ASEC’S Department of Emergency and Critical Care is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Surgery Department is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Typically, we admit cases in the morning hours, so that diagnostic work, x-rays, or other tests can be performed during the day. Although we routinely schedule surgeries Monday through Friday, the surgeons are able to perform emergency surgery 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Your pet should not receive any food after midnight the night before evaluation, so that the stomach will be empty in case sedation or anesthesia is required for any diagnostic work or surgery.
Many diagnostic procedures (such as CT scans and orthopedic x-rays) require sedation of the patient; these patients are usually able to go home the same afternoon.
Some diagnostic procedures (such as a myelogram) and all surgeries require general anesthesia. These patients will stay overnight so their recovery can be monitored by our overnight I.C.U. doctors. Discharge hours for these patients are between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. the following day.
Digital Radiography with interpretation by the surgeons and I.C.U. doctors on duty, is available 24 hours a day. For elective ultrasonography, helical CT scanning, other imaging studies or imaging-guided biopsy procedures, ASEC’s radiologist, Dr. Reichle, is in the hospital Monday-Friday. Emergency ultrasound examinations may be coordinated through our surgery or emergency departments for an additional fee. Some biopsies and all CT exams require general anesthesia; in some cases, overnight hospitalization may be required.
Drs. Saelinger and Barncord receive cardiology cases 6 days a week. Drs. Trivedi and Cohen receive internal medicine cases 7 days a week. They are always available for courtesy phone consultations with your regular veterinarian. ASEC’s emergency & critical care department is open 24/7, to admit and stabilize unforeseen emergency cardiology and internal medicine cases. The critical care team can consult with Dr. Williams or Drs. Trivedi and Cohen in the management of these cases. Initial consultations may be performed on an outpatient basis; if diagnostic testing is required, your pet may need to stay for several hours, or all day.
Dr. Downing receives oncology cases Tuesday through Saturday, and is also available for courtesy phone consultations with your regular veterinarian. In-house consultation is available with other specialty services including surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, critical care and radiology/imaging (radiographs, ultrasound, and CT).