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 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.
A board certified specialist in emergency and care is a veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in treating life-threatening conditions. An emergency care specialist can help in the following kinds of cases, among others:
Traumatic injuries of all kinds:
Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:
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.
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.