As a true emergency and critical care
We're pleased to offer the following services at CPVETS:
As a true emergency and critical care
Throughout any surgical procedures, or cases that requires anesthesia, we constantly monitor a pet’s condition. Our facility is equipped with an ECG, and equipment to monitor end tidal CO2, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and temperature. We also have the capability to mechanically ventilate a patient if necessary. Each anesthetized patient is also monitored by a highly trained veterinary technician in addition to the being overseen by the ever watchful eye of the doctor working the case.
CPVETS houses the diagnostic tools that can literally save an animal’s life. Because we have our own diagnostic center, we receive immediate lab results – results that can often be crucial.
Testing available includes but is not limited to:
• Complete blood counts, chemistry panels and electrolyte monitoring
• Blood coagulation times, urinalysis and other cytologies
• Blood gas evaluation, cortisol levels, ethylene glycol testing
• A variety of tests for infectious disease
Endoscopy is performed with the patient under anesthesia. This is a minimally invasive procedure that allows our veterinarians to see into your pet’s body without performing a more invasive surgical procedure. At CPVETS, our equipment is typically used to examine the upper gastrointestinal tract, take biopsies or retrieve select objects that a pet shouldn’t have, but did, swallow!
Digital radiography has all but replaced the older method of taking x-rays by using film and a developer. Our digital images are ready immediately after they are taken, the images are more precise due to their marked increase in detail. Using this modality also allow us to easily send copies of the images home with owners or send them off to our referring veterinarians or specialists for interpretation.
This imaging modality uses sound waves to allow veterinarians to examine the inside of the body through the outside skin. At CPVETS we typically use our machines to perform a procedure known as FAST – Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma. This technique non-invasively reveals excess abdominal fluid, commonly found in trauma patients. This helps our doctors quickly evaluate the extent of injuries and develop the best treatment plan for a pet.
Our emergency team is highly skilled in assessing and treating pets that become ill or experience life-threatening emergencies. When your family veterinarian is unavailable, we are fully staffed and available 24 hours a day, every day. Our doctors and staff have chosen to focuse our careers solely on emergency medicine so YOU can feel comfortable knowing that WE feel comfortable caring for your pet in their time of need
CPVETS houses its own pharmacy that allows us to provide take home medications for our clients and their pets. We dispense enough medication to treat your pet’s condition until you can follow up with your primary care veterinarian.
Soft Tissue Surgery
As an emergency center, we must be ready to perform surgery day or night, holidays and weekends. If your pet requires surgery, you can feel confident in our surgeons’ skill and experience. Our surgery suite is up to date and fully equipped for whatever cases come our way.
When needed, we can administer blood products, such as whole blood, fresh frozen plasma, and packed red blood cells to your pet. To ensure compatibility between donors and recipients and to reduce reactions, we perform blood typing and cross matching on any pet requiring a transfusion.
CPVETS has a unique relationship with our area’s wildlife rehabilitation facility, Centre Wildlife Care. When their doors are not open for intake of central Pennsylvania’s sick and injured wildlife, CPVETS handles their care until they can be admitted into the care of the rehabilitators.
-Nutritional Support including feeding tube placement and maintenance
-Pain Management including constant rate infusions and local anesthetics
-Tonometry, which is a method of measuring intraocular pressure. Knowing these values can give us valuable insight into the overall health of a patient’s eyes.
Packed red blood cells
Fresh frozen plasma
In House Diagnostics
Complete blood count
Variety of Snap tests
Fecal and blood cytologies
Blood pressure / EKG
Pulse Oximetry / ETCO2
On site pharmacy
No appointment is necessary. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
Emergency & Urgent Care
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty all of the hours that we are open who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care you pet needs. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as rat bait poisoning, hit by car, and cesarean sections. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We are also available for urgent care even when the condition is not life-threatening.
Types of Pets Seen
Because a large number of veterinarians practice at CPVETS, we can care for many types of pets: