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Urgent Care

We are a full-service Veterinary Hospital in Grand Rapids offering appointment-based urgent care and minor emergency services hours 7 days a week. We know how difficult it can be to find an after-hours animal hospital during emergencies, especially one you can trust during any stressful time with a family member.

Our veterinarians and staff want to make sure you have access to experienced, compassionate, and cost-conscious urgent/emergency care. Our fully-trained veterinarians and veterinary nurses are equipped to handle all veterinary emergencies at our family-owned animal clinic. If your pet is sick, experiencing an emergency, or has suffered a traumatic event, contact us immediately at 616-575-6520.


View our Urgent Care Brochure here: PDF

Use our Pet Health Checker to help determine if your pet may require emergency care.

Signs that may indicate a pet emergency:

  • Blue, white or very pale gums
  • Labored/difficulty breathing
  • Coughing/wheezing or frequent panting
  • Weakness/lethargy/collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Incoordination or circling
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Inability to walk
  • Lameness
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Lacerations/bite wounds/burns
  • Bleeding
  • Ingestion of toxin, medication, chocolate, raisins, xylitol, foreign objects
  • Difficulty giving birth
  • Decreased/Poor Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Excessive salivation
  • Excessive thirst (increased water intake)
  • Frequent and/or inappropriate urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Displays of pain/discomfort
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Body temperature over 103 or under 99 (normal is typically 100.5-102.5)
  • Excessive scratching

Our in-house laboratory, radiology, ultrasound, and experience allow us to obtain critical information quickly about your pet.

Our surgical suite and experienced veterinarians are available to perform:

  • Enterotomy/Gastrotomy (i.e. Foreign body removal)
  • Laceration / wound repair (i.e. Bite wounds/cuts)
  • Gastric dilatation volvulus repair (ex. Bloat)
  • Hemoabdomen / Splenectomy (i.e. bleeding internally)
  • Cesarean section (C-section for distressed puppies/kittens)
  • Hernia repair
  • Pyometra (infected uterus)
  • Resection and anastomosis (removal of diseased intestines)

If you feel your pet has an urgent medical condition or has suffered a traumatic event that needs to be handled by an experienced emergency vet, contact us at 616-575-6520.

Stay calm for safety’s sake.

During a crisis, try to remain calm. Your pet will need you to keep a clear head and to provide interim care until our services can be reached. It is very helpful to have another person to assist you when transporting your injured or gravely ill pet to the hospital. Please drive carefully and we recommend you use some form of patient restraint or containment, such as a pet carrier, when transporting.

Important! Do not give any medication without direction by a veterinarian. Even common over-the-counter medications for humans may have unexpected effects in animals – for example, naproxen, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, common pain medications for humans, can be fatal to dogs and cats. By giving medication without the advice of a veterinarian, you may delay appropriate treatment or risk injury to your pet.

If you would like to contact an experienced 24/7 animal poison control center to determine if an ingestion could be a concern, please contact Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680. A $85 per incident fee does apply.


Family Friends Veterinary Hospital
Phone: 616-575-6520

6555 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Urgent Care Hours:

2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.