Emergency

VRHOH is always open and staffed for pet emergencies. We provide emergency services for walk-in pets, and pets referred from other veterinarians.

The goal of the Emergency Service of our veterinary specialty hospital is to provide the highest level of 24-hour emergency medical and surgical care in conjunction with consistent and effective communication with the client and referring veterinarian.

Appointments are not needed in the event your pet needs emergency care. However, if time permits, it is advised that you or your primary veterinarian call ahead so we will be prepared for your pet’s arrival. As in human emergency rooms, we see emergency patients on a first-come, first-served basis, with critically ill or injured patients receiving priority. (We do not accept emergency appointments.)  This may result in a wait during busy times, so we provide free wireless service, TV, and a snack and soda machine to help make your stay with us more comfortable.

Our trained emergency room doctors, technicians, and receptionists offer the following services:

  • 24-hour staffing by doctors and nurses for your pet’s emergency care
  • Immediate testing and stabilization of any medical or surgical patient
  • Blood typing, cross-matching, blood and plasma transfusions for anemia and bleeding disorders
  • Oxygen therapy and respiratory support for patients with respiratory distress
  • Full-service, in-house stat laboratory including blood gas analysis
  • Emergency surgery available at all times for emergency cases like GDV, hemoabdomen, C-section, and foreign body obstruction

After your pet’s examination and evaluation, our emergency staff will discuss a diagnostic and treatment plan with you. The doctor may recommend that your pet be treated as an outpatient, or be hospitalized for ongoing care based on the severity of illness. An estimate will be provided for the cost of the care.

Following initial evaluation, communication with you, as the pet owner, and your consent for care, tests and treatments will begin as soon as possible. Diagnostic test results are often available the same day, and your doctor will review these results with you. You will also receive patient updates from your doctor and the staff throughout the duration of hospitalization.

In addition, your primary veterinarian will be updated on your pet’s status and treatment. Stable pets requiring ongoing care after initial treatment are encouraged to be transferred back to their primary veterinarian. If your pet is in an unstable condition, we can provide continued hospitalization in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) which is staffed by our board certified critical care specialist.

The emergency doctors can also facilitate your pet seeing another specialty service at VRHOH.

Our Emergency Doctors