Emergency & Critical Care
In the event of an emergency
The emergency team works closely with area veterinarians to provide after hours hospitalization and immediate care. We communicate regularly with your pet’s primary care veterinarian and work closely with all involved to provide the best care available.
Our goal is to provide care for your pet when you or your regular veterinarian are not available. Pre-Registration streamlines the receiving and patient care process for your critical patient so that the hard decisions have already been mapped out before your emergency occurs. To Pre-register your pet, click here.
If your animal exhibits any abnormal activity or behavior, please consult with your veterinarian.
The following symptoms are definite emergencies and require immediate medical attention:
- Difficulty breathing, blue tongue or raspy breath sounds.
- Swollen or distended abdomen, with or without productive vomiting.
- Inability to urinate or defecate, especially if straining. (Cats may repeatedly go to the litter box, lick at the genital area, and/or vocalize).
- Ingestion of toxin, including but not limited to: chocolate, rodenticides (D-con), prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs, xylitol (artificial sweetener), nicotine, and household cleaners. BRING THE CONTAINER WITH YOU!
- Traumas such as being hit by a car, falling from a height or experiencing a blunt force, even if the animal is not showing any ill effects!
- Collapse/inability to stand or walk.
- Loss of balance or consciousness, convulsions or seizure activity.
- Penetrating wound, such as bite wounds, gunshot or stab wounds.
- Bleeding that does not stop within five minutes (Apply pressure using a clean cloth while on your way.)
- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood.
- Heatstroke: heavy panting, weakness, temperature greater than 104 degrees.
When faced with a veterinary emergency, call ahead to the office with the animal’s breed, approximate size, age, present symptoms and any other health problems. While on the phone, confirm the exact location of the hospital.
Emergency procedures include (but are not limited to):
Emergency and Critical Care Support: AESC is ready to provide emergency care and overnight support for critical patients.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services: Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pets’ complete health care needs.
Surgical Services: Our state-of-the-art surgical suites provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures.
Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures (blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, blood pressure, respiration rate, and heart rate).
Radiology Services: Our on-site, digital x-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders. Routine and emergency ultrasound services are also available 24-hours a day.
Electrocardiography Services: We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We use various laboratories across the nation for specialized diagnostics and consultations, and are also able to consult board-certified specialists regarding our out-sourced lab work.
Pharmacy: We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals to meet the needs of your pet. We stock many specialized therapeutic agents such as Fresh Frozen Plasma, Packed Red Blood Cells, 4-methylperizole, and N-acetylcysteine.
Ventilator Support: We have a ventilator that ventilates patients that cannot breathe or exchange gases on their own, and we are capable of providing long-term mixed-gas ventilation support for our patients.
Blood Products: We receive blood products from an on-site blood bank, Rocky Mountain Blood Services. This unique partnership ensures that we always have access to various canine and feline blood products.