Emergency Vet Services

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Address: 6515 West IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78201

 

Emergencies 24/7

At Becker Animal Hospital, our mission is to provide the best possible care for your pet.

  • There are no extra fees after-hours.
  • You pay the same exam fee day or night.
  • Fully equipped emergency clinic.
  • Veterinarians on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Emergency Vet Exam: Emergencies and critically ill patients can be examined immediately by the doctor in our treatment area, where they can be stabilized and evaluated.

Common Emergency Causes: Hit by a car, Dog Fights, Extreme Vomiting, Diarrhea, Acute Viral Infections.  When your pet is in trouble you need a veterinarian who is available and can immediately stabilize and treat your pet.  Our fully equipped facility offers the services and the equipment to treat your pet and  to give them the best care available.

State-of-the-art Equipment: Our Idexx Laboratory equipment is from the industry leader, and offers us the capability of running a wide-ranging set of tests for the body’s organs and blood cell counts on location in our hospital, even while you wait.

Blood Chemistry Analyzer, Blood Cell Counter & Snap Test Diagnostic Reader: Our blood chemistry analyzer will evaluate the status of your pet’s internal organs, and can quickly detect problems with the kidneys, liver, pancreas and blood sugar for diabetes, as well as many of the other organ functions within the body. Our blood cell counter will quickly and accurately measure the amounts of the white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Our Snap Test Diagnostic Reader will quickly read and analyze the results of Thyroid Tests, as well as the tests of Canine Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis, as well as Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS viruses, and Feline Heartworms. We can run these tests – and many others – right in the hospital, and in usually less than 30 minutes can have the complete results from our blood chemistry analyzer and our blood cell counter.

Stabilizing Your Pet: Oxygen Cage: Getting your pet into one of our six available oxygen cages allows us to get your pet a high oxygen intake without a mask. The increased oxygen helps the pet to deal with the trauma or illness and will increase its chance of survival.

IV Pumps: We use more than 30 pump-driven IVs to ensure a perfectly timed flow of vital fluids to your pet as part of our 24-hour emergency treatment.

IV Catheter: An IV catheter is placed in the large vein of the foreleg to provide direct access into the circulatory system of the patient. This allows us to administer fluids for hydration, intravenous antibiotics, , medication for nausea and medications for many other conditions.

Emergency Veterinarian Treatment with IV Fluids

IV Fluids: We have different fluids to address different medical conditions. A small sick puppy would receive fluids with 5% glucose for energy, whereas a kitty with a blocked bladder would receive sodium chloride fluids which has no potassium, as the kitty’s body potassium would be very high due to its condition.

Emergency Vet Treatment with Blood Transfusion

Blood Transfusions and Fluid Expanders: Blood transfusions are critical in many cases to maintain oxygen support for the body. Plasma provides blood proteins and intrinsic factors that are very beneficial in many critically ill or injured patients.

Fluid volume expanders, such as Hetastarch, are often vital to maintain blood pressure and oxygen perfusion throughout the body.

IV fluid warmer for Emergency Veterinarian treatment of pets

IV Fluid Warmers: Warm fluids into your pets body can markedly enhance it’s survival in emergency situations, as a low body temperature is a hallmark of a body in shock.

The normal body temperature of dogs and cats is 101-103 F; with a normal temperature higher than humans’, it is very important that the pet’s body temperature be maintained with warm fluids, as they are more prone to having their body temperature drop.

Emergency Vet Clinic Surgery Room

Surgery: We have two fully equipped surgery suites with Isoflorane anesthesia, oxygen, and monitoring equipment to evaluate your pet’s condition while under anesthesia. When you come to our emergency room we will admit your pet on the spot and perform diagnostics and treatment  to ensure the most effective results toward recovery.

ECG Used for Emergency Vet Services

Radiology: We also use digital whole-body and digital dental X-rays and ultrasound to diagnose problems with your pet. Our digital x-ray equipment allows us to rapidly get the imaging we need with multiple computerized adjustments to enhance the viewing of everything from soft tissue organs to the bony skeletal structure. Where a very detailed analysis is needed, we are able transmit the original radiographic image to one of several board certified radiography groups around the country that will provide us with a complete analysis of your pets images within four hours.

Laboratory and Pharmacy: We have a full-service in-house lab with an extensive pharmacy to diagnostically service your pet on an immediate basis, and  have on hand a wide range of medications that may be needed to stabilize and treat your pet. We have a Idexx suite of lab equipment including a body chemistry analyzer, complete blood count, electrolytes, blood clotting factors, thyroid, and electrocardiogram for the heart.

ICU Area: We have 15 generously sized stainless steel cages throughout two ICU suites for pets that need 24 hour supervision while recovering from illness or emergency surgery. We also have 6 hospital runs in ICU number 2 for the larger dog who is recuperating. Our Intensive Care Units are staffed 24 hours a day with doctors and veterinary technicians.

Isolation ICU Room: We have a dedicated Intensive Care Isolation Room for pets with infectious diseases who should be kept separate from other pets, but where can still monitor the patient medically.

ICU Thermostat: Our isolation room has a dedicated room-only heating system to ensure that the injured or critically ill patient is kept warm with a higher room temperature than the surrounding rooms, thus ensuring that the patients body temperature is maintained as close as possible to the normal body temperature for dogs and cats of 101-103 F.

Therapeutic Laser: Our hospital is equipped with a therapeutic laser (K laser) which we use for pain control and to stimulate healing after trauma or surgery. We have also found this treatment effective for chronic painful conditions and non-healing wounds, such as chronic back pain and chewing lesions on the paws and legs.

Diagnostic & Treatment Equipment Available in Our Emergency Rooms

Medications Used To Stabilize Pets

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Bone Fracture Repair

Broken bones are a common problem in emergency situations, and often result from being hit by a car. The most common type of broken bone repair is to use a Dynamic Compression Bone Plate. The metal plate is placed on the bone, spanning the fracture site with 2 to 4 screws one each side of the bone plate which hold it to the bone. This type of internal fixation provides proper alignment of the bone and good stability at the fracture site. With good high protein nutrition, vitamins and an 8-12 week period of confinement bone plating will produce very good results in repairing the fracture. Our Emergency Vet Clinic is able set and plate broken bones resulting from pet accidents