Sometimes medical problems arise at odd hours when the clinic is closed. Here’s what to do...
If you, a person, get suddenly ill, you have two choices.
You can go to the Emergency Room at the hospital, or you can go to an Urgent Care Clinic. There are pros and cons to each. The ER Room is good for life-threatening things, where you might need emergency surgery or hospitalization and round-the-clock care. But it is expensive. The Urgent Care Clinic probably can’t handle an emergency surgery or round-the-clock care, but they do cost a lot less, and are the best choice for things that can be seen, treated, and then go home. Sometimes it's not that big a deal and you don't need to go to either place.
It’s the same choice for your pet
Dr. Nield at Sunnyside Veterinary Clinic is often available by phone after hours to answer any questions you may have. Sometimes you just need to know if things are serious or not.
Sometimes Dr. Nield is available to see patients after-hours, but on an on-call basis. This means that neither a veterinarian nor staff are present at the clinic outside of regular business hours unless by special arrangement. We don’t offer round-the-clock care unless by special arrangement. But many after-hour cases don’t need round-the-clock observation. Many cases are treated and sent right back home. So we are like the Urgent Care Clinics: less care, but less cost.
The WestVet Idaho Falls Emergency Clinic is right up the road from us. They have a doctor and staff there all night long, and can handle an emergency surgery and round-the-clock care for critically-ill patients. So they are like the ER Room: higher level of care, higher costs. You can just show up there, or you can call ahead at 208-552-0662. Click here to go to their website.
If you need after-hours care for your animal, call Dr. Nield at: (208) 523-2513
You will get an answering service who will connect you to Dr. Nield.
If Dr. Nield is not able to come on the line, you can call the WestVet Idaho Falls Emergency Clinic for help at 208-552-0662. Or you can just walk-in. They are located 100 yards to the north of Sunnyside Veterinary Clinic, on McNeil Drive. Click here to go to their website.
Emergency visits for pets start at about $110.
That does not include any medications, testing, x-rays, etc. Payment is required at the time of service. We regret that we are unable to extend credit to emergency clients that are not regular clients of Sunnyside Veterinary Clinic.