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Critical Care

Whitney Long, DVM, Diplomate American College Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

                    Dr. Whitney Long

The critical care service treats pets suffering from life-threatening trauma and illness.  Dr. Whitney Long leads our critical care team and is a board-certified specialist in emergency and critical care.

A veterinary critical care specialist obtains four additional years of education, following graduation from veterinary school, including a one-year rotating internship and three years of residency training.  To attain board certification, a two-day examination and publication in a peer-reviewed journal is required following completion of a residency program. 

Patients requiring critical care are hospitalized in our intensive care unit (ICU).  The ICU is staffed with veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians and technician assistants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Our ICU is equipped with state of the art monitoring equipment including ECG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and capnography.  A full service laboratory, offering complete bloodwork, including clotting times and lactate levels, urinalysis, fecal analysis and cytology, is available to our patients at any hour.  Specially-constructed oxygen cages and a pediatric incubator are available to provide oxygen-enriched and temperature controlled environments for our patients.  Advanced techniques such as blood transfusions, ventilation, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation are utilized when necessary.

 Common Conditions Treated Include:

  • Sepsis
  • Trauma
  • Respiratory distress
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Anemia, acute blood loss
  • Intoxications
  • Seizures
  • Pancreatitis
  • Congestive heart failure