Advanced Critical Care for Pets
Critical care encompasses a wide range of conditions and provides support for patients with life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Services include around-the-clock intensive care ranging from advanced diagnostics and monitoring procedures to state-of-the-art emergency surgery.
While no pet owner would ever wish for a situation that requires critical care, such support is vital, even life saving, for very sick pets. Critical care takes place in our intensive care unit (ICU). We are staffed with both veterinarians and veterinary technicians 24 hours a day, so your pet is monitored consistently and receives the care he or she needs. Special attention is given to pain levels, and we use the most advanced pain control available to keep patients comfortable.
In critical care situations, animals require support from advanced equipment and medications to keep the body functioning normally while they recover.
Our diagnostic and monitoring capabilities include:
- Continuous EKG monitoring
- Oxygen therapy, with comfortable oxygen cages and nasal oxygen lines
- Blood pressure monitors
- Pulse oximetry
- Rapid in-house diagnostic testing, including blood gas and electrolytes monitoring
- In-house blood bank for the treatment of life-threatening blood loss or anemia
- Mechanical ventilation using a therapeutic ventilator
- 24-hour access to lab equipment and diagnostic imaging (digital X-rays, ultrasound, CT/MRI)
- Arterial blood gases
- Advanced catheters, including arterial lines and sampling catheters
- Rapid diagnosis of common toxins
Communication & Visiting Hours
The critical care specialists work closely with patients’ families and their family veterinarian, providing ongoing guidance and information to help owners make the best decisions for their beloved pets. We understand this is a stressful time and respond with kindness, compassion, and the very best veterinary medicine available.
The doctor in charge of the case will update you daily, usually in the morning. If your pet’s condition changes significantly, a veterinarian will call you immediately.
The duration of your pet’s critical care stay with us will vary, depending on the situation. During that time, you are encouraged to visit and to bring toys and other personal items in for your pet.
Meet our critical care specialists: