Emergency Veterinary Services
If your pet is experiencing any symptoms or behaviours that you are concerned about, contact our office right away, or the after-hours emergency pet hospital location above.
The reliable and compassionate team at Countryside Veterinary Hospital offers veterinary care for pets in most emergency situations. We can provide emergency medical care when your pet needs it most.
Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency
If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.
- Call Ahead If Possible - During regular business hours call us right away. After hours, call the emergency animal hospital listed above to let them know you are on the way.
- Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, instructions may be provided to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable. Follow these instructions carefully.
- Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra careful around your pet. When an animal is in pain they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and could bite or scratch.
- Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to our Olds veterinary clinic or the after-hours emergency vet location above.
Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Countryside Veterinary Hospital.
- Do I need to call ahead?
Countryside Veterinary Hospital provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats, dogs, small exotics, and horses during our regular clinic hours. It's always best to contact us in advance if you can, but we understand that in emergency situations that's not always possible.
If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit the after-hours emergency vet location shown above.
- Are there emergency fees?
There is a veterinary fee for emergency calls in addition to the regular medical and surgical fees. If your pet needs to be referred to an emergency clinic, that clinic will invoice you.
Equine and farm calls will be charged mileage. For on-call emergency clinics, that fee may be different from your regular clinic. Please be aware that payment is expected at the time of service.
- When is your clinic open?
Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:
- Monday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- Tuesday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- Wednesday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- Thursday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- Friday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- What situations require emergency care for horses?
The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care for horses:
- Signs of distress, anxiety, or discomfort
- Lethargy, depression, or a horse that's not eating
- Presence or absence of gut sounds
- Evidence of lameness such as head-bobbing, reluctance to move, odd stance, pain, unwillingness to rise
- Bleeding, swelling, evidence of pain
- Seizures, paralysis, or "tying up"
- Mucus in nose or eyes that is bright red, pale pink to white, or bluish-purple
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Not drinking
- An absence of feces in their stall for more than. A few hours
- Excessive Bleeding from a deep cut
- What situations require emergency care for pets?
The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care for cats and dogs:
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
- Fractured bones or severe lameness
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
Our Olds animal hospital is just like a human doctor's office—it can be unpredictable, and you may have to wait.
We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive. If possible, call ahead to find out whether we are able to provide emergency care for your dog or cat.
If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend visiting the 24/7 animal emergency hospital detailed above.
- What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?
Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. At Countryside Veterinary Hospital we provide overnight care for animals in need.
While in our care, our dedicated team will treat your pet as if they were our own.
- What types of animals do you treat?
Our emergency veterinarians treat veterinary emergencies in cats and dogs, as well as horses.