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, and household cleaners. 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Electrocardiography Services: We provide ECG services on-site, as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
  • Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also use Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, an AAVLD accredited laboratory, and IDEXX laboratory for specialized diagnostics and consultations. We are also able to consult board certified specialists regarding our outsourced lab work.
  • Pharmacy: We maintain a complete 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, 4-methylperizole, and N-acetylcysteine.
  • Oxygen Kennels:Our multiple state-of-the-art oxygen kennels 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.