Intensive Care Unit
Pets with serious and life-threatening medical and surgical conditions are treated in our 24 hour Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Our Intensive Care staff are responsible for caring for a wide variety of cases including:
- Immune-mediated Diseases
- Heart Failure
- Kidney and Liver Failure
- Gastrointestinal Diseases
- Neurological diseases
- Respiratory diseases
- Post-operative surgical management
We are equipped to monitor blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rhythms via EGC as well as a number of different blood parameters. We provide pain management, oxygen therapy, fluid and drug therapy, blood and plasma transfusions, and nutritional support.
Over the Phone Medical Assistance
Because of the serious and sensitive nature of emergency and critical care veterinary medicine, the emergency service at VCA Canada Alta Vista does not give medical diagnoses or advice over the phone or via e-mail. The health of your pet is very important to us. We believe that in order to give you and your pet the appropriate care, we must see your animal before we can accurately give a diagnosis or advice. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergency and critical cases. Your regular veterinarian may be best suited for non-emergency questions or concerns.
For more information about pet-related emergencies, please visit the First Aid and Emergency Care reference guide.