Emergency and Critical Care

Gold Coast Center for Veterinary Care is affiliated with a 24/7 veterinary intensive care unit (ICU) and has a board-certified critical care veterinarian to care for your pet in life-threatening situations (emergencies such as a trauma or poisoning) or when your pet is experiencing a serious medical situation that can potentially be treated. Many pets will also stay in an ICU for postoperative recovery if the surgery was complex or when a pet is considered high risk for complications following a surgery (e.g., those with serious illnesses, senior pets, or very young pets). We provide overnight hospitalization for critical patients and access to veterinary emergency care when your regular veterinarian is closed.

The goal of our critical care department is to use all possible treatments to give your pet the best chance of survival. Our critical care team is highly trained to provide stabilization, examination, diagnostic testing, supportive treatment, and around-the-clock care. Our ICU is equipped with the latest life-supporting technology and equipment, a board-certified veterinary critical care specialist and highly skilled technicians trained in the care and treatment of pets with critical conditions.

The Critical Care Services Offered at Gold Coast Center for Veterinary Care Include:

  • Advanced monitoring and therapy
    • Blood pressure and blood flow monitoring
    • IV fluid therapy
    • Medication to assist with circulation
    • Ventilation support
    • Catheterization
    • Nutritional support
  • Pain control
  • Emergency surgery
  • Echocardiography
  • Endoscopy
  • Ultrasonography
  • Electrical defibrillator
  • Complete in–house chemistry laboratory, including complete blood count, blood gas analysis, urinalysis and coagulation analysis
  • Blood pressure monitoring (manometry)
  • Cross–matching and blood transfusion medicine
  • Cardiac monitoring (electrocardiography)
  • Intravenous fluid therapy delivered by hospital-grade infusion pumps
  • Oxygen chambers and nasal oxygen therapy
  • Mechanical ventilator
  • Pulse oximetry monitoring
  • Digital radiology
  • Ultrasonography
  • Nebulization
  • Direct arterial blood gas monitoring
  • End tidal CO2 monitoring
  • Blood and blood products

At Gold Coast Center for Veterinary Care, we are proud to offer the very best veterinary care for critically ill or injured pets, giving them the best chance of recovery.


Veterinary Specialties