Emergency Care

Emergency & Critical Care

You do not need a referral for emergency care.

What do you do if your pet becomes ill or is injured? VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital is available to help! We provide emergency and critical care coverage from 7am �" 8pm.

We are fully capable of managing a wide variety of emergency cases that may range from minor to life-threatening. Our goal is to ensure that all pets receive compassionate and quality emergency care.

We understand that it can be a very difficult time when your pet becomes ill or is injured; therefore, we do our best not only to care for your pet as if they were our own, but also to communicate with you every step of the way. We understand that being separated from a beloved pet can be traumatic for both of you. To best accommodate this special bond, we offer daily visiting hours between 6pm and 8:00pm. We also offer support and guidance at times when it is needed the most.

Questions About Emergency & Critical Care

What can I expect when I arrive with my critically ill pet?

All phases of treatment are determined on a case-by-case basis. We understand how important it is to have a rapid response to extremely critical cases such as hit-by-car traumas. When you arrive, an emergency technician will meet you in the lobby, prepared to collect your pet for emergency treatment and stabilization. This may include, but is not limited to: checking the pet’s temperature, pulse and respirations, assessing the pet’s level of consciousness (such as alert, depressed, comatose), obtaining blood samples and blood pressure measurements, placing an intravenous catheter, providing oxygen support (via oxygen mask or endotracheal tube), and administering intravenous fluid therapy, pain management, and CPCR (cardio-pulmonary-cerebral resuscitation).

We will then obtain information from you regarding your pet’s medical history, as well as the current injury/illness. This information will allow us to create a medical record where treatments and medications can be logged. It is highly recommended that you always maintain a record of your pet’s medical history in case of emergency.

Emergency Services

At VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital we provide a wide range of services for every imaginable emergency. Based on our knowledge foundation, equipment and facility, following is a partial list of our services:

  • Abdominocentesis

  • Arterial line placement and management

  • Blood product administration

  • Capnography

  • Cardiac assessment

  • Cardio-pulmonary-cerebral resuscitation (CPCR)

  • Casting/splinting injured limbs

  • Central venous pressure (CVP) monitoring

  • Central-line placement and management

  • Digital radiography

  • Doppler blood pressure

  • ECG telemetry

  • Emergency stabilization

  • Endoscopy

  • Feeding tube placement and management (nasogastric, esophageal, PEG)

  • Fluid therapy

  • Gastric lavage

  • Intravenous catheter placement

  • Kidney diuresis

  • Management of feline lower urinary tract disorder

  • Management of toxicosis

  • Oxygen therapy

  • Pain management

  • Parenteral and enteral nutrition

  • Pulse oximetry monitoring

  • Thoracocentesis

  • Tracheal washes

  • Tracheostomy

  • Triage

  • Urinary catheterization

  • Vascular assessment

  • Ventilation and ventilator management

Emergency Surgical Procedures

  • Abscess repair

  • Bite wound repair

  • Bloat (GDV)

  • Cystotomy

  • Diaphragmatic hernia repair

  • Exploratory abdominal surgeries

  • Eye enucleations

  • Gastrointestinal foreign body removal

  • Laceration repairs

  • Limb amputations

  • Splenectomy