Emergency & Critical Care

 

 

Emergency & Critical Care

The Emergency and Critical Care Service at the Coral Springs Animal Hospital is staffed with experienced nurses and doctors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

We have, on site, all the medical and laboratory equipment and supplies needed to initiate immediate diagnostic testing and treatment for patients who need urgent or emergency care. We are available to answer any questions pet owners may have about their pets, and will be able to help owners decide if their pet is in need of urgent, emergency, or critical care.

Our intensive care unit is staffed by educated compassionate and experienced veterinary nurses. We have the ability to provide patients with oxygen, ventilator support, continuous heart and blood pressure monitoring, intravenous fluid therapy, digital radiology, and paint management if necessary. We stock a full supply of blood and plasma for dogs and cats should your pet need a blood transfusion.

The Emergency and Critical Care Service works directly with all our specialty services to ensure that if your pet needs specialized care such as emergency surgery it will be readily available. We work together as a team, communicating with each other and your primary care veterinarian to ensure that your pet has the best and most technologically advanced care possible.

What is veterinary emergency and critical care?

Veterinary emergency and critical care is no different than emergency and critical care in humans. If your pet has an emergency or has a life threatening condition, such as shock or any other disease- this requires prompt medical attention. Many of these patients we see are critical, requiring ongoing care in the intensive care unit (ICU). Our team of critical care doctors and technicians are here to support your pet during this time. This specialized care improves the likelihood that your pet will have a better outcome when dealing with life threatening conditions.

Which patients would benefit from the care of an emergency and critical care specialist?

  • Immune mediated disease (hemolytic anemia or low platelets)
  • Any trauma patients: motor vehicular trauma, bite wounds, gunshot or knife wounds
  • Burn injuries/house fires- carbon monoxide and smoke inhalation
  • Any animal that is having trouble breathing- heart disease, upper airway disease
  • Complications of diabetes (DKA-diabetic keto-acidosis)
  • Bloat/ GDV- gastric dilitation and volvulus
  • Animals that need a blood transfusion
  • Any patient that is in shock
  • Animals that have ingested toxic material (plants, drugs or prescription medication, grapes/raisins, chocolate, rat bait)
  • Animals that are having trouble urinating, or are not producing urine and require urinary catheterization
  • Dogs and cats that need specialized nutritional support because they are unwilling or unable to eat on their own (pancreatitis cases, post-operative cases)
  • Animals in which an abnormal heart rhythm of congestive heart failure
  • Animals with life-threatening neurologic disease such as coma or severe seizures that are not responding to medications
  • Patients that have had surgery and are not recovering well from anesthesia or are having trouble in the first few post-operative days
  • Patients with collapse (bleeding abdominal tumors)

Our emergency service provides:

Triage – A screening process to sort medical cases and determine the priority of patient’s treatments based on the severity of their condition. This allows us to deal with the most life threatening cases immediately when dealing with life threatening conditions.

  • Respiratory and ventilator therapy
  • Decontamination for certain toxins with activated charcoal, Intralipid®, and other specific medications
  • A team of board certified specialists in surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, oncology, cardiology for immediate consultation
  • Emergency surgery for GDV (bloat), hemoabdomen (from intra-abdominal bleeding tumors, post-op surgeries), intestinal obstructions, uterine infections, C-sections, and intervertebral disk disease.
  • Transfusion medicine; blood, plasma, human IVIG (intravenous immunoglobulin)

Diagnostics:

• X-rays, MRI, CT, endoscopy, ultrasound, contrast studies, blood gas analysis, clotting times, cbc, chemistry, urinalysis, Blood pressure, ECG, and CO2 monitoring..