Critically ill animals, that need close monitoring, are pets that require intensive care.
When a pet receives intensive care at Mason Dixon Animal Emergency Hospital, it is a coordinated effort between our team members - your pet’s assigned veterinary technician and the veterinarians on staff.
Several parameters are evaluated frequently, at times hourly, while your pet is hospitalized. These include body temperature, breathing rate, heart rate and rhythm, glucose (blood sugar) levels, electrolytes, oxygen levels, level of consciousness, blood pressure, urinary output, level of hydration, nutrition and adequate pain control.
Signs of pain include fast heart rate, elevated blood pressure, restlessness and panting, refusing to eat or trying to bite. Proper and safe pain control is vital to healing in our pet patients. We will make sure that your pet receives appropriate and effective pain medication during their stay with us.