Advanced Care, an affordable emergency alternative weekend days!
Call en route if possible to alert our staff and prepare for your arrival. Our surgical suite includes emergency medications, 100% oxygen, digital x-ray and ultrasound, intravenous fluids and shock therapy, and staff trained in emergency procedures.
If you've NOT been here previously, or we're very busy, you may be referred directly to Blue Pearl (link) on weekends.
Save Money with Prompt Treatment
Prompt treatment may minimize the treatment required. In some instances immediate medical attention often means the difference between life and death. In other instances it saves a lot of money. If you value your pet's relationship, don't delay when they need help.
A recent example was a cat brought in which swallowed a needle, the thread it was attached to was hanging out of it's mouth. The needle was found on the X-ray and we promptly removed it surgically.
Often one end of string, dental floss or thread moves through the stomach into the intestines, while the other end remains fixed. In time the intestines get bound up. Eventually the string cuts into intestinal walls requiring extensive surgery to repair. Sometimes significant sections have to be removed if surgery is delayed. Prompt action on behalf of this owner easily saved her $900+ in added surgery and hospitalization fees.
Phone: 320.258.3481. Address: 4180 Thielman Lane located behind the Bremer Bank Building.
Advanced Care closes at 5 pm Saturday & Sunday allowing staff to have time to be with families, recharge and rest.
List of Emergency Conditions
The list of symptoms below may help you determine if your pet needs prompt veterinary attention. NOTE: Symptoms often can appear together:
BLEEDING - from any part of the body. Blood in urine or stool.
LETHARGY - Lack of normal tolerance for exercise; reduced energy or playfulness.
VOMITING or DIARRHEA - episodes repeated in a short period or intermittently over a period of days or weeks.
CHANGES IN EATING - Refusing food or eating significantly more or less than usual.
CHANGES IN THIRST AND URINATION - Very Frequent thirst; increase in the volume or frequency of urination; straining or inability; urinating in the house; or any change in urinary habits.
SEIZURES or CONVULSIONS - Violent shaking of the head or body with uncontrolled spasms.
WEIGHT LOSS - Dramatic unexplained losses in body weight over a short period of time.
PAIN - Limping, favoring a leg, crying, showing pain indications when touched or lifted.
EYE PROBLEMS - Redness, discharge,squinting, any film over the eye, or difficulty seeing.
LUMPS/BUMPS - Any new lump or one that is bleeding or growing rapidly.
SCRATCHING - Scratching or biting any body area often; pawing at face or ear; shaking or tilting the head.
COUGHING - Frequent coughing, shortness of breath, any difficulty in breathing.
Over-exercise and hot temperatures can quickly lead to heat stroke for dogs. A digital thermometer reading of 105 or 106 is serious enough to warrant immediate attention HEAT STROKE CAN BE LIFE THREATENING so don't wait. Call us or the emergency vet immediately for directions.
Ingesting Possible Poisons
Call us or the (ASPCA Poison Control Hotline for advice: (888) 426-4435). The key to effective poison control is matching the correct response to the poison. Seek professional advice before taking action. Link to: ASPCA Animal Poison Control
This 24/7 hotline can quickly answer your questions for any animal poison-related emergency.There's a $65.00 consultation fee as of 2/1/2019.
Cuts & Scrapes
Many cuts and scrapes are superficial and just need a thorough cleaning and some anti-bacterial ointment. For deeper cuts, however, may require you to apply bandages and seek immediate veterinary care.
A broken paw or leg is a serious injury that needs immediate veterinary care. You may need to muzzle your pet prior to handling or transportation. Wrap the pet in a blanket or towel and seek medical attention immediately.
A lowered body temperature, pale gums, general weakness and cold paws are some common signs of shock. Causes range from serious illness to blood loss, hypoglycemia, severe diarrhea and poisoning. Keep the pet warm and seek medical attention immediately.