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Treatment for Sick Pets in and Around Buena Vista, CO Paw Print Icon

Although we are not a 24/7 urgent care or emergency facility, nor are we a 24/7 in-patient facility, we do provide sick pet evaluation and treatment during regular business hours. Some of our treatment options include:

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  • Internal Medicine—Whether your pet has a cough, vomiting, diarrhea, a poor appetite, weight loss, or is just not himself or herself, we can provide the necessary diagnostics to help get to the bottom of it and initiate pharmacological treatment.
  • Fluid Therapy—In the presence of dehydration from prolonged vomiting, diarrhea or not drinking, we can administer subcutaneous or IV fluid therapy. Overnight IV therapy is only available as in in-office treatment.
  • Wound Repair—From abscesses to broken nails to lacerations, we have the sedative medications and anesthetic equipment to get the situation treated.
  • Lameness evaluation—We have the tools necessary for treatment and pain control for conditions ranging from arthritis to injury assessment. Some orthopedic conditions will need referral to specialists for specialized evaluation and/or surgery.
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Signs Your Pet Is SIck

We know it can be hard to tell when your pet has a simple ailment that will clear up on its own or a serious issue that requires medical attention. If you notice any of the following, please call and text us at (719) 839-0446 and send us an email at

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Itching
  • Coughing
  • Limping
  • Lameness
  • Eye infections
  • Ear infections
  • Bad breath
  • Dogs are scooting
  • Not eating
  • Lethargic—they are just sitting in the corner not doing much

We will typically respond to you within 1–2 hours and let you know if we can see your pet or if we think you need to go to an emergency hospital. If we can get you in, we will perform a full exam with bloodwork and any further diagnostics to get to the root of the problem.

Dr. Gastellum is our only practitioner, which means he will be the sole person handling your sick pet’s care. If he believes another facility can better handle this situation, he will let you know.

Emergency Care

Certain instances require immediate emergency attention. If your pet is experiencing the following, please contact the nearest emergency hospital:

  • Active bleeding
  • Broken bone
  • Paralysis
  • Poisoning
  • Bloating of the abdomen
  • Protracted vomiting or diarrhea
  • Rattlesnake bites
  • Porcupine quill attack
  • Seizures/disorientation/Loss of consciousness
  • Automobile trauma
  • Trouble breathing
  • Straining/inability to urinate or defecate
  • Trauma to the eyes
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Difficulty or prolonged labor
  • Dog attacks

Please call (719) 839-0446 to learn more about our sick pet treatment options.