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Critical Care Unit

​Our Critical Care Unit team consists of highly-trained DVMs, boarded criticalists, and veterinary nurses - many board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care.

With our team-centered approach, you can be sure your pet will benefit from many eyes and ears with a great amount of collective knowledge and expertise, all dedicated to providing the best care possible for your animal 24/7. We collaborate with all other hospital services to create and carry out optimal treatment plans for each animal. We customize our care to meet individual patients' needs (e.g. hand feeding and one-on-one attention when necessary).

How Can I Receive Updates About My Pet in Critical Care?

​Our critical care patients generally come to us by admission through other sections of the hospital (e.g., Internal Medicine, Oncology, Soft-Tissue Surgery, and Neurology). Communication about the status and treatment of your pet will come through your primary service veterinarian, not the critical care staff.
You are welcome to visit your pet during their stay with Critical Care by setting up a time with your primary service veterinarian in accordance with our Visit Guidelines.
 

 Critical Care Unit

 

Available 24 hours a day, every day

Similar to an intensive care unit for humans, we provide 24-hour care for critically ill, injured, and postoperative animals.

 

 Diseases and Conditions We Manage

 
The types of conditions our Critical Care Unit manages range from simple observation to intensive monitoring and management:
  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Renal disease
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Liver disorders
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Heart disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Dialysis
  • Cardio bypass recovery

Critical Care Resources

You may be surprised to see many of the same procedures and equipment here that you'd see in a human hospital:
  • Intravenous catheters and fluid therapy
  • Urinary catheters and collection systems
  • Pain management 
  • Feeding tubes 
  • Oxygen delivery systems and cages 
  • Chest tubes and continuous suction systems
  • Multiparameter monitoring for EKG, arrhythmias and blood pressure
  • Ventilators
  • Hemodialysis/continuous renal replacement/plasmapheresis
  • Defibrillator

Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

Phone:
(970) 297-5000

Fax:
(970) 297-1205

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Emergency Call Ahead:
(970) 297-5000