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As loving pet owners, we know there is nothing scarier than when your pet requires immediate, urgent care. That's why when an emergency strikes your pet, the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwestern Austin is available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our North 183 location now provides specialized 24-hour Intensive Care for seriously ill patients. In south Austin, after hours veterinarian services are available on nights (6pm to 7am), and we are open 24-hours on weekends and all holidays. No appointment necessary.
Our two emergency animal hospital locations provide all the same urgent care services. We provide emergency medical services, surgical procedures, continual critical-care monitoring, over-night post-surgical or post-anesthetic monitoring for complications, and immediate diagnostic testing to facilitate treatment.
While our veterinary hospital policy is to assist pets on a first come, first serve basis, we do use a triage system for prioritizing urgent medical attention. No appointment is ever necessary for service at our emergency vet clinic. We're sorry, but we do not provide vaccinations or perform routine veterinary health care. If your pet needs an annual check-up or routine vaccination, we invite you to visit one of the many Austin veterinary practices. The south Emergency Animal Hospital is strictly an after hours veterinary hospital for emergencies, urgent and critical care. The North 183 hospital has the additional ICU care, 24-hours a day.
Ultrasound: These scans, also known as sonograms, use high frequency sound waves to form images of your pet's body. These images are displayed in real time, allowing our after hours veterinarian to not only see your pet's internal organs, but also observe the heart beating and blood flowing. Ultrasound helps us determine why your pet is exhibiting certain symptoms (for example, your dog may be vomiting due to an ingested object). Once we confirm the exact cause of your pet's symptoms, then we can proceed with treatment.
Radiology: Radiology is an important, non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure. Images including x-rays, MRIs and CAT scans can all be used to help diagnose your dogs symptoms or cat symptoms. Radiology tests may be used to look at the heart, broken bones, or identify an intestinal foreign body that your pet ingested. Both of our hospitals are equipped with digital radiology.
Endoscopy: Endoscopy utilizes a flexible scope to allow visualization of parts of the gastrointestional tract (esophagus, stomach, first part of the small intestine and colon) respiratiory system (trachea and main stem bronchi) and the urinary bladder in some dogs. Biopsy samples can be obtained to aid in diagnosis. Some foreign bodies can be removed using this minimally invasive procedure.
Complete in-house laboratory: Our state-of-the-art, in-house laboratory allows for immediate and complete laboratory testing. This includes a complete blood count, blood chemistries and coagulation. A blood chemistry panel, for example, measures your pet's electrolyte levels, enzymes and chemical elements. These test results will help our veterinarians determine how your pets organs are functioning. Lab tests also provide a 'baseline' for future testing, so your veterinarian can compare test results and determine whether your pet's condition is improving or requires further treatment.
Monitoring: Our veterinary hospital monitors your pet's vital signs with EKG, pulse oximetry, capnograpy, non-invasive blood pressure, invasive blood pressure, central venous pressure and EKG telemetry.
Oxygen therapy: If your cat symptoms or dogs symptoms indicate respiratory shock or distress, or your pet has fluid in the lungs or chest cavity, we provide emergency oxygen therapy. A high concentration of oxygen makes it easier for your pet to breathe comfortably and get the oxygen he or she needs for vital organs.
Transfusion therapy: If your pet has lost a life-threatening amount of blood, our animal hospital offers emergency transfusion therapy. Trauma like a car accident or serious wounds can result in substantial blood loss that may lead to death. We also provide blood transfusions for pets struggling with cancer, liver disease and kidney disease. Transfusions are administered intravenously. If you do not know your pet's blood type, ask your veterinarian to test it doing a routine exam.
Soft tissue emergency surgery: Our emergency animal hospital routinely performs soft tissue emergency surgery. An after hours veterinarian can repair laceration, bite wounds and abscesses. We can also assist with tumor removals, biopsies, the removal of a foreign body from the intestine or stomach, GDV "bloat" surgery, splenectomy and trauma surgery.