Why Emergency Veterinary Medicine?

Why Emergency Veterinary Medicine?

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Emergency Veterinary Medicine:  Pictured above, X-ray of a feline patient who swallowed a needle.

Veterinarians that work in an emergency veterinary hospital see a variety of patients. These patients include critically ill or badly injured animals who require immediate care; as well as, patients who require special medical attention but do not need immediate life saving care. Often, it is the responsibility of a veterinary technician to sort or “triage” these cases into two groups: patients who need to be taken to the hospital’s treatment area prior to the owner completing the check in process, and patients who are stable and can wait with their owners while they complete the check in process. The patients who are triaged to the back examining area can be further subdivided: patients who need immediate life saving care and patients who are stable, but are injured. These patients may be bleeding, require monitoring and/or bandaging.

The patients who do not need immediate treatment will be checked in by a veterinary technician who will make an initial assessment, take the weight, vitals (temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, mucous membrane color, hydration status), and a full patient history including the presenting complaint. From there, the vet technician will report the case to the attending emergency veterinarian, who will treat the patient. We see patients with a wide variety of complaints, including but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, lethargy, weakness, limping, pain, eye problems, and painful ear infections. After the doctor has evaluated the patient, each patient will receive its own specialized list of diagnostics (if needed) and treatment plan.

Treatment plans vary for each patient. Plans can be as simple as outpatient treatments (cleaning and bandaging wounds, injections of medications, topical therapies), a written prescription for oral medications, or instructions for at-home care. Courses of treatment can also be very complex. Some patients require multiple days of monitoring, hospital care with injectable IV medications, and a number of assorted treatments. Some patients even require around-the-clock nursing and critical care.

In an animal emergency hospital, checking in, triaging, bandaging, performing diagnostics, and treating patients often happens quickly and sometimes simultaneously. This requires a group of well trained, compassionate, and resilient veterinary staff members to provide an excellent standard of care while keeping everything organized, and ensure that each patient is getting the care it needs. The staff at AnimERge is well versed in the art of providing professional, personalized care to meet the needs of its patients and clients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Article by Kasia Ruggiero, Spring 2016.  For updates from our techs and vets, visit our Facebook page.

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Be Prepared Before a Pet Emergency Happens

Before an EmERgency Happens

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At Animerge, we pride ourselves on always being here when your pet needs us—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for the past twenty-six years!  However, as a seasoned emergency practice, we strongly recommend all pet owners are prepared in case their pet needs our emergency services.  When it comes to pet emergencies, being prepared can save precious minutes that can help save your pet’s life.

Ways to Prepare

The best time to plan for a pet emergency is before you have one!  Consider these four tips to help make an emergency situation a little less stressful for you and your pet.

  1. Make Your Phone Smart!

Add our phone number and address to your phone’s contact list now.  That way, in an emergency, you will not waste precious minutes having to search for it online.  By saving our address, you will be able to get directions on your cellular device by clicking the address saved with the contact information–instantly–to get you here no matter where you are.

Here is all the information you will need to add:

Name: Animerge

Phone Number: (908) 300-5050

Address: 21 Route 206, Raritan, NJ 08869

If possible, it is always best to call ahead so our staff can best accommodate you and can give priority to any life-threatening situation.

  1. Know the Way

If you have never been to Animerge before, take a moment to watch the quick video on our “Contact Us” page.  This video will show you how to get to Animerge from the Somerville Circle.

  1. Prepare Your Pet Carrier

Inspect your pet carrier or pet vehicle restraints.  Make sure they are in good

working condition.  If using a carrier, place a clean towel into a plastic bag (to keep it clean until needed) for quick use in case you need to leave quickly.

  1. Copy Your Pet’s Vet Records

Keep a recent copy of your pet’s vaccination records in an envelope with your pet carrier, in your car’s glove compartment, or take a picture of them with your phone and save the picture to your email, Google Drive, or Cloud.  Be sure to update these copies annually.  Having these records on-hand can save time and money avoiding duplicate vaccinations or blood tests.

  1. Apply for Care Credit

In an emergency situation, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is finance.  Consider applying for Care Credit now to help finance unforeseen emergency charges.

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