24-Hour Emergency


Emergency Care…The Compassion and Care you expect, 24 hours a day

Accidents and emergencies can happen at any time. We provide 24-hour emergency and critical care for your pets as part of our commitment to providing you with the highest quality medicine. Our highly trained healthcare team is here when you need us to provide the expertise and world-class service you expect


Emergency and Critical Care – provides you with peace of mind that we will be here for you and your pet whenever you need us. This service includes:

–       Veterinarian on premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

–       Direct transfer from satellite locations for 24-hour continuous care.

We are prepared to handle any emergency that affects your family. Some of the more common occurrences include:

–       fractures

–       bite wounds

–       trauma, such as a car accident

–       vomiting

–       diarrhea

–       bowel obstruction

–       bloat

–       cuts and lacerations

–       ingestion of toxins, such as poisonous plants or anti-freeze

–       complications during birth

–       musculoskeletal injuries, such as tendon or ligament damage

So what exactly is an “Emergency Service” and what should you expect?  Our ER functions much like a human hospital’s emergency room.  We utilize a small, efficient staff whose members are expertly trained to handle critical situations.  Each patient is triaged as they enter the building so that they may be seen in order of urgency.  There is only one veterinarian working per emergency shift.  These doctors have to balance multiple tasks simultaneously.  They take care of critical patients, oversee hospitalized cases, and examine and create treatment plans for the urgent care patients that walk-in.  It is easy to see how things can get a little hectic on a busy night.

The dedicated individuals that work in the middle of the night, on holidays, and on weekends, appreciate your patience.  They consistently strive to make sure that your experience is a good one and that they meet your expectations of CPH.  We ask only that you remember that the priorities of an emergency based service are going to be different than a system built on appointments and a large support staff.  Critical patients must be stabilized before the staff can move on to see cases that are less urgent.  This process can sometimes result is a wait, as you surely have experienced (to an extreme) in a human ER facility.

Ultimately, all members of the Community Pet Hospital family hope to continue to win your trust and to provide you with the excellent service and care that you have come to expect, day or night.

What to do

Urgent care may be required at any time of the day or night so it is important, for the health of your pet, to know what to do and where to go for help. Here are our suggestions.

  1. Carry with you at all times in your wallet or purse the name and number of a veterinary clinic that provides 24-hour  emergency medicine, such as the Community Pet Hospital in Thornton. Even if the clinic is outside of the area where the emergency happened, you know you will be able to reach a person who can help rather than an answering machine or an answering service.
  2. Keep in your car and at home an emergency kit for your pets. It should contain sterile gauze pads, gauze wrap, antibacterial cream, hydrogen peroxide, cotton balls and tape. Also include copies of your pet’s most recent rabies certificate, medical records and a photo of your pet.
  3. Remain calm at all costs. By staying calm, you will help your pet to stay calm, and prevent any further injury.
  4. If possible, take an emergency care course for your pet. Our facility and The College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University offers these types of courses for pet owners. These programs will teach you how to handle snake bites, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, injuries to limbs and how to give CPR to a pet.


Community Pet Hospital – Thornton
Open 24 hours
Emergency Services
12311 Washington Street
Thornton, CO

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