Emergency Veterinary Service
of Iowa City

319-338-3605 or 319-351-4256

First Aid for trauma cases

  1. Call, or have someone call, EVSIC to let us know you are coming in and what type of injury/illness to expect so we are ready when you get here.
  2. Put a muzzle (nylon stocking, masking tape, etc. ) on your pet if he/she is injured. Use caution. If your pet is in pain you may get bitten as you try to help.
  3. If your pet cannot walk, slide a blanket or piece of board under him/her to use as a stretcher.
  4. If your pet can walk, assist him/her into the car with support under the chest or hindquarters.
  5. If there is bleeding, press firmly at the site of the bleeding. Cover the area with a pack made from gauze, handkerchief, or paper towels, etc...

Things that will help us help your pet

  • If you suspect poison ingestion:
    • What type of poison? Please bring package and/or sample.
    • When was it consumed? When was pet's most recent meal?
  • Do not give over-the-counter medications to your pet.
    • Reason: they may interfere with necessary treatments here at the hospital.
    • Example: giving aspirin for pain can negate stronger pain meds we could prescribe if necessary.
    • If you already have: Please make note of exactly what you gave, the strength and how much, and when you gave it.
  • If pet is seizing:
    • Any possibility of toxin? If so, please bring package/sample.
    • All possible information on type of seizure, duration, symptoms prior to, history of seizures.
Please use caution when handling a sick or injured pet as they are more likely to bite or scratch. You may want to wrap your pet in a towel in order to protect yourself when transporting.

Fees & Policies

EVSIC does expect payment at the time services are rendered. We accept cash, checks and major credit/debit cards. Payment plans may be available, 50% is needed up-front for this option.

The emergency fee is $88.40. This covers the initial exam. Any other diagnostics, treatment, and/or medications are at regular hospital prices and all fees will be discussed with you prior to service.

Common Emergencies

  • Lacerations
  • Hit by Car
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Toxin Ingestion
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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