6110 Creston Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50321
Phone(515) 280-3100

ISU Student Experience

Veterinary 24 Hour Emergency

Iowa Veterinary Specialties is a 24- hour hospital that provides emergency care to animals in need. We have a team of highly skilled and compassionate emergency veterinarians and technicians available at any hour of the day. If at any time you feel your pet needs to be evaluated please contact our hospital and bring your pet in to be seen.

Karl Bolser, DVM


 Angela Gearhart, DVM


Dan Thomsen, DVM


Kevin Pottorff, DVM

Leah Braas, DVM

 

Julie Riha, DVM

 

Your pet will be treated as soon as possible, on a triage basis, which means cases will be prioritized according to severity of illness. Every effort will be made to assure your pet's comfort and safety while awaiting treatment. Please call Iowa Veterinary Specialties (515) 280-3051 prior to arrival (if possible) to allow our staff to be prepared for your pet's arrival.

Your regular veterinarian however should treat an illness that is routine or non emergent. Services such as vaccinations, worming, neutering, are not performed at Iowa Veterinary Specialties.  

Common Symptoms

- Vomiting or diarrhea - Lameness (limping)
- Coughing - Seizure activity
- Sneezing - Prolonged labor
- Pale gums - Suspected poisoning
- Abnormal or labored breathing - Bleeding
- Excessive thirst - Injury
- Excessive urination - Bloating
- Straining to urinate - Hit by Car
- Nasal discharge - Facial swelling and/or hives
-Trauma  -Wound/ Laceration

 

Note: The above are common symptoms that may require emergency care. The list is NOT all inclusive and doesn't list all of the possible emergency symptoms. If at any time you feel your pet needs to be evaluated please contact our hospital at (515) 280-3051 and bring your pet in to be seen.
 

Use Caution!

If your pet is injured or in pain it is possible that your loved one may not be themselves and try to bite. This is a common reaction to pain and you should take caution in handling your pet for both your saftey and the safety of your pet.

If you have questions on how to handle your injured pet please call (515) 280-3051 and we can provide instruction to limit the risks for both you and your pet.

Emergency

Pet Sitter Emergency Form

Referral Form


Addy the sea lion's dangerous savings account!

Addy the sea lion lets her curiosity get the best of her read more >

ISU Student Experience Begins

Iowa Veterinary Specialties' Student Experience programs, allows vet students as well as vet tech students to gain real life experience with emergency and specialty medicine. read more >

"All the Vet techs and receptionists were nothing but phenomenal and soooo understanding!"

read more testimonials >