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Emergencies are never planned and can happen at any time. When care cannot wait, Partner Veterinary Emergency is available 24 hours a day, every day. With a highly-trained, compassionate team and state-of-the-art technology, you can trust that your pet is in the best hands at their most critical moment.

Our Triage Process

Order of treatment, or “triage,” dictates how patients are prioritized in an emergency room setting. Patients in level 1  will be treated first, followed by more stable patients. All emergency hospitals, both human and veterinary, follow this same approach to make sure all patients get the level of care they need as quickly as possible.

Level 1:

Resuscitation
Conditions that are threats to life or limb


Level 2:

Emergent
Conditions that are a potential threat to life, limb or function


Level 3:

Urgent
Serious conditions that require emergency intervention


Level 4:

Less Urgent
Conditions that relate to patient distress or potential complications that would benefit from intervention


Level 5:

Non-Urgent
Conditions that are non-urgent or that may be part of a chronic problem

Common Emergency Symptoms

Common medical emergencies can include trauma injuries, ingestion dangers, and unexplained symptoms.

  • Heat stroke
  • Near-drowning
  • Bite or sting of a venomous animal, such as a snake
  • Cats with open mouth-breathing
  • Trouble breathing/severe coughing
  • Trauma (e.g., traffic accidents, falls, lacerations, head trauma, eye trauma)
  • Blue, purple, or pale gums/tongue
  • Sepsis (severe systemic infection)
  • Bleeding disorders or severe bleeding
  • Fluid accumulation in the abdomen or chest
  • Adverse chemotherapy and other drug reactions
  • Possible toxin (poison) ingestion or exposure
  • Difficulty urinating, urinating blood, not able to urinate
  • Ingestion of a foreign object
  • Severe vomiting, diarrhea or unproductive retching
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Immune-mediated diseases
  • Burns and smoke inhalation
  • Sudden vision compromise or loss
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Heart failure
  • Liver failure
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Deterioration of chronic conditions
  • Labor complications, neonatal emergencies
  • Allergic reactions – acute itching, hives, swelling
  • Sudden collapse, unresponsiveness

Meet the Team

Christy Schwartz
Hospital Steward
Rachael Boyd, DVM
ER Surgery Team Lead
ER Veterinarian
Kimberly Basil, DVM
Emergency Veterinarian
Erica Ditzler, DVM
Emergency Veterinarian
Heather Rubi, MAS, DVM
Emergency Veterinarian