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Veterinary Critical Care in Gaithersburg

Veterinary Referral Associates provides critical care to pets suffering from life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Our specialists monitor the health of critically ill pets in our care 24/7 to respond immediately to changes in their condition.

Please Note: A referral from your primary care veterinarian may be required before making a critical care appointment.

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Veterinary Critical Care Services Gaithersburg Veterinarian

Critical Care for Pets

At Veterinary Referral Associates we have a team of highly trained veterinarians and nurses who make up our veterinary critical care department, working to stabilize and treat pets suffering from life-threatening trauma and systemic diseases.

Our point-of-care 24-hour monitoring capabilities include direct and indirect arterial blood pressure, continuous heart rate monitoring, coagulation parameters, blood chemistries, blood gases, lactate, and complete blood counts.

The critical care team regularly uses an ultrasound machine as a diagnostic and monitoring tool as well as an aid for procedures.

Our doctors also have the opportunity to send more specialized diagnostics to a variety of laboratories across the country. These diagnostic tools enable the staff to fine adjust fluid therapies and medication administration to meet individual patient needs.

The blood donation program at our animal hospital makes it possible to treat patients in need of a transfusion due to trauma, immune mediated diseases, coagulopathies, and other illnesses, as we are able to make specific blood products depending on the patient’s needs and call in donors on an emergency basis. 

Our Blood Bank Services

The Animal Critical Care Unit at Veterinary Referral Associates

You can trust that our critical care team will work with the utmost care, attention, and integrity when caring for your pets in their time of need. We are here when your pet needs us most.

While animals are hospitalized in our critical care unit, consultations are available with other specialists throughout the hospital. Daily cage-side rounds provide an environment for repeated case re-evaluation and discussion amongst our team of veterinary experts. Our onsite veterinary specialists provide advanced care in the fields of cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, surgery, anesthesiology, physical rehabilitation and more.

Meet Critical Care Specialist Dr. Justina Bartling     Meet Critical Care Specialist Dr. Trevor Williams     Meet Critical Care Specialist Dr. Polly Glover

Critical Care Cases in Gaithersburg

An animal requires veterinary critical care services when they are experiencing a health issue that demands consistent monitoring, treatment and therapies over an extended period of time - whether that be hours, days or even weeks.

Any health condition that demands extended and complex treatments, drug therapies or 24/7 monitoring will likely fall under the purview of critical care. The following are some examples of health issues that may require the advanced care provided in our ICU:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Sepsis (extreme immune response to infection)
  • Multi-trauma patients (severe physical injuries)
  • Recovery from a major veterinary surgery
  • Venomous snakebite
  • Congestive heart disease

Veterinary Critical Care FAQs

Below are some of the most common questions our Gaithersburg veterinary team is asked about the critical care services at our hospital.

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New Patients Welcome

Veterinary Referral Associates is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Gaithersburg companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

Contact (301) 926-3300