Emergency + Critical Care

What We Offer

The Emergency + Critical Care team at Alpenglow provides advanced emergency and urgent care services for dogs, cats, and some small mammals. Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Center’s emergency veterinarians have many years of experience in emergency and critical care, and are here to assist your pet 24 hours a day.

In the event of an emergency, our goal is to provide care for your pet if your regular veterinarian is not available. If your animal exhibits any abnormal activity or behavior, please consult with your veterinarian, or contact us right away at 303-443-GLOW (4569).

The following symptoms are definite emergencies and require immediate medical attention: 

  • Difficulty breathing, blue tongue or raspy breath sounds.
  • Swollen or distended abdomen, with or without productive vomiting.
  • Inability to urinate or defecate, especially if straining. (Cats may repeatedly go to the litter box, lick at the genital area, and/or vocalize).
  • Ingestion of toxin, including but not limited to: chocolate, rodenticides (D-con), prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs, xylitol (artificial sweetener), nicotine, hops, household cleaners and lillies (cats). Please bring the container with you to the clinic.
  • Traumas such as being hit by a car, falling from a height or experiencing a blunt force, even if the animal is not showing any ill effects!
  • Collapse and/or inability to stand or walk.
  • Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions, uncontrollable tremors or seizure activity.
  • Penetrating wound, such as bite wounds, gunshot or stab wounds.
  • Bleeding that does not stop within five minutes (apply pressure using a clean cloth while on your way).
  • Vomiting or diarrhea with blood.
  • Heatstroke — heavy panting, weakness, temperature greater than 104 degrees. 

When faced with a veterinary emergency, call ahead to the office at 303-443-4569 with the animal’s breed (or approximate size), age, present symptoms and any other health problems. While on the phone, confirm the exact location of the hospital.

Emergency procedures available include (but are not limited to):

  • Emergency and Critical Care Support: Our hospital is ready to provide emergency care and overnight support for critical patients 24 hours a day.
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services: Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pet’s complete health care needs.
  • Surgical Services: Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures.
  • Sedation and Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures (ECG, etCO2, PaO2, core body temperature, NIBP, IBP, BP, RR, HR).
  • Radiology Services: Our on-site, digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders.
  • Ultrasound: This focused assessment enhances awareness of an urgent illness your pet may be experiencing, whether it is associated with fluid, air or objects.
  • Electrocardiography Services: : EKG and telemetry allow for continuous monitoring of the heart and its electrical activity. Additional specialty diagnostics and consultations with a cardiologist can be coordinated in the best interest of your pet.
  • Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, blood gas, urinalysis, parasite testing as well as identifying your pets blood type and compatibility with blood products.
  • Pharmacy: We maintain a thorough inventory of pharmaceuticals to meet the needs of your pet. We stock many specialized therapeutic agents such as Fresh Frozen Plasma for dogs and cats, Packed Red Blood Cells for dogs and cats, Antivenin, Intralipid, 4-methylperizole, and N-acetylcysteine.
  • Oxygen Kennels: Our multiple state-of-the-art oxygen kennels are temperature and humidity controlled and allow us to provide a highly concentrated oxygen environment consistently for patients who are having trouble breathing normally or getting enough oxygen into their systems on their own.