An Emergency Unit has become an integral part of any good hospital. Lives of people are saved if treated with promptness and care in an emergency unit. The same goes for our pets. A veterinary emergency unit plays a vital role in saving the lives of animals when faced with critical injuries or illness.
Medical emergency is something that is of utmost importance in any medical organisation. Prompt addressing of the situation with a team of true, dedicated professionals well aware of modern techniques, is what is offered in any vet clinic. Apart from offering service on a 24 x 365 basis, vets treat their patient animals with utmost love and care.
Emergency doesn’t come with a fixed schedule. It’s uncertain. Proper and timely diagnosis of an emergency situation helps in planning the next step. Following are some of the situations which fall under emergencies a pet lover must be aware of:
- There is profuse bleeding of patient
- The pet has trouble breathing
- Patient has an abnormal heartbeat rhythm.
- Patient has urinary problems.
- Requirement of blood transfusion in patient.
- Patients have knife or bite injuries.
- Specialised support in case of nutritional deficiency of patient.
- Patient becomes unconscious.
- Animal ingests some poisonous substances.
- Animal has swollen face or eye.
- Patient has had any kind of accident.
Veterinary Emergency Care equipped with modern machines and technologies, provides a platform to pet lovers to have an immediate treatment of their dearest pets in case of critical situations. Advanced technologies ranging from oxygen support, monitoring of pressure, transfusion of blood etc. save the lives of pets from life threatening conditions. Some of the emergency surgical procedures are:
- Blood Transfusion – There are several types of transfusions. Dogs and cats are given packed red blood cells (PRBC) which help in restoring the oxygen carrying capacity in anaemic patients. Plasma is given to small animals with low protein levels.
- Mechanical ventilation – Respiratory support is provided through mechanical ventilation in case pets are not able to maintain oxygenation on their own. Some of the conditions managed with this process include respiratory muscle paralysis, lung disease, tick paralysis, etc. Mechanical ventilation mainly helps in supporting the functioning of lungs so as to have time to address the underlying problem. Emergency unit provides the constant monitoring required for ventilation.
- Nutritional Support – Some of the good clinics provide nutritional support for patients admitted to hospitals. Patients unable to eat normally are supported by parenteral nutrition (feeding via blood stream) or enteral nutrition (feeding through surgically placed feeding tube).
- Advanced pain management – Individualised pain treatment plan is provided according to the condition of the patient. Some of the advanced pain management techniques include continuous rate infusions, local anaesthetics, specialised pain catheters, etc.
- Oxygen therapy – Respiratory shock or distress, or fluid inside the lungs or chest cavity can be treated with oxygen therapy. It has been found to be very effective in case of trauma involving swelling of tissues.
- Retrieval of foreign body – Foreign body detected inside the patient is removed via endoscopic or surgical retrieval.
Creating a compassionate environment for pet lovers at a critical time of their beloved pet is what a veterinary emergency unit wishes to achieve. A complete set-up to meet the need of patients battling life threatening conditions under one roof makes this unit very efficient and reliable.