Veterinary Emergency Referral Center offers a wide range of emergency veterinary services for our patients including:

In-House Laboratory

Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform many types of testing that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet.

When your pet becomes suddenly ill or in event of an emergency. Timely diagnostic test results are important to help our veterinarian develop the best treatment plan. Our in-house laboratory equipment can provide results within minutes. 

Recommended in-house laboratory testing for your sick pet may include: 

    • CBC (Complete Blood Count): Changes in white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelet counts can indicate problems such as anemia, dehydration, infection, auto-immune disease, and certain types of cancerous conditions.
    • Blood Chemistry: These tests assess liver function, kidney function, blood sugar, blood proteins, calcium and phosphorus levels, and pancreatic function.
    • Electrolytes: Sodium, Potassium, and Chloride levels are assessed.
    • SNAP tests: These point-of-care tests can rule out Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Canine Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis.
    • Coagulation tests: These tests detect clotting deficiencies that can present in cases with certain poisonings and severe liver disease/failure.
    • Microscopy: Microscopic evaluation of bodily fluids including blood, urine; samples of skin and ear secretions, and needle biopsies can assist with the diagnosis of systemic diseases, urinary disorder, skin and ear diseases, and differentiation between benign or cancerous growths.
    • Ocular diagnostics: Conditions of the eyes can be painful and may warrant evaluation for tear production (Schirmer tear test), corneal injuries (Fluorescein stain) or abnormal intraocular pressures (Tonometry).

Our veterinary team will help explain which tests are most important for your pet. It is very important for us to include you in the decision-making process for your pet, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question if you need clarification.

After Hours Surgery Surgical Services

Our team understands it can be scary to have a pet in need of emergency surgery. Our compassionate, team-oriented approach helps us provide the very best care for your pet.

Our facility offers the following after-hours services:

  • Soft tissue laceration/wound repair
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus commonly called “Bloat”
  • Cesarean Section for Difficult Labors/Birthing
  • Splenectomy
  • Ocular Trauma procedures
  • and other abdominal and soft tissue procedures

Evening and Holiday Emergency and Urgent Care

In an emergency, seconds count. Upon presentation, our skilled nursing staff will perform an immediate triage assessment to evaluate the stability of your pet. Assessing your pet’s level of consciousness, airway/breathing, circulatory status, and pain score is the first component of determining the need for immediate medical intervention.

In life-threatening situations, you will be asked immediately for authorization to stabilize your pet and consent to perform CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation). Stabilization may include placing an IV catheter, beginning the administration of IV fluids, providing oxygen supplementation and pain relief to begin the process.

As your pet is stabilized, our veterinarian will review a diagnostic plan to ascertain the severity of the situation and tailor the treatment plan for your pet.
At times, your pet may need advanced care at a 24-hour facility or specialty center. When this is the case, our team will discuss options for transfer and referral. Your primary veterinarian will be notified of your pet’s visit to the ER and transfer for care.

After-Hours Nursing and Monitoring

Our skilled nurses and veterinarians work around the clock, monitoring and providing continued care for patients that are critically ill, post-surgical, hospitalized or transferred from their primary veterinarian.

Small Mammals and Pocket Pets

For small mammals and pocket pets, please call ahead to see if the Doctor on duty can provide the necessary care for your pet.

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Digital Radiography and Ultrasound

Digital radiography allows us to view your pet’s x-ray results within the blink of an eye! We can also send you and your primary veterinarian copies of these images for completeness of their medical history for your pet. In addition, when necessary we can access board-certified veterinary radiologists to use their specialized skill in interpreting your pet’s X-rays.