EMERGENCY Services

EMERGENCY
Services

If you think your pet is sick or injured and you’re not sure what to do, call Austin Vet Care @ Central Park at (512) 961-3059 and speak to one of our experienced staff members. They will help assess the situation and determine whether your pet needs to be seen by a member of our emergency staff.
If circumstances permit, please try to call ahead so that we may prepare for your arrival.

Our Emergency service uses technology and advanced skills to monitor, diagnose, and treat animals with acute or chronic illness. The most severe and life-threatening emergencies are managed in our critical care unit, and the emergency veterinarians work diligently to provide the best patient care and treatment. Staff members realize that each pet is accompanied by a concerned owner, and they understand the fears that owners experience when a beloved pet is in critical condition.

This service is fully staffed and available 24/7/365. The emergency team is trained to assess and treat pets that become ill when their family veterinarian is unavailable and to handle life-threatening emergencies. Some common emergencies include being hit by a car, falling from heights, profuse vomiting or diarrhea, difficulty breathing, seizures, and toxin ingestion. Below is a list of what may require emergency medical attention for your pet:

Trauma:


 Bite wounds
 Broken bones
 Burns
 Distended abdomen
 Hit by car
 Excessive bleeding
 Eye injuries
 Heatstroke
 Frostbite
 Inability to walk
 Trouble breathing
 Gagging or Choking

Disease / Illness:


 Coughing, sneezing, or difficulty breathing
 Changes in behavior, appetite, or stools
 Bumping into things, becoming disoriented
 Allergic reactions, including swelling, rashes, or itching
 Inability to urinate; straining to urinate
 Pregnancy/Delivery  more than 3-4 hours between delivering
 First time or multiple seizures lasting more than 3 minutes
 Signs of pain such as whining, shaking, hiding, or dull behavior
 Vomiting blood, passing blood in the stool or urine
 Diabetic animals refusing food

Ingestion:


 Chocolate
 Mushrooms
 Onions
 Household plants
 Antifreeze
 Insecticides
 Rat poison
 Household cleansers
 Pool chemicals
 Human medications
 Bones
 Pennies / foreign objects
 Excessive food / garbage

While some patients can be treated and released the same day, others must be admitted for further stabilization. Patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries are admitted to our critical care unit for close monitoring and advanced life support measures. The unit is staffed by veterinarians and technicians with training and experience in emergency care. They provide around-the-clock care for each patient and utilize a variety of advanced monitoring and diagnostic tools:

Critical Care Services


24-hour fluid therapy
Anesthesia monitoring
Oxygen therapy
Pain management
Blood Pressure monitoring
Continuous EKG
Enteral and Parenteral nutrition
Blood transfusion therapy
Capnography
Pulse oximetry
Tonometry
Coagulation, complete blood count, and chemistry analyzers
Cardiac resuscitation, and post resuscitation care