Emergency and Critical Care

In any emergency, seconds count. Our experienced staff is backed up by our mobile resuscitation unit, stocked and equipped to administer the ABCs of basic life support – Airway, Breathing, Circulation/Cardiac compressions. Emergency care is offered during regular business hours. In addition, we use the services of a local, fully staffed emergency center. 

In the event of an emergency, we will have your pet triaged by one of our technicians to determine if your pet is stable enough to be worked-in to our appointments or if he or she needs immediate attention from one of our veterinarians.  Below if a list of some of the most common emergencies we see here at CSAH:

  • Difficulty breathing (coughing/wheezing/labored/etc.)
  • Any animal straining to urinate or defecate
  • Seizures
  • Possible toxicity
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hit by car animals or other severe trauma
  • Animals who suddenly appear to have distended or bloated abdomens
  • Neurologic problems (stumbling, acting disoriented, acting suddenly like they can't see)
  • Post-surgical patients having complications

Emergency and Critical Care at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital

We are able to preform blood and/or plasma transfusions for canine and feline patients in emergency situations. The blood is from donor pets, healthy animals that live with their owners, and all blood is carefully screened for disease.

We understand that pets are part of your family and in the event of an emergency it can be very difficult, for understandable reasons, to remain calm.  This being said, if you are very excited and upset, it is very likely that your pet will also become more upset.  The more information you can clearly give to us at the time you come in about what happened with your animal, the quicker we will be able to address the root of the problem.  In most cases, we will bring you into an exam room with your pet during the triage process and have you wait with your pet until the first available doctor is available to examine them.  In cases where your pet is deemed unstable, in critical condition, or in shock, we may need to rush them to the treatment area for immediate action.