Veterinary Intensive Care Unit
Patients in recovery or requiring additional support or monitoring are placed in the intensive care unit of Bay State Veterinary Emergency Services. Pets hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) are given 24-hour monitoring and personalized care.
Advanced Monitoring and Supportive Technology
The ICU of BSVES is equipped with monitoring and supportive technology, including:
- Digitally controlled intravenous fluid pumps
- EKG continuous monitoring with remote telemetry
- Blood pressure monitors
- Pulse oximetry
- 24-hour access to rapid diagnostic testing through our in-house laboratory
- 24-hour access to diagnostic imaging (X-rays and ultrasound)
- Oxygen therapy
- Oxygen cages
- Nasal oxygen therapy
- Mechanical ventilation
- In-house blood bank (see information below)
Exceptional Nursing Care
The caring staff of BSVES is the most valuable part of our intensive care unit. Specially trained in advanced therapeutics and critical patient monitoring, our veterinary technicians have the skills that allow them to administer life-supporting treatments to patients. They continually provide for patient comfort and give tender loving care to each pet.
Our veterinary technicians alert the doctors of any problems that may develop and monitor for signs of discomfort that would warrant an adjustment to the patient’s pain management protocol. They remain with the patients 24 hours a day and provide support to families worried about their ailing pets through phone updates and during patient visits.
In-House Blood Bank
Similar to human hospitals, a veterinary emergency hospital has a constant need for blood products for the treatment of life-threatening blood loss or anemia in animals. The need for blood products is sporadic and unpredictable, and because dogs can only receive dog blood, and cats can only receive cat blood, being prepared for a blood loss emergency can be challenging. At BSVES, we maintain a supply of canine and feline blood products. When necessary, we have access to a larger supply at our sister hospital, OSVS, where there is an active blood donation center for dogs. We also keep two very spoiled cats on premises as blood donors.
Some of the most common reasons a dog requires a red blood cell transfusion include:
- Ruptured spleen or liver
- Trauma with blood loss
- Blood loss due to cancer
- Immune-mediated diseases
- Bone marrow diseases
Pets can also require plasma for reasons including:
- Coagulopathies (bleeding disorders) due to rat poison ingestion
- Liver failure
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Kidney disease
- Some hemophilias
Dog owners interested in participating in the blood donation process can do so through our sister hospital, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists. More information can be found in our blood bank brochure.