Critical Care

When your pet is seriously ill, injured, or in unstable condition, your family veterinarian may refer you to BluePearl’s critical care service. Critical care specialists provide intensive care for patients whose conditions are life-threatening and require constant monitoring and comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care.

The critical care service is staffed by compassionate, board-certified criticalists who oversee the management of the most seriously ill patients, whether it’s for a few hours or for prolonged periods of time. Often, pets will be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), under the watch of the critical-care team following surgery. Your pet will be kept there until he is alert and no longer under the effects of anesthesia.

Regardless of how long your pet is under the care of the critical care team, your family veterinarian will be kept informed of your pet’s condition.

Because critically ill pets need constant monitoring, BluePearl’s ICU is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year — just like an ICU in a human hospital. The unit is designed for your pet’s comfort and safety and is equipped with sophisticated diagnostic and monitoring technology. This includes life-support equipment; a heated oxygen therapy cage; and equipment that monitors heart rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen levels, electrolytes and blood-sugar levels.

Once stabilized, if your pet requires ongoing care, we may recommend your pet transfer back to the care of your family veterinarian.

Here are some services that may be offered in critical care:

  • Blood pressure support
  • Blood transfusion
  • Continuous vital signs monitoring
  • Dialysis
  • Interventional radiology (tracheal stents, urethral stents)
  • Intravenous fluid therapy
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Nutritional support
  • Oxygen supplementation
  • Pain management and relief

For more information about board-certified critical care specialists, visit the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at