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By: jayann.chipman
Mark Klietz DVM
Dr. Klietz has been my vet for 12 years and has always been amazing at caring for my animals, giving me advice and listening to my concerns. His staff are always friendly and happy to help. They were also exceptional to me when my cat passed away even going as far as sending me a handwritten condolence card about how special my cat was to me and to them. They have also been so helpful and understanding during my dogs battle with cancer. Couldn't ask for a better vet.
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By: Lise F.
Big Sky Veterinary Clinic
These vets saved my sweet Springer's life by diagnosing heart failure when another vet had missed it for over a month. I will be transferring all my animal family's veterinary records to them promptly not only because they're knowledgeable but because they care for us humans as well. Bravo team! These people are great in a crisis, which cannot be said of all vets, no offense.
By: gettersbug
Big Sky Veterinary Clinic
I don't see why the two bad ratings. I have been going here for 14 years this october. I have brought my cat in multiple times and my dog in twice the number. Everytime they offer great customer service, and some vets that actually know about the topic. My dog had a tumor in it's leg and they managed to remove it without cutting off the limb...thank you frank and diana.
By: Sherrie M.
Big Sky Veterinary Clinic
Diana, Frank's better half have been taking care of my dogs for the last. 25 years. Michelle and Teri are the greatest vet techs, in Missoula. As long as I have animals I will take them there. Ken M
By: Acctcomp@hotmail.com S.
Big Sky Veterinary Clinic
I've taken all my pets here for the last 25 years. Love this place! Very caring and have helped me with on-going care for my pets, cleaning ears, hot spots, etc.
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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