary Services
Arrowhead has always taken care of my pets--through routine check ups and emergencies alike. I trust them completely.
By: Nicole M.
Amigo Animal Clinic
The staff here at Amigo Animal Clinic are constantly going above and beyond to help your pet when they're sick.
By: Olivia V.
Amigo Animal Clinic
Our pets are our family. We wouldn't want to take them to any other veterinarian besides Amigo Animal Clinic!
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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