Veterinary Hospitalization

Old Orchard Animal Clinic’s hospitalization services provide comprehensive medical support and monitoring for pets following emergency or scheduled surgery, an injury or during a severe illness. Our hospitalization services allow our highly trained and attentive hospital staff to be available for our pet patients when they need us the most.

What Happens During a Pet’s Hospital Stay?

Whether a patient is sick, recovering from an extensive surgery or has been injured, our hospital staff provides 24-hour care and monitoring to ensure patients remain stable, comfortable and calm while healing. Each pet’s hospital care plan will depend on his or her individual medical needs and medical status.

Our Hospital’s Services and Treatments Include

  • 24-Hour Patient Care and Monitoring
  • Advanced Pain Management
  • Nutritional Support
  • Continuous Rate Infusion for Intravenous (IV) Medications and Fluids
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Temperature, Blood Pressure and Pulse Oximetry Monitoring

When Do Pets Require Hospitalization?

Pets need to be hospitalized for different reasons. Sometimes hospital stays are planned, following orthopedic or cancer surgery. Other times, hospitalization can be unexpected due to an emergency surgery, severe injury or serious illness. Hospitalization allows pets to have the level of care and physical stability they need to recover free from stress and pain, while staying warm, nourished and hydrated.

How Do You Know When a Pet Is Ready to Return Home?

Pets recover more quickly and feel more at ease in their own homes. We do everything we can to help pets return home from a hospital stay as soon as possible. Prior to releasing a hospitalized pet, we ensure the pet is eating and drinking independently and having normal bowel movements. Once a hospitalized pet becomes physically stable and no longer requires the administration of medication by professionals, he or she is usually ready to return home.

We ensure you have all of the information you need to provide adequate at-home care. This includes dietary recommendations, activity restrictions and typically the administration of some ongoing medications (antibiotics, pain medications, etc.). For more information about pet hospitalization or to check on the status of your hospitalized pet, please contact our office.