VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado


At Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado, we're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a full staff of top veterinarians, technicians and client care specialists to handle any situation requiring immediate medical attention. Whether your regular veterinarian's office is closed or you have been referred by your family veterinarian, we are prepared to care for your pet and handle all emergencies, from the minor to the most complex.

Our highly trained emergency and critical care teams have direct access to the center's full complement of state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, they are aided by the support of the center's entire interdisciplinary team of specialists, as well as the referring veterinarian, all working in concert to deliver the best, most expeditious treatment possible. Pet medical emergencies can be stressful and traumatic for owners as well as their pets. So we provide prompt, attentive, personal service starting the very first moment a patient arrives with a quick, clear line of communication to the primary care veterinarian and pet owner.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations:
• Traumatic injuries - fractures, bites, burns, lacerations
• Automobile accidents
• Wounds, bleeding
• Respiratory emergencies, choking
• Vomiting, diarrhea
• Difficulty urinating or defecating
• Shock, loss of consciousness
• Dizziness, staggering, tremors
• Seizures
• Paralysis
• Toxic reactions, poison ingestion
• Labor and delivery problems
• Blood in urine or feces
• Swollen, hard, painful abdomen
• Heatstroke

Our ICU's specialized services and equipment:
• 24-hour care and monitoring by veterinarians and veterinary nurses
• Complete diagnostic lab for immediate test results
• Blood gas analyzer
• Emergency surgery
• Small animal ICU equipment
• Digital radiography and ultrasound
• Oxygen therapy
• Pulse-Oximetry, End-Tidal CO2, blood pressure and continuous ECG monitoring
• Continuous rate infusion for IV fluids and meds
• Advanced pain management
• Video-endoscopy
• Nutritional support

Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado's Emergency and Critical Care Clinicians can help in the event of a medical crisis. When every second counts, we're here and ready to assist you and your pet. For immediate medical assistance or for information, please call our center at 970-278-0668.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

We are available 24/7 for emergencies.

Please remain calm and call (970) 278-0668 to get advice on your pet's particular situation. We will give you instructions on how to handle your pet while enroute and give you directions to the hospital. Be aware that even a loving pet, when injured and scared, may try to bite. If in doubt, gently place a towel or blanket over the head making sure to provide good air circulation for breathing. This will help settle the animal.

What Is An Emergency?

Bring your pet in to see us if any of the following occur:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unstoppable bleeding
  • Inability to urinate/defecate
  • Heatstroke
  • Bloated/distended abdomen
  • Inability to deliver kittens or puppies
  • Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure
  • Pain
  • Major trauma/Injury
  • Shock
  • Poisoning
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Lameness
  • Eye injuries, sudden blindness, cloudiness or abnormal discharge.
  • Allergic reactions
  • Diabetic issues
  • Severe lethargy
  • Temperature greater than 104�F
  • Anything else that concerns you