Animal emergencies can make anyone very anxious. If you notice something is off with your dog, and you’ve read our previous articles on how to react during these emergencies, you’ll know that time is of the essence.
You run to carefully get your dog into a car and take them to a veterinary emergency care center. Still, even as the team stabilizes your pet’s condition, they tell you you have to leave them overnight at the emergency hospital for monitoring.
Many pet owners are worried sick after they hear those words. Pet parents fear that no one will be available to help their precious pets during their overnight stay. In truth, many veterinary centers don’t have the staff or the resources to provide your pet with proper supervision after their regular work hours.
Some centers offer additional nurse-for-hire services to comfort and monitor patients overnight.
Luckily, here at Central Orange County Emergency Animal Hospital, our veterinarian specialists and staff work through the night to provide pet owners with the necessary care when their pets need it the most.
Planning Overnight Care
A veterinary hospital preparing to receive your pet for a surgical procedure or any type of veterinary care that requires your pet to stay overnight will remind pet owners to bring their pet’s food, and comfort items like a blanket or toy, and plan for the time their pets will be away from home.
An emergency clinic doesn’t have these advantages. We don’t know when an emergency strikes; that is why we always focus on giving our readers advice on what to do in a dog emergency. It is vital that you are prepared and know what to do if there is a life-threatening situation.
If at all possible, try to always carry your dog’s blanket or favorite toy when you take them to an emergency veterinary center. However, keep in mind that your pet’s life is the most important thing during a pet emergency, so we’d understand if you didn’t arrive at the emergency veterinarian with a full trunk of your pet’s favorite items and food.
You could always take a trip back home and bring back something that helps soothe your pet while they recover away from home.
What the Staff Does During Overnight Care
Here at COCEAH, the staff and specialists work through the night, so your dog won’t be left unattended; however, because we constantly receive new patients throughout our business hours, your pet may not enjoy a completely silent night.
We do our best to avoid disturbing recovering pets, but as new patients also require attention, our staff members will have to walk in and out of the area where your pet recovers. We are also very careful not to upset your pet when we have to check their medication.
You can trust our team to do our best to help your pet stay calm as they receive proper medical care.
When you first arrive at our location, our staff will help take care of your dog and take them inside to receive the veterinary care they need. Unfortunately, you may need to wait outside.
Pet owners are usually not allowed to walk in to see their pets during any procedures, especially if there is an emergency surgery involved. Due to new public health regulations following the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have to wait inside your car instead of in the waiting room.
Overnight Monitoring Is Not Always Necessary
We have only one priority. As veterinarians, we want to make sure that your pet is as healthy as possible following a life-threatening accident. Not all situations require your pet to stay in our facilities after they receive initial stabilizing treatments, but if the team recommends your pet stays for the night, it is because your pet needs it.
Being away from their owners makes pets feel anxious and sad, so we try to be as supportive as possible and provide your pet with as much attention and love as they require.
You should always get professional help if your pet’s life is at risk, but not all such cases will require staying in a hospital setting. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about taking your pet back home if they think it’s ok and there were no complications during their recovery.
But try to understand if the team tells you that you have to leave your pet so they can help them better.
Find an Emergency Veterinary Hospital When You Need It
The team at COCEAH likes to focus on helping our readers know what to do during an emergency before the incidents happen.
We have several articles sharing useful information on what to do in a pet emergency, but when time is of the essence, the best thing we can recommend is that you take your pet to a care center as soon as possible.
If you are here in Newport Beach, you will find us ready to help you and your pet overcome such a challenging situation. Check our hours of operation below; follow this link to get directions to our animal hospital, and remember to give us a call at (949) 261-7979 to let us know you’re coming.