Emergency and Critical Care
If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please call 208-375-1600 or come directly to the hospital.
We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and are ready to assist you.
The WestVet 24 hour Animal Emergency & Specialty Center's team of emergency doctors and staff will provide your pet with medical care when your primary family veterinarian may not be available.
Whether during the middle of the night, weekends or during holidays, our five member team of highly-trained ER veterenarians, led by Dr. Andrea Oncken, a Board Certified Small Animal Criticalist, is here to help.
Patients are handled gently and lovingly and kept clean and dry at all times. A nursing technician is assigned to your pet to monitor vital signs throughout the day and night and to ensure that feeding, cleaning and treatment schedules are maintained according to the doctor’s instructions. WestVet provides the highest level of emergency veterinary care in the Treasure Valley and surrounding region.
WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY?
Contact your primary care veterinarian or come to the hospital immediately if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms in your pet:
• Difficulty breathing, coughing or choking
• Disorientation, weakness, seizures or collapse
• Inability to rise or walk
• Body temperature less than 99°F or over 104°F
• Frequent vomiting and/or diarrhea or evidence of blood in vomit or stool
• Blood in urine or straining to urinate
• Suspected ingestion of foreign object or poison
• Snake bite
• Bloating (swollen, hard abdomen)
• Trauma (car accident, dog fight, fall, laceration)
• Fractured limbs, swelling of joints, lameness, or paralysis
• Difficulties during labor
• Over-heating (heat stroke) or hypothermia
• Bleeding from the nose, mouth and/or any uncontrollable bleeding
You may view or download a list of safety precautions for pet owners can take to help avoid emergencies HERE.
You may view or download a list of additional symptoms or ailments which require medical attention HERE.