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 at Austin Vet Care 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:
Fully Equipped Critical Care Facility
Our facility is equipped with separate surgical suites, isolation areas, and temperature-controlled wards with comfortable bedding. Our in-house laboratory/diagnostic and therapeutic equipment enable us to analyze blood tests and perform other emergency diagnostic tests on-site. Our state-of-the-art equipment includes:
Diagnostic imaging (ultrasound, digital radiology, ECG)
Advanced fluid therapy and transfusion therapy
Immediate & Long-Term Critical Care
Whether your pet needs immediate or long-term care, our critical care facility and qualified professionals make it easier for your pet to get the care they need. We can offer advanced critical care, including:
Thoracentesis, abdominocentesis, pericardiocentesis
Traumatic injury treatment
Chest tube placement and management
Feeding tube placement
Acute Patient Stabilization – this includes the stabilization and treatment of complications due to chronic illnesses such as kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, etc.
Emergency Pet Surgery
Our vеtеrinаrу team tаkеѕ еvеrу precaution tо kеер уоur реt safe аnd соmfоrtаblе before, during, and after any surgery. Our caring and comprehensive pre- and post-operative care for your pet includes specialized anesthetic protocols, pain management, and an on-site pharmacy. Learn more about our surgery and post-surgical treatment here.
State-of-the-Art Critical Patient Monitoring
At Austin Vet Care, we take pride in our extensive critical patient monitoring. All patients are monitored from the time they are admitted to when they are discharged. After surgeries and other procedures, your pet is monitored continuously during their hospitalization. Some types of monitoring procedures include:
ECG: An electrocardiogram (ECG), records the beating of the heart through electrical impulses. ECGs are non-invasive and pain-free and are a simple test that can help ensure your pet remains stable throughout treatment.
Blood Pressure: A blood pressure cuff and stethoscope are used to take the blood pressure of your pet and monitor this vital sign during treatment.
Pulse Oximetry: This is used to measure the oxygen levels in your pet’s blood. It is non-invasive, painless, and allows for continuous monitoring.
Although we hope you never need our critical care services for your pet, our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to care for your pet when timely treatment is essential to a successful outcome. A veterinarian dedicated to emergencies is in our hospital at all times!
In case of emergency, the fastest way to reach us is by calling, especially at night, and on weekends and holidays.