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By: Hillary G.
Big Sky Animal Medical Center
When my dog got sick I brought him to Big Sky Animal Hospital. He had to stay there for a few nights to be observed, I was nervous to leave him but the staff was so gentle and sweet with him it eased my mind once I saw how they took care of him!
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By: Denise C.
Gilligan, Timothy J
Dr. Gilligan has consistently demonstrated professionalism and technical competency with my dogs and cat. Equally important,he shows tremendous compassion, gentleness, and genuine care for his animal patients---and their owners.
By: Lori B.
Big Sky Animal Medical Center
I have to say this place is certainly the most caring medial center for your pet. The doctors and staff are professional and take their time to make sure your pet is well taken care of and is given proper attention.
By: Nat R.
Big Sky Animal Medical Center
Big Sky Animal Hospital always gets my pets in fast and we are out pretty quickly. The whole staff takes an interest in each animal and gets to know their patients, it's nice.
By: Tanya C.
Big Sky Animal Medical Center
My dog has diabetes and Big Sky is always so helpful. Even if they're closed they are always available to us to answer our questions and give our dog the best care possible.
By: Tracy V.
Big Sky Animal Medical Center
Dr. Scherr operated on my English Setter after she got beat up by another animal and he did an amazing job with her. We knew she was in the best hands with him.
By: Sam D.
Big Sky Animal Medical Center
I have a friend who works at Big Sky Animal Hospital. I love that I have someone I know and trust looking over my pets. They're really great.
By: jpepos
Gilligan, Timothy J
In my opion Dr Gilligan is a very good vet. We have had several dogs in our lifetime. He was as good as any vet we did business with.
By: Wendy M.
Big Sky Animal Medical Center
My dog got in an accident and had to be operated on. The doctors at Big Sky Animal Medical Center did a great job treating her.
By: John D.
Big Sky Animal Medical Center
The staff is very personable and extremely caring in all areas. It is clear to see they have my pets best interest in mind.
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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