Golden Retriever dog with a cone collar after a trip to the vet.

Emergency Care

As a pet owner, nothing is more upsetting than seeing your pet in pain. When your pet is injured or ill, you must choose between seeking out routine, urgent or emergency care

Regardless of the exact situation, it’s essential to remain calm and assess your pet’s overall condition quickly and accurately so you can get them to the right veterinarian. Some practices are set up to provide medical care for conditions and issues that are not life-threatening, while others are equipped to handle severe cases.

If your pet is experiencing an urgent medical condition, call our team at (970) 241-9866 for scheduling and immediate care.

Animal ER of the Western Slope

The Animal ER of the Western Slope opened in 2023 with the mission of providing compassionate, full-spectrum emergency care for the animals in the Grand Valley. They are a team of local, experienced veterinary professionals and are passionate about helping animals through crises, big or small!

1660 North Ave
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
Phone: (970) 525-0911

Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center

Located in the heart of Grand Junction, Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center offers emergency and urgent care for cats, dogs, and pocket pets locally as well as from Salt Lake City to Denver and from Vernal to Cortez, and all surrounding areas.

573 32 Rd, Ste 11
Clifton, Colorado 81520

Phone: (970) 255-1911

Fax: (970) 255-9919

Signs Your Pet May Need To See an Emergency Veterinarian

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Apparent paralysis
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding

Safety tips:

Pets who are severely ill or injured may try to bite, claw, or act in an aggressive manner toward those trying to help them. Approach any injured or sick pet slowly and calmly; say their name and see how the animal reacts. Call for help if the pet reacts aggressively.

For dogs, fashion a makeshift stretcher if the animal is unable to move. Make sure the neck is supported.

For cats, slowly place a blanket or towel over the head to prevent biting. Slowly lift the animal into an open-topped carrier or box.

Elevate and apply pressure to any bleeding wound.

If You Think Your Pet Has Eaten Something Poisonous

Call us at (970) 241-9866 immediately! If after hours, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet, what was ingested, and then make a recommendation about what action should be taken.