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Our experienced emergency team is equipped to handle any emergency and is always here to provide rapid assessment, stabilization, treatment, and care you can trust - when you need it the most.
Emergency Care Offers Several Advantages:

 Emergency and Urgent Care

Available 24 hours a day, every day
Call ahead (970) 297-5000 to help us prepare for your arrival.
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523
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If your pet is experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury you should seek immediate veterinary care.
  • The collective expertise and experience of a team of veterinarians and technicians board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care are available 24/7 to treat and monitor your pet.
  • We are equipped to handle any veterinary emergency whether it requires oxygen supplementation, surgery, transfusion, ventilation, or resuscitation.
  • We have access to specialists in nearly every area of veterinary medicine. If a specialty problem arises, there is an expert nearby who can give insight into the care of your pet.
  • Our Argus Institute is available to support the emotional needs of pet owners who are facing challenges surrounding their pet's healthcare.

When Does My Pet Need Emergency Care?

Although there are many emergency situations, the following are common conditions requiring emergency veterinary care:
  • Trauma
  • Labored or difficult breathing
  • Collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Sudden change in mental status or activity
  • Toxin ingestion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Open fractures
  • Rattlesnake bite
Note: This is a guide and is not intended as a tool to diagnose injuries or illnesses. When in doubt, call your veterinarian.

Urgent Care

What if you can't get in to see your regular veterinarian or don't have one? What if you can't wait for an appointment because you don't want to risk your pet's condition getting worse and potentially more complex? Urgent Care can help expand your pet's healthcare options when your primary veterinarian is not available.

Our experienced and compassionate Urgent Care staff is ready to provide your pet with immediate care for minor illnesses or injuries. We listen to your concerns and provide the treatment you need efficiently, so that your pet can get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

This service also is a great opportunity for our veterinary students to experience the pace of private veterinary practice.

When Does My Pet Need Urgent Care?

The following are examples of non-emergency, minor illnesses and injuries seen by Urgent Care:

  • Lacerations
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Not eating
  • Lethargy
  • Limping or lameness

Do I Need a Referral?

A referral from your regular veterinarian is not necessary to use our Urgent Care service. Your regular veterinarian can, of course, send you to us, and we can communicate with him or her about the care of your pet.

Will My Pet See a Specialist?

Our Urgent Care service is designed to meet the immediate needs of your pet. If necessary, our Urgent Care veterinarians will collaborate with specialists from other services within the hospital to ensure that your pet gets the most appropriate care possible. If indicated, they will help schedule a future consultation or follow-up appointment with a specialist.


 A Pet's Overnight Visit


Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

Emergency Call Ahead:
(970) 297-5000
Urgent Care Same-Day Appointments:
(970) 297-5000