Emergency and Critical Care

 

 

The VSH Emergency & Critical Care department operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week, covering the emergency and urgent healthcare needs of your pets. Our Emergency and Critical Care pet care services include:

  • Oxygen therapy including oxygen cages, nasal oxygen, and long-term ventilator therapy
  • NOVA(R) blood gas analysis and pulse oximetry
  • Blood component therapy including red blood cell, plasma and platelet transfusion provided by our in-house Blood Donor Program 
  • Advanced vascular access including central venous and arterial catheterization
  • Invasive and non-invasive cardiac monitoring
  • Telemetry
  • Abdominal, cardiac, and patient bed-side ultrasound capability
  • Advanced pain control with continuous infusions, local and regional anesthesia.
  • Antivenom, antitoxins and hemodialysis
  • Emergency surgery
  • Video endoscopy and laparoscopy
  • 24-hour monitoring by team of American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Specialists, Intern-trained Experienced Emergency Doctors, Emergency and Critical Care Residents, Emergency and Critical Care Specialty Interns and Medicine and Surgery Interns and technicians with special focus and training in Emergency and Critical Care
  • Consultations with other specialty services are always available

CALL IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A VETERINARY EMERGENCY.

NORTH COUNTY: 760-466-0600

SAN DIEGO: 858-875-7500

VSH’s Emergency & Critical Care Department

Our department is staffed by a team of American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Specialists, Intern-trained Experienced Emergency Doctors, Emergency and Critical Care Residents, Emergency and Critical Care Specialty Interns and Medicine and Surgery Interns and technicians with special focus and training in Emergency and Critical Care.

We are also experienced in stabilization of severe traumas, intoxications, envenomations and advanced respiratory disease requiring mechanical ventilation.

While hospitalized patients are overseen by one of our two criticalists, we strongly believe in a team approach and coordinate with the other specialty services, your family Veterinarian and importantly you to determine the best care for your pet. Communication is enhanced by morning updates from the primary doctor overseeing your pets care and follow-up communication as certain diagnostics or clinical progress is met through the day. Detailed emailed or faxed reports and timely conversations with your family veterinarian ensure that they remain involved in the active care of your pet and are best prepared for continued follow-up care.

If you are concerned about your pet please call one of the numbers above for immediate attention. Please do read our emergency tips and advice to prepare yourself should an emergecy arise.

If you are a general veterinarian requiring a consultation for emergency pet care services, please call us as soon as possible to tell us about your case.

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