What Is Veterinary Critical Care?
Veterinary Critical Care is medical care for animals whose condition require close, constant watch by our team of specially trained Veterinarians and Licensed Veterinarian Technicians. Most of our critical care cases take place in our intensive care unit (ICU) ward .
Our intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care unit (CCU) is a special department of the veterinary clinic that provides intensive care medicine 24 hours a day.
Our ICU caters to patients with severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries, which require constant, close monitoring and support from our veterinarians who use special equipment and various medications. Our ICU is also distinguished from our normal hospital wards by a higher staff-to-patient ratio and access to advanced medical resources, unique machines, and equipment to treat your pets illness or condition.
What to expect when your pet is admitted into the ICU.
Admission of a loved one to the ICU can a challenging and sometimes often unfamiliar environment. This can create a somewhat stressful and make you feel uncertain. Here at Artemis we fully believe that effective communication is an important part of the healing process, not only for you but your animal as well. Feeling scared or nervous about your animal in the ICU can be normal, not only for you, but for your pet as well. We understand this and will work with you to understand how the team and their equipment will help improve your pet’s health. You can expect that the ICU staff will keep you informed of any major changes in your pet’s condition or procedures that are being performed.
Patients in ICU often require medication to keep them comfortable, which may at times diminish their level of responsiveness. The level of sedation will vary from animal to animal, depending on their condition. It is important to remember that although your pet may not be able to respond to you as they might normally do at home, however, they may still be able to hear and feel. Furthermore, we encourage family members to visit hospitalized patients, hold them (if possible or hold their paw) and let them know how loved they are.