Urgent Care Practice

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Urgent Care Practice

What is an Urgent Care Practice?

With respect to pets, an urgent care practice is a veterinary clinic that specializes in care for pressing medical issues. Urgent care practices should be used when a medical situation needs to be taken care of quickly because it’s life-threatening, or may become life-threatening if not addressed immediately.

Many urgent care practices are open after-hours or during “off-hours” when most traditional veterinary offices are closed, so pet owners have access to an emergency vet in the event of a sudden and severe injury or illness. Examples of an emergency medical condition that could require a visit to an urgent care practice include torn ligaments, allergic reactions, and consumed foreign objects.

How Urgent Care Practices Work

Urgent care practices can become quite expensive due to the degree of care required by animals in emergency situations. Fortunately, pet insurance can cover a portion of the costs related to these treatments, potentially saving pet owners several hundred or several thousand dollars. Keep in mind that accident-only insurance plans will provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs exclusively related to physical injury, while accident-illness plans extend coverage for severe illnesses.


Key Takeaways

  • Urgent care practices are veterinary practices that are open during “off-hours” and specialize in treating life-threatening medical situations.
  • Accident-only pet insurance coverage will help to cover the costs of physical accident-related urgent care.
  • Accident-illness pet insurance plans will help to cover both accident and illness-related urgent care costs.

Related Terms

Veterinarian
A veterinarian, or doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), is a medical professional specializing in animal medicine and biology.
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Veterinary Practice
A veterinary practice is a clinic or hospital where animals can receive medical care from a veterinarian.
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Veterinary Specialist
Veterinary specialists are veterinarians who are board-certified in a specific field of veterinary medicine, such as surgery or dermatology.
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