The hours following a high-risk surgery or the diagnosis of a serious illness are the most critical. Complications, infections, and even hemorrhaging and shock can put your pet’s life at risk once they come out of the operating room. Yet, many veterinary clinics are ill-equipped to handle the special needs of their patients, discharging pets too early and forcing their owners to play technician—or step into the role of ambulance driver as they shuttle their pet between the emergency hospital and their primary vet clinic.
Hawthorne Animal Hospital takes the stress off worried pet parents by admitting any high-risk patients to our 24/7 in-house intensive care unit (ICU) at our Glen Carbon location. Depending on the severity of a pet’s health injury or illness, they may stay several hours after surgery or for days while their condition stabilizes. It’s our goal to ensure no dog or cat returns home until they’re physically ready, and their families are better prepared to provide care.
From the moment a pet enters our ICU, they are treated and observed by a full team dedicated to their recovery. While your pet is away from you, you can trust that:
Once your pet is discharged, your veterinarian will provide you with a custom care plan to continue any treatments and medications at home.