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Critical Care

Specialized Support and 24-Hour Monitoring for Critical Patients

Due to the serious nature of the trauma or illness, sometimes a dog or cat brought to Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies for a pet emergency or to see a veterinary specialist may require intensive care. Similar to a human ICU, Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies is equipped to provide 24/7/365 care for critically ill or injured pets or pets needing more specialized monitoring following a surgery or procedure.


Some conditions that may require support in our specialized ICU include:

  • Organ dysfunction, especially if multiple organs or involved
  • Advanced complications from pet diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Endocrine or metabolic disorders
  • Brain or neurological traumas or disorders
  • Respiratory illness
  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders
  • Complications from anesthesia
  • Other trauma or serious injury such as a pet hit by a car

Specialized facilities and care available at our animal hospital to treat your critically ill pet:

  • Monitoring 24/7/365, including EKG, direct blood pressure, central venous pressure, and blood sugar monitoring
  • Pain management
  • Oxygen support
  • Blood product administration
  • Chest tube placement and maintenance
  • Central/long line catheterization
  • Advanced fluid therapy and intravenous catheters
  • Urinary catheters and collection systems
  • Feeding tube placement and maintenance

How do I know if my pet needs Critical Care?

If you seek care for a pet at Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies, you can rest assured that we offer one of the most specialized and state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals in Castle Rock. After examination of your pet by an ER doctor or veterinary specialist in internal medicine, surgery, or cardiology, we may recommend that hospitalization in our critical care unit may provide the best possible outcome for your pet.  We will work with you, as well as your family vet, to determine the most appropriate care options.


Call 303.660.1027 for immediate emergency assistance 24/7/365 Or to book an appointment with A member of our team