Pet ER Offers Similar Services To Those Offered To Humans


UPDATED: Monday July 22, 2013 11:01 PM

They’re in pain, but they can’t speak. They communicate with only soft cries.

At MedVet in Worthington – the animal emergency room – medical specialists are staffed 24 hours a day to help animals in need.

“To find all of these specialties under one roof, that’s what makes it a very unique environment,” said Dr. Brian Jefferson, the head emergency room doctor at MedVet.

Recently, a dog named Ally visited Jefferson.

“She effectively has an issue with her balance, vertigo, her center of balance is off, so her body thinks it’s moving and it’s not,” he said.

Jefferson said that Ally could be having a reaction to something minor or as serious as a stroke or tumor.

Aside from the ER cases, MedVet offers exactly what you would find inside of a human hospital.

The facility, located on East Wilson Bridge Road, offers an intensive care unit and even an oxygen unit that controls the temperature, humidity and amount of oxygen that is released to the animals. It works like an incubator.

There is even an isolation ward, which prevents the spread of contagious diseases like parvovirus or kennel cough.

“The technicians have to wear gloves, they have to wear gowns and booties every time they interact with these patients, and each time they interact, they have to put on a new set,” Jefferson said.

Some cases require the full array of services to treat a pet in imminent danger, where minutes can make a difference in the outcome.

“We get the worst of the worst here,” Jefferson said.

A few weeks ago, a pack of dogs attacked Sammy, injuring him from the top of his head to the tip of his tale.

His owners traveled all the way from West Virginia to MedVet’s Emergency Room.

“My honest reaction was, ‘Oh no, I don’t know if we’re going to be able to save him or not,’” said Dr. Jennifer Nielsen.

Sammy’s case provided diagnostic challenges to even the most seasoned ER specialists.

“There was mud, there was grass, there was everything deep up inside the wounds. There was gravel. I was concerned the tissue was going to be able to survive this or not,” Nielsen said.

Thanks to the sophisticated team and treatment he received, Sammy did survive and the prognosis is excellent.

“This is the kind of case that requires a very committed owner, and thankfully, we have quite a bit of those committed owners, and it’s just amazing the things we can do when we’re allowed to do them,” Nielsen said.

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