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:
- Respiratory distress
- Acute kidney failure
- Anemia, acute blood loss
- Congestive heart failure