Intensive Care Unit

Encina Veterinary Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is similar to ICUs found in human hospitals. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, our ICU is equipped with the latest in diagnostic, monitoring, and support equipment. Our team of knowledgeable, dedicated doctors and veterinary technicians are always on site to care for your pet when illness or disaster strikes.
Advanced treatment in our ICU includes:

          * Oxygen supplementation
          * Blood transfusions
          * Advanced pain treatment
          * Feeding tube placement
          * Chest tube placement
          * Intravenous nutrition
          * 24 hour veterinary and nursing care
          * Respiratory therapy, including:
                  – Oxygen therapy
                  – Nebulization therapy
                  – Blood gas values
                  – Pulse oximetry
          * Pain management
          * Blood and plasma transfusion
          * IV fluids
          * Cardiovascular monitoring
          * Nutritional support

Because our doctors participate in rounds twice a day, they are able to collaborate regarding the urgent care of our hospitalized patients.

Communication between you and our staff is very important during your pet’s ICU stay. Our veterinarians provide you with daily updates, and our doctor’s assistants can help answer any questions that come up so that you can fully understand the care that is being provided to your pet. Additionally, in many cases, you are encouraged to schedule visits with your pet in the ICU.

Emergency surgery is available around the clock. We treat many emergency surgical conditions, such as:

          * Gastric-Dilation-Volvulus (GDV)
          * Foreign body removal
          * Splenectomy
          * Tracheostomy (airway access)
          * Pyometra
          * Cesarean sections
          * Wound management
          * Bite wound repair
          * Abscesses
          * Urinary surgery

Video endoscopy is also available for other procedures. This is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a doctor to look inside body cavities for disease or obstructions. This is particularly useful when a pet has a rawhide, bone, or toy lodged in the esophagus (the food tube) or stomach. Video endoscopy enables us to see inside the esophagus and, in certain cases, retrieve the object with the endoscope without having to resort to surgery. In other cases, we will be better able to judge whether the object will pass through the animal’s system, again avoiding surgery.

Advanced, multi-parameter monitoring is available in our ICU. This includes electrocardiography (EKG), blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and blood gas evaluations.

Our in-house laboratory also gives our staff the capability to obtain timely and critical information about your pet’s illness. This includes:

          * Complete blood counts
          * Complete chemistry and electrolyte profiles
          * Urinalysis
          * Coagulation
          * Blood gas chemistries

In addition, on-site access to digital radiology, ultrasound exams and CT scans, further adds to our ability to make critical diagnoses and start appropriate treatment. Radiographic interpretation by board-certified veterinary radiologists is available 24 hours a day.

Along with expert medical attention, our patients receive all of the tender loving care they deserve every minute they are in our ICU. Patients recover from anesthesia in the ICU to ensure their comfortable and monitored recovery. Our knowledgeable, dedicated doctors and nurses will go the extra mile to provide your pet with the special care he or she needs.