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Why Would A Pet Require Veterinary Critical Care?

   |  November 4, 2020

In human medicine, what do you think of when it comes to Intensive Care Units? When most people consider an ICU or critical care, they likely think of life-threatening medical scenarios where a patient is given life support and monitored closely in a special unit. In fact, the same is true for our pet patients.

Why Would A Pet Require Veterinary Critical Care?

There are several situations when a pet might be admitted to an ICU,such as veterinary emergencies, care for elderly animals, postoperative recovery, etc.

Veterinary Emergencies

In the case of an emergency, such as pet poisoning or being injured, it’s likely that the pet will be taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for special treatment. The first step is to stabilize the pet, and then use an array of diagnostic tests, examination, and medical history to diagnose and create a treatment plan.

Care for Elderly Animals

Geriatric pets can develop many of the same problems seen in older people, such as cancer, heart disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, joint or bone disease, senility, weakness, and etc. The overall condition of sick senior pet is very poor, which means they need better care for ongoing observation, treatment, and around-the-clock care.

Postoperative Recovery

After complicated surgery or with high risk of complications after surgery, many pets will also stay in an ICU for postoperative recovery thus to recover faster (e.g., those pets with serious illnesses, senior pets, or very young pets).

What Kind of Care can Pet ICU Provide?

An intensive care unit is a specialized and separate unit within an animal hospital that is outfitted with life-supporting technology and equipment. Because pets in an ICU are extremely ill or recovering from trauma or surgery, it’s vital that they be kept away from other animals in a sterile, quiet, temperature-controlled environment.

Advanced monitoring and therapy could include:

  • Blood pressure and blood flow monitoring
  • IV fluid therapy
  • Medication to assist with circulation
  • Ventilation support
  • Nutritional support
  • Pain control


Advances in veterinary intensive care have made it possible to treat critical illnesses or trauma patients who had previously led to very poor results. One aspect is the development of devices, such as veterinary ICU incubator.

R-CU500pro Smart Animal ICU--- designed to provide the best medical care conditions for animals

Veterinary professionals can optimize the R-CU500pro Smart Animal ICU for temperature, humidity, oxygen delivery and more.

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