Emergency & Critical Care

24/7 Emergency and Critical Care

Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists provides around the clock emergency and critical care, 365 days a year.  The emergency team works closely with area veterinarians to provide after-hours hospitalization and immediate care.


We communicate regularly with your pet’s primary care veterinarian and work closely with all involved to provide the best care available.

If your animal exhibits any abnormal activity or behavior, please consult with your family veterinarian. If he or she is unavailable, you can come to Aspen Meadow at any time, no appointment necessary. 

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


Rachel triage

  • 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 sweetner), nicotine, and household cleaners. BRING THE CONTAINER WITH YOU!
  • 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/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 5 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 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 clinic.

Emergency Procedures 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.
  • Critical Care Support: Our hospital is equipped with oxygen, ECG monitoring, and other advanced diagnostics for those patients in critical condition.
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services:  Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pets’ complete health care needs.
  • Surgical Services:  Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures.
  • 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, for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
  • Pharmacy:  We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals to meet the needs of your pet.
  • Ventilator Support:  We have a ventilator that ventilates patients that cannot breathe or exchange gases on their own.

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