Pet Emergency & Critical Care Specialists, All Day Every Day

Emergency and Critical Care The Emergency and Critical Care Department of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital uses technology and advanced skills to monitor, diagnose, and treat pets with acute or chronic illness. The most severe and life-threatening emergencies are managed in our critical care unit. Our emergency and critical care specialists work closely with other departments to provide the finest patient care and treatment.

Special Announcement

We are proud to announce that RBVH in Tinton Falls has recently been designated as one of 18 ACVECC-Verified Veterinary Trauma Centers (VTC) worldwide. ACVECC stands for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is the governing board for emergency and critical care specialists. Along with the Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT), the College (ACVECC) establishes veterinary trauma center accreditation. As a VTC, we provide state-of-the art services for your pet. We have been recognized by these organizations for our commitment to the management of every aspect of the small animal trauma patient from emergency stabilization through advanced diagnostics, definitive medical care, surgical care, and rehabilitation. This includes the availability of board-certified specialists and cutting-edge diagnostic equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Highly Skilled & Concerned Staff

We understand your fears when a beloved pet is in critical condition. Our emergency teams are highly skilled in assessing and treating pets that become ill or experience life-threatening emergencies. When your family veterinarian is unavailable, we are fully staffed and available 24 hours a day, every day.

Common emergencies include being hit by a car, falling from heights, profuse vomiting or diarrhea, difficulty breathing, seizures, and toxin ingestion. While some patients can be treated and released the same day, many must be admitted for further stabilization. Patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries are admitted to our critical care unit for close monitoring and advanced life-support measures.

24-Hour Emergency Service

If your pet is sick or injured and you need guidance, contact us day or night at (732) 747-3636(732) 747-3636. Our experienced triage nurses assess the situation and determine whether your pet needs to be seen by our emergency staff.

Doctors and technicians are on-site around the clock, providing therapies, advanced monitoring, and diagnostic tools, including:

24-hour fluid therapy

Intravenous fluids provided to patients to restore blood volume and rehydrate patients after fluid losses associated with bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, burns, and various other conditions.

Diagnostic imaging and analysis

Diagnostic imaging, like bloodwork, is often necessary to help us identify abnormalities and differentiate among potential causes for various illnesses.

Blood/blood component transfusion therapy

Transfusions of specific blood products (cells, protein, clotting factors, platelets) to replace whichever component is lacking, limiting the risk of transfusion-related complications.

Blood gas, coagulation, complete blood count, and chemistry

Evaluation of bloodwork for disease-specific changes allowing us to monitor progress and tailor therapy to the individual patient.

Capnography

Evaluation of a patient’s ability to move air through the respiratory tract.

Cardiac resuscitation, defibrillation, and post-resuscitation care

CPCR (CPR) for patients who pass away and aftercare for them if they are successfully recovered. These patients usually require extensive monitoring and care for the first 48+ hours after such events.

Continuous EKG

Monitoring of patients’ heart rhythms to evaluate for irregularities and provide specific treatments according to changes that are seen.

Continuous pleural suction

Removal of fluid or air from around the lungs after trauma or due to an underlying disease.

CVP and BP monitoring

Evaluation of cardiovascular status and fluid therapy to tailor treatment to the patient more precisely.

Enteral and parenteral nutrition

Evaluation of cardiovascular status and fluid therapy to tailor treatment to the patient more precisely.

Long-term ventilation therapy

Oxygen therapy

Supplemental oxygen is required by some patients with disease in their lungs (pneumonia, congestive heart failure, injury after trauma) to help them adequately oxygenate their blood and tissues.

Pain management

It can be difficult to interpret an animal’s behavior and evaluate their level of comfort. Our doctors and technicians are trained to identify subtle cues from our patients so that an appropriate pain management protocol can be implemented and tailored to our patients’ needs.

Tonometry

Measurement of pressures within the eye. This diagnostic is most often performed on patients with glaucoma.

Life Support Options

When faced with a painful decision, we help you decide which life-saving measures to offer your pet. There are various levels of resuscitation efforts, from minimal to extensive. These efforts depend on your pet’s medical condition, your personal wishes, and financial considerations. We advise you of the options, so you can make appropriate decisions. If your pet requires hospitalization, you may be asked to select a life support option.

Board-Certified Veterinary Criticalists

Board-certified veterinary criticalists focus on current techniques for diagnosing and treating life-threatening conditions in an emergency and for the critical time while pets are recovering. In addition to undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, board-certified criticalists complete an internship and residency, an additional three to five years of training. This is followed by a rigorous examination from the American College of Emergency & Critical Care. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of the American College of Emergency & Critical Care (DACVECC).

Board-certified criticalists work together with primary care veterinarians, emergency doctors, and other specialists. They diagnose, stabilize, and manage pets experiencing a medical crisis.