There may come a time when your pet becomes severely ill and may require prolonged monitoring and/or treatment. Under such circumstances, we often recommend hospitalization to provide continual supportive care and monitoring for your sick or injured animal. Through hospitalization, we are able to continually monitor your pet’s progress 24 hours a day, as well as assess and respond to any changes in their health status. We are also able to apply treatments which may not be able to be performed at home, such as intravenous administration of fluids or medications, as well as supplemental oxygen in instances where respiratory distress is a concern.
In the case of cardiac patients, we often recommend hospitalization when their cardiac disease has progressed to the point of respiratory distress, or they may require continued monitoring and management of arrhythmias or other cardiovascular disorders. In providing oxygen, we are able to alleviate suffering and provide comfort while medications are administered to attempt to reduce in the inciting cause of respiratory distress. Continuous heart rate monitoring also allows us to evaluate the efficacy of managing arrhythmias which may become life-threatening if left untreated. You can be assured, all care is taken to reduce fear, pain, and anxiety to your pet during its visit in hospital, and all efforts are taken to return them to their home environment as soon as the immediate threat to their well-being is resolved.
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For our patients with respiratory complications, our Snyder Intensive Care Units are able to provide a finely-calibrated, oxygen-enriched environment. Carbon dioxide is continually removed and humidity and temperature can be increased or decreased depending on the patient’s needs. IV ports allow our nurses to administer medication without disturbing the oxygen supplementation. Clear doors allow for continual and unobstructed observation of the patient.
Telemetry is a form of electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring that allows us to monitor cardiac rhythms in hospital. This form of testing is commonly used in the setting of hospitalized patients who either have a suspicion for underlying arrhythmias, or as a monitoring tool to monitor arrhythmic control in patients with known arrhythmias. Telemetry monitoring is non-invasive and only requires small, sticky electrodes applied to the skin overlying the chest wall. A small battery-operated monitoring system is applied with a small vest which most patients tolerate very well. Through telemetry monitoring, we are able to make adjustments to medications for arrhythmias, as well as diagnose arrhythmias in hospital that may not show on shorter ECG tracings.