Local vet opens urgent care clinic for pets in Belmont

A pit bull puppy in a June 2014 file photo
A pit bull puppy in a June 2014 file photo Observer file photo

A local veterinarian has opened a walk-in urgent care facility called UrgentVet Pet Clinic in Belmont for cats and dogs. The clinic treats pets’ medical issues that require immediate attention but aren’t serious enough for hospitalization.

UrgentVet will provide immediate medical treatment for pets’ non-life-threatening ailments like ear infections, post-operative infections and minor wounds. The clinic will also partner with area pet hospitals in situations where animals require additional emergency care.

Jim Dobies, veterinarian and owner of South Point Pet Hospital in Belmont who created UrgentVet, notes that there’s been a big increase in the number of urgent care clinics for humans, but a lack of similar services for animals.

“We knew it was time to rise and meet the growing need for quick, easy-access, after-hours care for pets that need comfort and relief,” Dobies said in a statement this week.

UrgentVet opened Monday at 600-A Park St. It will be open 5 p.m.-midnight weekdays and noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, including all holidays.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta