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Christopher Gargamelli

Christopher Gargamelli Staff Photo
Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
Christopher Gargamelli Staff Photo

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2004

My Pets:

two dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and a turtle
Dr.  Christopher Gargamelli is an emergency clinician with over 14 years of emergency medicine and surgery experience.  He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree, with Distinction, in Animal Science from Purdue University in 2000 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 from Purdue University.

Dr. Gargamelli is also the program coordinator for the veterinary technology program at Middlesex Community College.  In addition, he currently serves on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Political Action Committee Board, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors, and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties.  His professional memberships include: the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, and Gamma Sigma Delta.

Outside of the classroom and veterinary hospital, Dr. Gargamelli enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters.  They share their home with two dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and a turtle.
Papers Authored

Dr. Gargamelli has been published in The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  He has lectured on topics including pain management and leadership in veterinary medicine.  Dr. Gargamelli enjoys expanding his knowledge by obtaining many hours of continuing education each year.

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. 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 bruisingBlood in vomit, feces or urine
  • Severe vomiting, retching, or diarrhea
  • Swollen, hard or painful abdomen
  • Serious woundSuspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • SeizuresInability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behaviorSigns of extreme pain
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Prolonged heat exposure, overheating or heat stroke 
  • Snake bite

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

Co-Team Lead Emergency/Critical Care Technician
Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care Department Head
Veterinarian
VCA Veterinary Specialists of CT

993 North Main Street

West Hartford, CT 06117

Main: 860-236-3273

Fax: 860-236-3275

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty Appointment Hours::

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday & Sunday: ER only

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