Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care is a veterinary specialty you may need if your pet should become injured or suddenly develop an acute, life threatening disease. A specialist in emergency and critical care is a specially trained veterinarian who is dedicated to treating life-threatening conditions. Pets who have sustained trauma or bite wounds are examples, but a number of other problems are commonly treated. The following are examples of symptoms routinely seen by a Veterinary Criticalist:
- Trauma patients, including those hit by cars, bite, or burn injuries
- Any animal that is having trouble breathing
- Pets needing a blood transfusion
- Any patient that is in shock (signs of shock can include weakness, pale mucous membranes in their mouth, cold extremities, and an abnormal heart rate)
- Pets having trouble urinating, or are not producing urine
- Dogs and cats who need specialized nutritional support because they are unwilling or unable to eat on their own
- If an abnormal heart rhythm is causing problems
Luiz Bolfer, M.V., D.V.M., Ph.D.
Diplomate, Brazilian College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Kevin S. Kirchofer, M.S, D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Jennifer Stafford, D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine & American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care