Emergency / Critical Care
Should your Pet require more than emergency attention, the Center for Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Care offers access to Specialists in the fields of Neurology, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Critical Care all in one location! Our high-tech equipment and treatment regimens are similar to those found in human hospitals. Services offered include:
- 24 hour staffing by Doctors and Nurses for your Pet’s emergency care.
- Initial diagnostics (on-site STAT laboratory, x-rays, CT scan) and stabilization of any medical or surgical Patient.
- Blood typing, cross-matching, blood and plasma transfusions for anemia and bleeding disorders.
- Isolation room
- Oxygen therapy and respiratory support for Patients with respiratory distress, including ventilator therapy.
- Emergency surgery for complex cases such as GDV (twisted stomach), blood in the abdomen, gastrointestinal foreign body obstruction, C-section, and many other conditions.
- Diagnostics and medical support for other veterinary emergencies such as toxin ingestion, infectious diseases, endocrine conditions (Addison’s, diabetic, etc.), seizures, acute liver or kidney failure, trauma.
- Advanced life support (such as ventilator therapy)
We work closely with your Primary Care Veterinarian, sharing all information and keeping them informed with daily Progress Notes. We believe that an open line of communication is essential for the proper treatment of your Pet!! In acting as an extension of your Primary Care Veterinarian's Practice, we care for your Pet when your Family Doctor is unavailable (after hours, emergency situations), and when your Pet requires care that must be delivered in an advanced, 24/7 state-of-the-art clinical setting.
We understand that it takes more than just medical skill to fully care for a beloved furry family member...it takes SERIOUS SCIENCE/COMPASSIONATE CARE/24-7!
The following symptoms or problems are definite emergencies and require immediate medical attention:
- Difficulty breathing, blue tongue or raspy sounds.
- Swollen or distended abdomen, with or without productive vomiting.
- Inability to urinate or defecate, especially if straining (cats may repeatedly go to the litter box, lick at the genital area, and/or vocalize).
- Ingestion of toxin, including but not limited to: chocolate, raisins/grapes, sago palm, lily, rodenticidesor "rat bait" (D-con), drugs (prescription, over-the-counter or recreational), xylitol (artificial sweetener), nicotine, and household cleaners. Please bring the container with you to our Hospital!
- Allergic reactions
- Painful behavior
- Unexplained fever
- Traumas such as being hit by a car, falling from a height or experiencing a blunt force, even if the animal is not showing any ill effects!
- Collapse and/or inability to stand or walk.
- Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions or seizure activity
- Penetrating wound, such as snake bite wounds, gunshot or lacerations.
- Bleeding that does not stop within five minutes (apply pressure using a clean cloth while on your way).
- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood
- Heatstroke (heavy panting, weakness, body temperature over 104 degrees).
When faced with an emergency, please do not delay, and do not hesitate to call ahead (972.820.7099) with your Pet's breed (or approximate size), age, symptoms and any other health problems. While calling, don't hesitate to confirm our location or ask any other basic questions you may have (please note it is illegal for us to offer medical advice without examining the Patient).
All Pets are triaged when arriving to our ER and treated as quickly as possible based on their current condition. Critical Patients are evaluated and treated first, followed by the urgent and stable Pets.
ICU and Critical Care
Critical Care medicine has rapidly advanced, allowing more and more Pets to recover from serious and life-threatening conditions. With a Board-Certified Critical Care Specialist overseeing our ICU team, we are fortunate to have the knowledge, expertise, and equipment to care for critically ill Patients in need of intensive, round-the-clock monitoring, long-term ventilation, or other techniques previously only available to humans. In fact, many of the area emergency centers refer their more complex or serious cases to us, because they know we are prepared to confidently handle any type of condition.
Explore Topics in Emergency and Critical Care
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- Giving A Subcutaneous Injection
- Subcutaneous (Insulin) Injection Administration
- Subcutaneous Fluid Administration
- Anaphylactic Shock (Apollo's Story)
- At Home Urinary Catheter Care
- Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
- Peg Tube Feeding
- Feeding A Bland Diet
- Dog-Bite Wound Management
- Heatstroke: Heat Can Be Fatal To Your Pet
Heather Rhoden, DVM
- Heather Rhoden, DVM
Katherine Mix, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency and Critical Care
- Katherine Mix, DVM
Kimberly Claus, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency and Critical Care
- Kimberly Claus, DVM
Molly Bachert, DVM
- Molly Bachert, DVM
Lisa Durso, DVM
- Lisa Durso, DVM
Rachel Perteet , DVM
- Rachel Perteet , DVM
Jen Mahon, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Medicine
- Jen Mahon, DVM
Rachel Wier, DVM
- Rachel Wier, DVM