Pet Hospitalization by Our Fuquay Varina Veterinarian

Many pet owners become truly upset if their pet needs to be hospitalized, even more so than if they themselves were. If you are one of those people, and trust us, you are not alone, learn why hospitalization at Hilltop Animal Hospital is in your pet’s best interest, should the need arise. Think of it this way: as an adult, when you are sick and the doctor tells you to rest and drink plenty of fluids, you know what you need to do to feel better. But for your dog or cat, that directive is meaningless and if they don’t feel like eating or drinking, nothing you say can convince them otherwise. This is a superb example of how our Fuquay Varina veterinarian will step in and give your pet the best modern veterinary medicine has to offer. Here’s what hospitalization at Hilltop Animal Hospital looks like.

Reasons Why We Recommend Hospitalization

cat smelling stethoscopeA number of things may occur with your pet that prompt us to recommend hospitalization including:

  • Monitor pain and recovery after surgery

  • Treat and prevent dehydration for pets that are not eating or drinking

  • Administer IV medications if the pet cannot take them orally or is vomiting

  • Treat critical illnesses and injuries such as shock, heart failure or seizures

  • Perform overall monitoring of your pet’s condition

Why can’t I monitor my pet, you may wonder? When it comes to loads of TLC, we are right behind you in giving your pet loving care. Remember that we are trained experts who care for your pet and any subtle changes, even ever so slight may have grave consequences. These subtle issues could turn out to be life-threatening, especially if necessary and critical treatment are not quickly administered as a result.

How Long Will Your Pet Need to Stay?

Once it is clear that hospitalization for your pet is necessary, you will surely wonder how long he or she will need to stay. In this circumstance, we will sit down with you and discuss the options as well as how your pet is doing given their circumstances. We understand that you’ll look at your pets hospitalization with concern, but please know that we will take superb care of them in the following ways:

  • Make sure their IV fluid is regular and his rate infusion pumps are constant

  • Ensure their blood chemistry, blood gas, blood count and lactate analyzers are within spec

  • Regulate their patient warming/thermoregulation devices to ensure optimal operation and comfort

  • Monitor oxygen therapy capabilities

  • Check all vital parameters including ECG, blood pressure (oscillometric), oxygen saturation (SpO2) and carbon Dioxide (etCO2)

  • Provide a fully-stocked pharmacy with both injectable and oral medications

Whatever the reason for your pet’s hospital stay, not only will we take care of them using the most modern techniques available, but we will also keep you informed every step of the way. Call us today to learn more or schedule an appointment!


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