Critical Care

Critical Care in veterinary medicine is the most advanced supportive medical care for critically ill patients. These patients are housed in our ICU (Intensive Care Unit), and are cared for by our Speciality Veterinarians and 24/7 nursing staff. Both a veterinarian and nurse are dedicated to each individual ICU patient around the clock and 365 days a year.

 

What critical care treatments are available for my pet if needed?

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Intravenous pain control
  • Blood product transfusion (whole blood, packed red cells, plasma, albumin)
  • IV fluid/kidney diuresis
  • Antidotes for several toxins
  • Rattlesnake Anti-venin
  • Intravenous medications for organ disease, GI disease and infection
  • Nutritional support
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Tracheostomy
  • Chest trauma or infection care (chest tube placement/care)
  • Polytrauma such as motor vehicle accidents (internal bleeding, broken bones, punctured/collapsed lung)
  • Dog fight wounds/trauma

Critical Care POSTS

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