The main structures of emergency care are the stabilization, diagnosis, and monitoring of the patient. With this in mind various life support and other important treatments may be required such as:
* Oxygen therapy and support Blood tests
* Transfusions such as whole blood, plasma, packed red blood cells IV fluids
* Placement of chest tubes, feeding tubes, endotracheal tubes, and jugular catheters
* Radiography and/or Ultrasound
* Blood pressure, blood gas and possibly cardiac monitoring
* ECG Monitoring
Area clinics are able to refer to VRRH for their after-hours and ongoing cases. We are able to assist with a great many cases requiring ongoing treatment or monitoring such as:
* Trauma Cases
* Epilepsy with uncontrolled seizures
* Insulin and diabetes-related issues
* Cardiac patients requiring overnight monitoring
* Renal failure requiring diuresis
* Post-operative cases requiring monitoring or further treatment
* Foreign body surgeries
Detailed and thorough communication with your pet’s regular veterinarian is of highest importance for their continued care after they have been transferred to their regular veterinarian. VRRH will forward all information to your veterinarian in order to facilitate this care and ensure your pet’s medical record is complete. VRRH’s emergency veterinarians will also be available to discuss your pet’s treatment and condition with your regular veterinarian if further consult is required.
The highest level of skill, experience and compassion of our Emergency Team, along with our state-of-the-art clinic, allows VRRH to provide quality emergency and critical care for the most serious of injuries and illnesses, providing support and service when your regular veterinarian is not available. Emergency hours are Weekdays: Monday – Thursday 6pm – 7am and Weekends: Friday 6pm – Monday 7am.
First aid is the immediate care given to a pet who has been injured or is suddenly taken ill. This website has an excellent introduction to First Aid.
ASPCA – 888-426-4435
Pet Poison Helpline - 866-823-1588