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VetMED Emergency & Specialty Veterinary Hospital

24-Hour Emergency & Critical Care

Our emergency department aims to provide initial stabilization and advanced life support for critically ill and injured patients in conjunction with other specialty departments within the hospital.

About 24-Hour Emergency Services

Pets are a part of the family, and it can be very frightening when a beloved family member has a life-threatening illness or injury. Our emergency doctors work alongside our specialists and primary care veterinarians to help provide the best outcomes for pets. Common problems seen in our ER include severe trauma, difficulty breathing, shock, collapse, sepsis (severe, overwhelming infection), traumatic brain injury, protracted seizures, acute organ failure, or difficulties recovering from surgery or anesthesia. Our Emergency Services Team is available 24/7 (including holidays) to treat any life-threatening conditions your pet may be experiencing.

Critically ill pets often need to be hospitalized, and receive many of the same diagnostics and treatments that people receive in human ICUs. These can include continuous blood pressure and heart monitoring, acid-base and blood gas analysis, blood transfusions, blood pressure support, oxygen supplementation, aggressive multimodal pain control, specialized nutritional support, and life support modalities such as dialysis and mechanical ventilation.

Conditions Treated:

We treat any injuries or illnesses, from the most severe to the everyday.  Some common conditions treated may include:

  • Shock and Serious Injury

  • General Illness

  • Dog and Cat Bites

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia

  • Respiratory Distress

  • Toxicity Exposure

  • Head, Eye, and Ear Trauma/Problems

  • Seizures

  • Heat Stroke

  • Insect and Snake Bites/Stings

  • Cactus Encounters

  • Ongoing Chronic Diseases

24-Hour Services Offered:

We are available anytime for inpatient or outpatient care.

  • Diagnostic Work Up and Stabilization/Treatment

  • Hospitalization

  • Fluid Therapy

  • Oxygen Therapy

  • Blood Transfusion

  • Blood Gas Analysis

  • Nutritional Support

  • Management of Toxicities

  • Post-Operative Support

  • Pain Management

  • 24-hour State-of-the-art Patient Monitoring

  • Management of Toxicities, Seizures & Metabolic Disorders

  • Traumatic Injury, Wound Care and Treatment of Shock (i.e. hit by car, bite wounds, burn injuries, etc.)

  • Urinary Obstruction

  • Emergency Imaging

  • Coagulation Analysis

  • CPR

  • Cardiac Arrhythmias

  • Respiratory Distress and Oxygen Therapy


American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

ASPCA Poison Control

Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society

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