Critical Care

Pet Emergency & Critical Care Specialists, All Day Every Day

Emergency & Critical Care The Emergency & Critical Care Department of Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals uses technology and advanced skills to monitor, diagnose, and treat pets with acute or chronic illness. The most severe and life-threatening emergencies are managed in our critical care unit. Our emergency & critical care specialists work closely with other departments to provide the finest patient care and treatment.

Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals in Tinton Falls is designated a VetCOT Trauma Center and a Level 2 VECCS certified facility.


Highly Skilled & Concerned Staff

We understand your fears when a beloved pet is in critical condition. Our emergency teams are 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.

Common emergencies include being hit by a car, falling from heights, profuse vomiting or diarrhea, difficulty breathing, seizures, and toxin ingestion. While some patients can be treated and released the same day, many must be admitted for further stabilization. Patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries are admitted to our critical care unit for close monitoring and advanced life-support measures.

24-Hour Emergency Service

If your pet is sick or injured and you need guidance, contact us day or night at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals location closest to you. Our experienced triage nurses assess the situation and determine whether your pet needs to be seen by our emergency staff.

Emergency Medicine

Services we provide

Doctors and technicians are on-site around the clock, providing therapies, advanced monitoring, and diagnostic tools, including:

Intravenous fluids provided to patients to restore blood volume and rehydrate patients after fluid losses associated with bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, burns, and various other conditions.

Diagnostic imaging, like bloodwork, is often necessary to help us identify abnormalities and differentiate among potential causes for various illnesses.

Transfusions of specific blood products (cells, protein, clotting factors, platelets) to replace whichever component is lacking, limiting the risk of transfusion-related complications.

Evaluation of bloodwork for disease-specific changes allowing us to monitor progress and tailor therapy to the individual patient.

Evaluation of a patient’s ability to move air through the respiratory tract.

CPCR (CPR) for patients who pass away and aftercare for them if they are successfully recovered. These patients usually require extensive monitoring and care for the first 48+ hours after such events.

Monitoring of patients’ heart rhythms to evaluate for irregularities and provide specific treatments according to changes that are seen.

Removal of fluid or air from around the lungs after trauma or due to an underlying disease.

Evaluation of cardiovascular status and fluid therapy to tailor treatment to the patient more precisely.

Evaluation of cardiovascular status and fluid therapy to tailor treatment to the patient more precisely.

Patients who are affected by diseases that prevent their ability to breathe normally can require respiratory support in the form of mechanical ventilation. This helps the patients to breathe by assisting the delivery of oxygen therapy into the lungs that can be titrated to meet the needs of the patient. This is used for patients suffering from diseases where the body needs oxygen support greater than can be provided by traditional oxygen therapy. These include diseases such as severe pneumonia, heart failure, pulmonary contusions (typically following trauma) or acute respiratory distress syndrome. Other patients who may require ventilatory support include those that are unable to breathe on their own, including diseases of the nervous system and ingestion of toxins that impair the muscles of breathing. Patients can require ventilatory support for a length of time ranging from hours to days, while the patient's underlying disease is treated and they recover enough to be able to breathe on their own.

Supplemental oxygen is required by some patients with disease in their lungs (pneumonia, congestive heart failure, injury after trauma) to help them adequately oxygenate their blood and tissues.

It can be difficult to interpret an animal’s behavior and evaluate their level of comfort. Our doctors and technicians are trained to identify subtle cues from our patients so that an appropriate pain management protocol can be implemented and tailored to our patients’ needs.

Measurement of pressures within the eye. This diagnostic is most often performed on patients with glaucoma.

When faced with a painful decision, we help you decide which life-saving measures to offer your pet. There are various levels of resuscitation efforts, from minimal to extensive. These efforts depend on your pet’s medical condition, your personal wishes, and financial considerations. We advise you of the options, so you can make appropriate decisions. If your pet requires hospitalization, you may be asked to select a life support option.



Board certified veterinary criticalists focus on current techniques for diagnosing and treating life-threatening conditions in an emergency and for the critical time while pets are recovering. In addition to undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, board certified criticalists complete an internship and residency, an additional three to five years of training. This is followed by a rigorous examination from the American College of Emergency & Critical Care. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of the American College of Emergency & Critical Care (DACVECC).

Board certified criticalists work together with primary care veterinarians, emergency doctors, and other specialists. They diagnose, stabilize, and manage pets experiencing a medical crisis.

Meet our Critical Care Team