Emergency Animal Clinic in Missoula, MT

Every visit to Sentinel Veterinary Medical Center begins with a comprehensive physical examination to determine how we may best help your pet in urgent, emergent, and critical situations. During this exam, we will look for visible signs of illness or injury while asking you detailed questions about your pet’s relevant history. Common symptoms we may ask about include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, rapid breathing, noneating/ drinking, or seizures. We will then combine this information with what we glean from our exam to design a treatment plan with you.

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The Veterinarian’s Oath

“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.”

At Sentinel, we take our veterinary oath seriously. During every encounter, we are aware of our commitment to you, your pet, and our greater community and with every appointment, we work to provide Western Montana’s premier emergency veterinary service.

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Specialty Pet Services

We are here as a resource for you and your primary care veterinarian. Whether you require advanced diagnostics, overnight monitoring, or emergency treatment, Sentinel Veterinary Medical Center is equipped to help out.

Throughout the care for your beloved animal, we will keep your primary care informed of any treatments or diagnoses made. They will have constant, easy, and quick access to your pet’s records for a seamless transition back into their care.

We also aim to make your job as a pet owner easier by removing the hassle and stress of administrative tasks. Our goal is consistent, clear, and continuous communication to raise the standards of veterinary care in Missoula and across Western Montana.

Vomiting and Diarrhea Care

Vomiting and diarrhea are common occurrences for all animal species. While these symptoms do not always indicate serious underlying pathology, they can lead to severe complications if left untreated. Frequent flare-ups may lead to inflammation and discomfort, while severe episodes may lead to dehydration or other serious conditions.

On rare occasions, underlying pathologies may lead to bloody diarrhea, risk of bacterial translocation into the bloodstream, or severe red blood cell concentration which limits adequate blood flow. In these instances, we may check for parvovirus, pancreatitis, or blockages. Other concerns include renal damage, early diabetes, parasites, infections, metabolic conditions, or other illnesses; these may manifest as nausea, anorexia, or diarrhea.

If you notice that your pet has frequent or severe episodes of nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation and treatment before underlying conditions become even more critical.

Emergency Animal Care

We treat everything from illness to injury including infections, lacerations, seizures, refusal to eat or drink, difficulty urinating, lethargy, ingestion of toxins, fractures, painful extremities, fainting, enlarged abdomen, pale or blue-tinged gums to name a few. Some of these presentations can indicate a serious illness that may lead to death, so it is important to always be in tune with your pet’s normal state and monitor closely for any changes. Do not wait until they cannot eat, drink, eliminate, or walk; if an accident happens, an infection may begin within hours. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment may save your pet’s life.

Why Choose Sentinel Veterinary Medical Center?

Sentinel Veterinary Medical Center offers top-of-the-line medicine to Western Montana’s thriving community of cats and dogs. We practice compassionate care backed by the latest medical research and our years of experience in the veterinary field. We emphasize clear communication and see ourselves as a key team member with you, your pet, and your primary care veterinarian in times of need. As a Missoula animal clinic, keeping your pets healthy and happy throughout their lives is our primary goal.

However, we also understand that emergency medical care is inherently more expensive than seeing your primary care veterinarian due to the demands of staffing, equipment, and supplies. As such, difficult decisions may arise as to how to proceed with care. We will do our best to present you with accurate cost estimates and multiple treatment and diagnostic options. At times, we may be able to recommend financing options and will always do what we can to coordinate with your primary care to avoid excessive or overlapping costs. While we are here for your beloved animal, we are also here for you in these difficult times.

Get Started Today

If you believe your pet is experiencing an emergency or are unsure whether you need to be seen immediately, give us a call to schedule an appointment today. We are available Monday–Thursday 5pm-8am and Friday–Sunday 24 hours/ day. At Sentinel Veterinary Medical Center in Missoula, we are here when you need fast, reliable, and affordable emergency care for your furry friends.