Animal Medical Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is similar to ICUs found in human hospitals. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, our ICU is equipped with the latest in diagnostic, monitoring, and support equipment. Our team of knowledgeable, dedicated doctors and nurses are always on site to care for your pet when illness or disaster strikes.
Advanced treatment in our ICU includes:
- Oxygen supplementation
- Blood transfusions
- Advanced pain treatment
- Feeding tube placement
- Chest tube placement
- Intravenous nutrition
In addition, our staff is trained and equipped to provide cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation should the need arise.
Because our doctors participate in rounds three times a day, they are able to collaborate on our hospitalized patients. They also meet once weekly to review current veterinary journals, engage in mortality/morbidity review, and analyze radiographs (X-rays) as it relates to ICU patients.
Communication between you and our staff is very important during your pet’s ICU stay. Our doctors provide you with daily updates and routinely offer client education so you can fully understand what is happening. Our hospital has visiting hours from 10:00am to 12:00pm and from 2:00pm to 4:00pm; or as discussed and scheduled with your Doctor.
Emergency surgery is available around the clock. We treat many emergency surgical conditions, such as:
- Gastric-Dilation-Volvulus (GDV)
- Foreign body removal
- Tracheostomy (airway access)
- Cesarean sections
- Wound management
- Bite wound repair
- Urinary surgery
Video endoscopy is also available for other procedures. This is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a doctor to look inside body cavities for disease or obstructions. This is particularly useful when a pet has a rawhide, bone, or toy lodged in the esophagus (the food tube) or stomach. Video endoscopy enables us to see inside the esophagus and, in certain cases, retrieve the object with the endoscope without having to resort to surgery. In other cases, we will be better able to judge whether the object will pass through the animal’s system, again avoiding surgery.
Advanced, multi-parameter monitoring is available in our ICU. This includes electrocardiography (EKG), blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and blood gas evaluations.
Our in-house laboratory also gives our staff the capability to obtain timely and critical information about your pet’s illness. This includes:
- Complete blood counts
- Complete chemistry and electrolyte profiles
- Blood gas chemistries
A consultation with local specialists in a variety of fields is available on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, on-site access to digital radiology and ultrasound exams further adds to our ability to make critical diagnoses and start appropriate treatment. Radiographic interpretation by board-certified veterinary radiologists is available 24 hours a day.
Along with expert medical attention, our patients receive all of the tender loving care they deserve every minute they are in our ICU. While in our ICU, your pet may receive the following care:
- 24 hour veterinary and nursing care
- Respiratory therapy, including:
- Oxygen therapy
- Nebulization therapy
- Blood gas values
- Pulse oximetry
- Pain management
- Blood and plasma transfusion
- IV fluids
- Cardiovascular monitoring
- Nutritional support
Our knowledgeable, dedicated doctors and nurses will go the extra mile to provide your pet with the special care he or she needs. Their focus is on helping your pet make a healthy recovery.
"I am impressed by Dr. Andersen. She’s very knowledgeable. She treats my dog well and takes time to explain things to me."