Emergency Vets in Watertown, SD

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List of Emergency Vets in Watertown, SD


ADDRESS: 320 4th Street NE, Watertown SD 57201
TEL: (605) 886-0898
Care Small Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Watertown, SD. The professional and courteous staff at Care Small Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. Care Small Animal Hospital first received accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association in 1996 and is one of only three in South Dakota.


ADDRESS: 601 10th Street SW, Watertown SD 57201
TEL: (605) 886-5002
Lake Area Veterinary Clinic veterinarian provides veterinary care for both large and small animals in and around Watertown, SD. Our veterinarian is experienced in both small animal, equine, and farm animal care. Whether you bring your pet to our location or set up a farm call appointment for our doctors to come to you, you can have confidence in the health of your pet when they are in our hands.


ADDRESS: 1200 9th Avenue SE, Watertown SD 57201
TEL: (605) 753-0876
At Glacial Lakes Veterinary Clinic, you can expect state-of-the-art medical care for your companions. We believe in nurturing the human-animal bond and creating a harmonious relationship between people and animals. You can expect to be greeted by a courteous receptionist, clean exam rooms, friendly doctors, and caring technicians. We appreciate the role we get to play in your pets’ health care.


ADDRESS: 1525 9th Avenue SW, Watertown SD 57201
TEL: (605) 878-7297
We’ve put a great deal of thought into making your pet as comfortable and safe as possible while in our care and we designed our clinic and built our staff team with those concepts in mind; everything from our separate waiting rooms and hospital wards for dogs and cats to our calming blue color scheme and use of natural lighting. Our state of the art equipment such as a digital x-ray machine, which means no more long waits for x-rays to develop, and our heated surgery table providing additional comfort to the animal, allow us to provide better care.


ADDRESS: 1400 North Highway 20, Watertown SD 57201
TEL: (605) 882-4188
Dr. William J. Howard graduated from Kansas State University in 1983. He has practiced in the Watertown area since 1983. Equine medicine and surgery has always been a large portion of his practice. Small animal surgery and medicine has also been a speciality of Dr. Howards, from routine medicine to speciality orthopedic surgeries. This practice was established to provide veterinary medicine to a wide variety of large and small animals including exotics, buffalo, elk, cattle, horses and a variety of small animals.
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Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

Has your pet experienced some kind of trauma and in need in emergency care? Here are some of the signs to look when determining whether your pet needs an emergency vet:

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Apparent paralysis
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding

How to Handle Your Injured Pet

It is possible that your pet can act aggressively when they’ve been injured. It’s important to be careful how you handle them for their safety and your own.

For Dogs:

  • Be calm and go slow when approaching.
  • If your dog appears aggressive, get someone to help you.
  • Fashion a makeshift stretcher and carefully lift your dog onto it.
  • Support their neck and back as you move them in case of spinal injuries.

For Cats:

  • Cover your cats head gently with a towel, to prevent them from biting you.
  • Very carefully, lift your cat into its carrier or a box.
  • Support their neck and back as you move them in case of spinal injuries.

First Aid Treatment At Home

Depending on the situation, there are some actions you can take at home to stabilize your pet before transporting them to an emergency vet.


  • If your pet is bleeding externally due to a trauma, apply pressure to the wound quickly and hold it there.
  • If possible, elevate the injury.


  • If your pet is choking on a foreign object, put your fingers in their mouth and try to remove the blockage.
  • If you’re unable to remove the blockage, perform a modified version of the Heimlich maneuver by giving a sharp blow to their chest.


  • If your pet is unconscious and unresponsive, you may need to perform CPR.
  • First, check if your pet is breathing and if they have a heartbeat. If you cannot find either, start chest compressions.
  • Perform 30 chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths. Repeat this until your pet starts breathing on their own again.
  • To give a rescue breath, close your pets mouth and extend their neck to open the airway. Place your mouth over your pets nose and exhale until you see your pets chest rise.
  • Check for a heartbeat every 2 minutes.
  • Continue giving your pet CPR until you reach an emergency vet.