Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
At CARE, our state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit is open 24 hours per day, and is staffed by veterinarians and nurses at all times. We are able to provide intensive treatment and monitoring for your pet around the clock. This includes animals who may need to have intravenous fluids (IV drip), animals who require high levels of pain relief, and dogs or cats having trouble breathing who may require oxygen (via a humidicrib , oxygen cage or ventilator).
Our intensive care unit is equipped with ECG (heart) monitors, blood pressure monitors, oxygen monitors (pulse oximetry, arterial blood gases), and the latest technology. Our team of specialists provide full support to our emergency and critical care staff, including being on-call and on-duty on a rotating basis, 24 hours per day
Our Internal Medicine Specialists are highly trained in performing both cardiac and abdominal ultrasound. Ultrasound can provide valuable information in the diagnosis and treatment of many different conditions, including heart problems, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, pancreatitis, liver disease, kidney problems, trauma, and various types of cancer.
On-site Laboratory open 24 hours a day
We have an on-site laboratory which runs blood tests, coagulation tests, cytology, viral testing, blood group testing, blood cross matching and a range of other services available 24-hours per day. Our range of Idexx equipment, Radiometer blood gases and electrolytes, and other state-of-the-art laboratory equipment means that results are available for your pet immediately, in case of emergency. Some tests may take 30-45 minutes to run, and can often be done while you wait. Idexx laboratories provide full support for more advanced tests that may be run off-site, often with results available in 24 hours. Our highly trained team of veterinarians, veterinary specialists and certified veterinary nurses will explain and guide you as to which tests are appropriate for your dog or cat.
Digital Radiography (X-rays) are available 24 hour per day at CARE. Xrays provide information on many conditions including trauma patients (eg fractures, thoracic trauma), cruciate ligament disease, hip dysplasia, vomiting, weight loss, or heart conditions to name a few.
Specialist Small Animal Surgical Suite
At CARE, we have a specialised small animal operating theatre and surgical suite. The standards of our operating theatre rival many of the standards of a human hospital, including advanced surgical equipment, minimally-invasive surgery (flouroscopy/ C-arm), thoracosopy, laparoscopy, and advanced orthopedics. We have exceptionally high sterility and autoclaving standards including a B-class autoclave and highly trained theatre nurses. Our veterinary specialist team here in Collingwood, Melbourne, work together to ensure the best outcome for your pet.