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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?

As an emergency hospital, we 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.

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Emergency & Critical Care

What To Do if Your Pet Has a Veterinary Emergency

If your pet is suffering and needs emergency veterinary care, please call (916) 652-5816 right away. Likewise, if you have questions about a specific situation with your pet, call at any time during the day or night. We are open for emergencies and are staffed by veterinary technicians and doctors 24 hours a day to help care for your pet's emergency needs.

Urgent veterinary crises that require IMMEDIATE attention include:

  • Severe accident or trauma
  • Severe fever or malaise
  • Broken bone
  • Hit by a car
  • Shock
  • Attack by another animal
  • Difficulty breathing or severe coughing
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that goes on for an extended time
  • Obstetrical problems
  • Collapse
  • More than one seizure in a 24-hour period
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Known or suspected toxin ingestion

If you are planning to bring your pet in for emergency treatment, whenever possible, please call (916) 652-5816 so we can prepare for your arrival.

Loomis Basin has a veterinarian, veterinary technicians, and support staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your pet's emergency and critical care needs. We understand your concerns and will treat your pet as if he or she is our own. We will communicate with you so that you can understand your pet's health status, treatment, and progress because we always strive to keep you involved in the care of your critically ill dog or cat.

Continuous 24-Hour Veterinary Care

Because injuries and illness do not always occur during regular business hours, since 1975 Loomis Basin has dedicated itself to being available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and providing continuous care to pets who need ongoing medical attention. We have at least one veterinarian at the hospital at all times and several veterinary technicians are responsible for monitoring and providing treatment to pets requiring hospitalization or continuous care.

Same-Day Veterinary Care

We understand that sometimes your pet needs to be seen sooner rather than later. Several years ago, Loomis Basin had a dilemma as to how to serve clients who had made advance appointments but were inconvenienced by pets who truly had an emergency that required immediate attention or people who walked in without an appointment. As a result, we introduced Same-Day Care.

To solve this problem, Loomis Basin offers Same-Day Care appointments to accommodate client requests for emergency or urgent care during normal business hours or last-minute appointment requests.

We added a doctor to our staff and keep the Same-Day Care doctor's schedule open until the actual day, so that he or she can examine those pets that must be seen right away or without an appointment. Our Same-Day Care veterinarian is supported by a dedicated veterinary technician who helps to ensure that your pet's needs are met as quickly as possible. Same-Day Care is a much-needed service that helps to keep the regularly scheduled appointments on track; however, clients may have to wait while other pets are being triaged.

This service is yet another in our endless quest to continue to meet your pet's health care needs and to meet or exceed your expectations.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Services

Aggressive Analgesia
Continuous ECG Monitoring and Telemetry
Emergency & Critical Care Overview
Nasal and Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy

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