~ Emergency Services ~

Best Friends Animal Hospital is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency hospital that is always on-call to respond to your pet's emergency needs.

For Emergencies, Call:  (406) 453-2200

However, some times you might not be sure what is an actual emergency. The following is a general guide to help you make that crucial decision during a stressful time:

GENERAL -

  • Any problem that persists longer than 24 hours
  • Any problem that worsens over several hours
  • Any systemic problems such as lethargy, loss of appetite, weakness, and fever
  • Body temperature less than 100 degrees F, or greater than 104 degrees F
  • Any indication that more than one body system (GI, urinary, neurological) is affected

BLEEDING -

  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, or anus
  • Bleeding accompanied by bruising of the skin, especially on the abdomen
  • Bleeding that cannot be stopped by applying pressure
  • If blood loss is excessive
  • Weakness, difficulty breathing, or reluctance to move after a bleeding episode

GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS -

  • Frequent bouts of vomiting or diarrhea resulting in loss of large volumes of fluid
  • Inability to drink or keep water down
  • Blood or black material (digested blood) in the vomit or stool
  • More than three to four episodes of vomiting or diarrhea in a puppy or in a dog older than 8 years
  • Vomiting following suspected ingestion of foreign material (toys, garbage, rocks, etc.)
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Suspected bloat

LAMENESS -

  • Obvious fracture of a limb
  • Non weight-bearing lameness persisting for more than 12 hours
  • Swollen, painful joints or a gait that appears as if "walking on eggshells"
  • Paralysis of one or more limbs
  • Lameness that initially improves but does not resolve in 24-48 hours

OTHER EMERGENCIES -

  • Trauma
  • Venomous snakebite

 SIGN  WHAT TO DO?

Vomiting or diarrhea (once or twice)

Remove all food. Give pet only water or ice cubes for hydration. Call the veterinarian if persists.
Vomiting or diarrhea (more than once or twice)
Check for signs of dehydration such as sticky mucous membranes and dull eyes. Call the veterinarian.
Suspected bloat (large breeds)
Call the veterinarian for immediate visit.
Bleeding from the nose or paw pad (not excessive)
Apply pressure to stop bleeding.
Bleeding from the wrist or gushing
Call veterinarian for immediate visit.
Lameness
Call veterinarian if not resolved in 24 hours.
Suspected broken bone
Call veterinarian for immediate visit.
Trauma: auto accident, dog bite, falls
Call veterinarian for immediate visit.
Choking
Immediate first aid to remove object.
Seizures
Call veterinarian for immediate visit unless pet is known epileptic.
Rubbing eyes, swollen eyes
Call veterinarian for immediate visit.























~*~*~*~ SPECIALS ~*~*~*~


March is National Parasite Awareness Month
Spring is here and with the season comes lots of creepy crawlers
that just love to hang out on
or in our pets.

 



This month only!
20% OFF
Intestinal Parasite Testing & Preventatives
Flea and Tick Preventatives


We are also extending
DENTAL MONTH
to last through March!












Receive a FREE BAG of
Hills Science Diet
Healthy Advantage Oral Care

dog or cat food with every dental procedure.

 


Be Our Friend!

"Like" Us Today and Receive
a $5.00 Credit
on Your Best Friends Account!


Click Here


Don't Let Us Forget Your
Senior Discount!

 

If you are 65 years or older, please let our staff know so we can apply a discount of 10% to your account!

Sign-up using the form or call us at (406) 453-2200 to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Veterinary Topics

Follow Us

Google_Plus_Local_Icon003.png

Business Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am6:00pm
Tuesday8:00am6:00pm
Wednesday8:00am6:00pm
Thursday8:00am6:00pm
Friday8:00am6:00pm
Saturday10:00am4:00pm
SundayClosedClosed

Available for Emergencies 24/7 

Contact

Best Friends Animal Hospital
425 Smelter Ave NE
Great Falls, MT 59404
Get Directions
 
  • Phone: (406) 453-2200
  • Fax: (406) 453-2300
  • Email Us
Top