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Jorge Alvarez

DVM
Jorge Alvarez
Staff Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
Jorge Alvarez

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2013

My Pets:

Hudson - Labrador Retriever
Miya - Calico cat

Dr. Alvarez fell in love with Colorado over ten years ago during his first ski trip to Breckenridge as a high school student. Since then, it has always been his dream to live near the mountains and he's thrilled to finally have the opportunity to practice medicine in such a beautiful city. He grew up in Orlando, FL, and graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Biology and Music Performance (Cello) in 2008. Prior to veterinary school, he spent some time learning about foreign animal diseases in Greece and South Africa and later founded JLImageStudio, a photography and digital imaging company.

Jorge stayed close to home for his veterinary education and graduated with a DVM degree in 2013 from University of Florida. During this time, he collaborated with the small animal surgery department to produce high-definition educational videos for advanced and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Jorge traveled to Ecuador in 2010 to serve as a medical volunteer and translator, and aided in conservation medicine efforts in Thailand and Vietnam in June 2011.

Jorge lives with his calico cat, Miya, and black lab, Hudson. During his time off, Jorge enjoys pretty much all outdoor activities as well as playing his cello and picking up a game of tennis.

Emergency & Critical Care

While your general practice veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in handling emergency and critical care for your pet. An emergency and critical care specialist typically works in tandem with your general practice veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

What Is An Emergency and Critical Care Specialist?

A board certified specialist in emergency and critical care is a veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in treating life-threatening conditions. An emergency and critical care specialist can help in the following kinds of cases, among others:

Traumatic injuries of all kinds:

  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Poisonings
  • Animals in need of blood transfusions
  • Animals in shock
  • Coma or severe seizures
  • Diabetic Crises
  • Acute or severe illness

How Can I Find A Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care for My Pet?

If your veterinarian does not handle after hours emergencies, then he or she probably already has a referral relationship in place with a local or regional emergency hospital. You can also look for emergency specialists in your area on the ACVECC website (acvecc.org). You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when and where to refer you and your pet for emergency or critical care is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of care for his or her problem.


When Does My Pet Need Emergency Care?

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing or severe coughing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object, drug, poison or unknown substance
  • Bleeding or unexplained bruising
  • Blood in vomit, feces or urine
  • Severe vomiting, retching, or diarrhea
  • Swollen, hard or painful abdomen
  • Serious wound
  • Suspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Prolonged heat exposure, overheating or heat stroke
  • Snake bite

If you are concerned about your pet at any time, please contact us. We are happy to counsel you on the best course of action.


What Is Critical Care?

While an emergency is unfolding, or throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident, ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic care and constant monitoring of your pet's condition are required. Many emergency and critical care facilities offer 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets and, just as in human hospitals, may have dedicated Intensive Care and Critical Care Units (ICU/CCU). Such facilities are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support. Such facilities also typically have advanced diagnostic capabilities onsite, such as ultrasound and echocardiography.


Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Many emergency hospitals work on a referral basis with general practitioners. In some cases, your pet will only be referred to the emergency service for after-hours care. In other cases, your pet may be in the care of the emergency and critical care specialist for the duration of the emergency and recovery, but then referred back to your general practitioner veterinarian for follow up and routine care.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

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VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

9770 East Alameda Ave

Denver, CO 80247

Main: 720-975-2804

Fax: 303-344-8150

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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