Overnight Care for Hospitalized Patients

Overnight Care for Hospitalized Pets

Dr Julie Schell  BSc(Hons), DVM, CVA, CVCHM, CVC



         Some of you may have seen a segment aired on CBC’s “Then National” on September 16, 2013.  Or, you may have read a recent article was posted by CBC:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/dog-paralyzed-after-vet-leaves-it-unattended-1.1746512

                As a prestigious AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) certified veterinary hospital, we at Bow Bottom Veterinary Hospital closely assess each patient’s needs.  This helps us determine the care and treatments that they need to recover, heal and decrease their pain.  Since we are not an emergency, overnight hospital, we transfer sick pets to one of the two board-certified overnight and critical care centres for observation.    These centres are called CARE Centre and Western Veterinary Specialist Centre.   They have a team of highly trained veterinarians, animal health technologists and veterinary office assistants who will look after our patient’s needs overnight.  The next day, if the pet is healthy enough, he or she may either be discharged to go home, or may be transferred back to us, or may stay the remainder of the day and possibly evening at the emergency centre.

We follow strict AAHA guidelines:   https://www.aahanet.org/Accreditation/WhatAreStandards.aspx

We also adhere to the the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association guidelines:  http://www.canadianveterinarians.net/documents/understanding-overnight-hospitalization#.UjdhNsZzE3k

Rest assured that our patients are triaged closely and assessed multiple times throughout the day to help determine which pets need emergency critical care throughout the night versus which pets are able to go home.  Our dedicated team works hard to get our patients cured, pain-free and home as soon as possible because often being at home improves the speed of healing even faster.

Your pets are truly our passion.  We respect them, cherish them, and love them like our own.  We want them to have the best recovery possible.   If you have any questions, please contact us at 403-278-1984 or email us at welcome@bowbottomvet.com.  Thank you very much!


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