Patients: South Metro Animal Emergency Care provides services for domestic dogs and cats only. For avian and exotic pet emergencies, please contact the Oakdale or St. Paul Animal Emergency Clinics (phone numbers above), and for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife, please contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.
Appointments: We do not schedule appointments, but appreciate a call to let us know you're on your way. This allows us to answer any questions you may have regarding location, fees, etc. and gives our staff the opportunity to prepare for your pet's specific needs.
Costs: Our office visit fee is $102.00. This is the only price we can quote before seeing your pet. Once our veterinarian has had the opportunity to perform a thorough examination, we will prepare an estimate of recommended diagnostic tests and treatment. A certified veterinary technician will review all options with you and get your consent before proceeding with care.
Payment: All services must be paid in full before your pet is released from the hospital. For your convenience, we accept cash, checks (processed through TeleCheck), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and CareCredit.
This list is not complete, and it is important to remember that less obvious emergencies are not less important. You know your pet best, and we rely on your instincts. If you are concerned enough to call us, you should probably bring your pet in.
Pet Records: When you register, we will collect some basic information about you and your pet. For example, your name, address, and phone numbers, and your pet's age, date of last vaccinations, previous medical problems, and current medications.
Waiting Period: Unfortunately, waiting periods in emergency medicine can be very unpredictable. Although we strive to see you and your pet as soon as possible, your actual waiting period will depend on the quantity and condition of patients in the hospital (inpatient as well as outpatient). Our veterinarians are frequently interrupted to handle immediately life-threatening situations, and this will cause delays in administering to non-critical pets. We apologize for these unavoidable disruptions and promise that your pet will receive the highest quality care when it is their turn. Your patience and understanding of these challenges is greatly appreciated.
Treatment Area: Admittance to the treatment area of the hospital is restricted to authorized personnel only. This allows our staff to tend to hospitalized as well as outpatient pets quickly and safely.
Partners: We are an independent emergency facility for the south metro area, and we are not directly affiliated with any specific clinic. Therefore we do not have access to your clinic's doctors, records, or offices.
Human Medications: Please understand that South Metro Animal Emergency Care cannot give any medical advice over the phone. We are not familiar with your pet's health history or current medical conditions, and do not wish to endanger them in any way. Our general policy is to recommend NOT giving your pet any human medication without precise dosing instructions from your primary veterinarian.
Toxins: If your pet has ingested a potentially toxic substance, please contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or the Pet Poison Helpline at (800) 213-6680. For a small per-incident fee, a certified toxicologist is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide assistance and treatment recommendations.
Deaths: South Metro Animal Emergency Care uses the same cremation service as most local veterinarians. Therefore, we can provide the same options and services should your pet expire at home or require euthanasia when your regular clinic is closed. (Necropsy and rabies testing are also available as needed.)
Remains: Your pet's remains will be returned to South Metro Animal Emergency Care within 10-14 days. We will call you when they arrive and you can pick them up during our normal business hours.
Wildlife: If you have found a sick, injured, or orphaned animal, please contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota at (651) 486-9453 or visit their web site for more information. South Metro Animal Emergency Care treats domestic cats and dogs only.
Strays: South Metro Animal Emergency Care cannot accept stray pets. If you find a stray, please notify animal control or your city's police department. The owner will be more likely to find their lost pet if it has been placed with the proper authorities. Even if the pet is wearing a rabies tag, we do not have access to their records and cannot help you locate the owner.