People are familiar with urgent care clinics for humans – affordable places to go with minor emergencies, and much less expensive than hospital emergency rooms.
Now there’s also an urgent care clinic for pets. Pet Urgent Care of Fort Collins opened in September at 4708 S. College, just south of Harmony Road. “The clinic is the first of its kind in this area,” said Dr. Brenda McClelland, who owns the facility with her husband, Dr. Mike Jewell. Both are licensed veterinarians and graduates of Colorado State University.
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Open from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, the clinic shares space with The Pet Wellness Clinic. “We’re here to help after most veterinary offices have closed for the day,” noted Dr. McClelland.
Pet Urgent Care treats patients with non-life-threatening emergencies such as vomiting, diarrhea, limping, back pain or ear/eye infections. The clinic does not offer vaccinations or wellness care.
The primary veterinarian serving the urgent care practice is Dr. Shana O’Donnell, a graduate of Washington State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. O’Donnell completed internships in both emergency medicine and surgery. She has a special interest in emergency medicine and takes care to communicate closely with pet owners so they can make informed decisions.
The clinic also has specialists on call who are available for consultations. After the urgent care visit, the clinic sends a complete report to the pet’s regular veterinarian.
For more information about the urgent care clinic, call 970-282-PAWS (7297) or go to www.peturgentcarefc.com.