~ 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:


  • 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 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Trauma
  • Venomous snakebite


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.
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.
Immediate first aid to remove object.
Call veterinarian for immediate visit unless pet is known epileptic.
Rubbing eyes, swollen eyes
Call veterinarian for immediate visit.

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Great Falls, MT 59404
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