Emergency and Critical Care
In addition to the specialty services, VEPC has a staff of experienced doctors and technician for all overnight and weekend hours.
How to Recognize a Pet Emergency
- Difficulty breathing - pale or cyanotic (blue colored) gums
- Collapse - inability to get up or walk
- Toxins - i.e. antifreeze, chocolate, grapes, raisins, ibuprofen, Tylenol, lilies, rat poison, xylitol gum, illicit drugs or prescription medications - BRING PACKAGING WITH YOU!
- Trauma - hit by car, blunt force, falling from significant heights, etc.
- Foreign object ingestion - corn cobs, sewing string, rocks, bones, socks, etc.
- Distended abdomen - especially with unproductive retching/vomiting
- Snake envenomation
- Animal attacks - coyote, fox, other dogs/cats
- Hemorrhage - significant blood loss
- Heat stroke - excessive panting, red color to skin, lethargy
- Urinary obstruction - straining with little or no urine output, blood colored urine
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Thorough history and physical examination
- Diagnostic laboratory analyzers
- Digital radiography
- Pain Management
- Oxygen therapy
- Canine and feline blood products
- Specialist support and consultation