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Urgent Care


Dunckel Veterinary Hospital is thrilled to announce its latest offering to the community – urgent care services for pets. As a trusted name in veterinary care, Dunckel Veterinary Hospital understands that pet urgent cases can happen anytime, anywhere. With the introduction of these new services, pet owners can now rest easy knowing that their furry friends have access to high-quality urgent care when they need it most. Our team of experienced veterinarians and technicians are well-equipped to handle a wide range of cases. Dunckel Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing exceptional care for pets and their owners, and this latest offering is a testament to that commitment.

If your pet is experiencing an urgent care situation, give us a call at 810-653-3988 to schedule or receive further instructions from our trained staff!

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Care

Emergency veterinary hospitals prioritize and treat patients based on their symptoms or condition severity. Any patient needing medical attention but not in a life-threatening situation may be asked to wait.

An urgent care situation involves issues that need medical attention but are not life-threatening. These patients might be uncomfortable, but they are stable and can be seen at regular appointments.

Veterinary Hospital Severity Index

Doctors in emergency hospitals use the patient severity index to decipher your pet’s condition. This index includes the following levels:

  • Level one: Resuscitation – the patient is seen before all others, exhibiting a severe physical trauma or cardiac arrest.
  • Level two: Emergent – these traumas are not life-threatening but are time-sensitive, including a venomous snake bite and heat stroke.
  • Level three: Urgent – these patients are seen after levels one and two are taken care of. Examples of urgent care include sudden illness, severe cuts, vomiting, trouble walking, allergic reactions or difficulty urinating.
  • Level four: Non-urgent – minor cuts, prolonged low appetite, limping, fever, and mild injuries are non-urgent conditions can be treated after the first three levels.
  • Level five: Stable – the patient is uncomfortable but stable, experiencing diarrhea, low appetite, ear infection, or skin irritation.

As a rule of thumb, pets in the first two levels should be taken to the emergency room. Levels three through five can receive veterinary urgent care services.

Contact Dunckel Veterinary Hospital

At Dunckel Veterinary Hospital, we provide call-ahead appointments. After you have made your Urgent Care appointment by calling us, please fill out our New Client Form if applicable.

At the office, we will assess your pet’s symptoms and walk you through the next steps, so you always know what to expect.

We commit to providing your pet with the services and care they deserve.  Our urgent care clinic is open and ready for you when you need us. For more information, contact us today by calling 810-653-3988.