Denton County Animal E.R. Critical Care

denton county animal erDenton County Animal ER offers emergency critical care for the most serious of emergency cases. This care may include stabilization by placing intravenous catheters, administering IV fluids, pain medications, oxygen therapy and sometimes blood or plasma transfusions.

Our in-house laboratory provides results quickly, offering valuable diagnostic information to help guide us in the care of your pet. It also allows for monitoring of any changes that may occur during your pet's stay at our hospital so that we can make immediate adjustments to the treatment plan for your pet as indicated.

Digital radiography and ultrasound services provide additional quick diagnostic options that are essential in an emergency setting. Should your pet need surgical care, we are prepared with state-of-the-art surgical equipment, advanced patient monitoring systems, warming agents, and we follow the latest anesthesia and pain medication guidelines.

Oxygen Therapy

Trauma cases are very common at Denton County Animal ER and oxygen therapy is essential in the stabilization of these types of patients, along with IV fluids and pain management.  We have multiple Snyder ICU units available for all patient sizes as well as several neonatal ICU units to treat our very young and tiny patients who present in a critical condition.  These units provide a controlled level of oxygen, temperature and humidity for the patient while it is being stabilized.  We also utilize nasal O2 delivery and we have the ability to transport cases that require oxygen if a patient is needing a referral to a specialist or transport to your primary veterinarian.

Infectious Disease Management & Treatment

Denton County Animal ER has extensive experience in handling animals with infectious diseases such as Canine Parvovirus and many common upper respiratory diseases seen in our local shelters.  Due to the extremely large volume of these types of cases, we have dedicated a section of our hospital to the assessment, treatment and hospitalization of these patients to help reduce the possibility of exposure to other patients.  In addition to using strict infectious disease protocols, we offer three separate examination rooms that are dedicated to any potentially infectious patient.  Once an infectious animal has been diagnosed, it will no longer enter any other area of the hospital other than our Isolation Rooms or Outpatient Contagious Treatment Room without being transported via a plexiglass enclosed mobile cart.   We also have several Isolation Rooms in order to treat various types of upper respiratory infectious diseases without exposing those patients to other upper respiratory patients with a different disease or parvovirus patients.  Each room has easy access to oxygen therapy for support and nebulization.

Transfusion Therapy

Blood transfusion therapy comes in many forms and is used quite often in the emergency care setting as a life-saving form of treatment.  Currently, we carry canine packed red blood cells, cryoprecipitate, canine albumin (when available) as well as both frozen plasma and fresh frozen plasma units.  Depending upon availability, feline whole blood, frozen plasma and fresh frozen plasma is also available should a patient require it.  Blood transfusions may be necessary if your pet has suffered a trauma with significant blood loss (such as being hit by a car, ruptured an abdominal mass causing bleeding into the abdomen, anemia from flea or tick infestation, anemia from chronic conditions such as kidney disease or if they have an auto-immune disease where the body destroys its own red blood cells, as with Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) patients). A plasma transfusion may be necessary if your pet is unable to clot their blood and/or they are losing a significant amount of protein (this can occur from rodenticide ingestion, parvovirus, heat stroke, etc…).  Prior to any blood transfusion, all patients are blood-typed and cross-matched as well as closely observed for any possible transfusion reactions. 

Toxic Exposure

If you suspect your pet has ingested a chemical or other potentially harmful substance it is important that you contact a veterinarian immediately or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.  Depending on the toxin, amount ingested, current laboratory values and the time frame involved, an appropriate treatment plan will be recommended for your pet.  Treatment may include inducing vomiting, decontamination, administering intravenous fluids and medication, and providing an antidote when available.  ALWAYS bring the container for toxin identification if possible.  Our hospital offers specific diagnostic testing for rodenticide toxicity, ethylene glycol (antifreeze) poisoning and organophosphate exposure.  We carry the antidote for ethylene glycol and organophosphate toxicity as well as plasma products and medications to treat rodenticide toxicity. 

Snakebite Treatment

Poisonous snakes are common to Texas and we see our fair share of snakebite here at in Denton.  If your pet has been bitten by a poisonous snake, please bring the pet in immediately so that we can begin assessment and treatment rapidly.  Snakebites to the mouth, tongue and muzzle are especially concerning.  We do carry antivenin (when available) to treat snakebites such as those from copperheads, water moccasins, rattlesnakes, etc… if indicated.