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Ingrid Manhart

Dr. Ingrid
Veterinary Specialist
Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Ingrid

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:

Emergency & Critical Care

Specialties Include:

Traumatic brain injury
Kidney failure
Transfusion medicine

My Pets:

Radar - Dog
Cuckoo - Cat

Dr. Ingrid Manhart was raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Illinois. After graduation she worked at Northwestern University doing Alzheimer's research before making the decision to attend veterinary school. Dr. Manhart received her DVM from Ross University in 2007 and completed her clinical year at Oklahoma State University. She worked as an emergency veterinarian until 2011, at which time she pursued a critical care internship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then completed an emergency and critical care residency at Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD.

Dr. Manhart lives with her husband, her son and two mixed breed dogs. She enjoys all outdoor activities and is happy to be back in Chicago after spending a number of years away.

Papers Authored
Mountain Laurel Toxicosis in a Dog

Abstract: To describe a case of mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) toxicosis in a dog, including case management and successful outcome.
Authored: Manhart I, DeClementi C, Guenther CL
Published: JVECC 2013; 23(1): 77-81

Statins Cause Intracellular Accumulation of Amyloid Precursor Protein, Beta-Secretase-Cleaved Fragments, and Amyloid Beta-Peptide via an Isoprenoid-Dependent Mechanism

Abstract: The use of statins, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitors that block the synthesis of mevalonate (and downstream products such as cholesterol and nonsterol isoprenoids), as a therapy for Alzheimer disease is currently the subject of intense debate. 
Authored: Cole SL, Grudzien A, Manhart I, Kelly BL, Oakley H, Vassar R
Published: J. Biol. Chem., 2005; 280(19): 18755-18770

Our Additional Services Offered Services

Direct Blood Pressure Monitoring
Nasal and Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy
Continuous ECG Monitoring and Telemetry

Emergency & Critical Care

When your pet needs emergency medical care naturally, you'd call your veterinarian. But when he or she is not available, who should you call then? VCA Arboretum View is an extension of your veterinarian's practice, with the same caring, compassionate approach you and your pet are accustomed to. We work with your regular veterinarian to ensure that your pet can always get the medical attention he or she needs. One of our highest priorities is to provide an around-the-clock intensive care unit to provide the best possible care for all the center's referred critically ill animals.

In order to achieve this goal, specifically trained veterinary experts in emergency and critical care and a commensurate highly qualified and experienced staff are here to serve you and your pet.

What Is An Emergency and Critical Care Specialist?

An Emergency and Critical Care Specialist (also known as a Criticalist) is a board certified specialist in emergency and critical care 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 injury (including fractures, bite wounds, burns, lacerations)
  • Respiratory emergencies (including cases in which the use of ventilators is needed) Animals in need of blood transfusions Animals that are in shock
  • Animals with life threatening neurologic disease, such as coma or severe seizures

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations may 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 practitioner veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

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 the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) website. 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
  • Ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Bleeding
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in the feces or urine
  • Swollen, hard abdomen that is painful to the touch
  • 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, such as whining or shaking
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Signs of heatstroke

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 may be 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 on site, 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.

Did You Know?

There are more than 125 board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care specialists in the U.S. today and it is the fastest growing specialty in the profession.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital

2551 Warrenville Road

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Main: 630-963-0424

Fax: 630-963-0537

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty/Emergency Hours:

Emergency/Critical Care open 24/7.
Specialty Services available Monday-Saturday depending on department.

Email Us - [email protected]

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