Emergency Services

When Care Can’t Wait

Medical emergencies for a beloved pet can, and often do, happen outside of normal business hours. To best meet all your pet’s needs, we work to make sure you have access to the best 24/7 emergency care.

During our regular business hours, the medical staff and resources at Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital are available to help you with any emergency your pet experiences. If possible, please call in advance so we can prepare for your arrival.

We have an on-call DVM 24-hours a day for canine reproduction assistance.

For medical emergencies that occur outside of our regular hospital hours (and which are not related to reproduction), we refer our clients to the following emergency facilities:

South Metro Animal Emergency Care
14690 Pennock Ave.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 953-3737

Hours: Fri 6pm to Mon at 8am; Mon – Thurs 6pm to 8am; 24 hours on holidays

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota at Oakdale
1163 Helmo Ave. North
Oakdale, MN 55128
(651) 501-3766
Hours: Always Open

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota at St. Paul
1542 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 293-1800
Hours: Always Open

When to Seek Emergency Care for Your Dog or Cat

The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait.

However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute abdominal swelling
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Seizures
  • Sudden onset of weakness
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
  • Unable to urinate or defecate