Critical Care

Animal Critical Care - Puget Sound Veterinary Specialty & Emergency

Your Preferred Animal Critical Care Center:

Unfortunately, just like people, pets can suffer from severe trauma or diseases that are life-threatening, leaving them in critical condition. Our highly trained team has the resources to provide individualized intensive animal critical care complex conditions, including blood transfusion, pain management and advanced nutritional support. 

What is a Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care specialist?

A diplomate in the college of veterinary emergency and critical care (DACVECC) is a highly trained specialist who works closely with your family veterinarian, emergency clinicians and other specialists to ensure that your pet gets comprehensive care tailored to their needs.  After becoming a veterinarian, veterinary criticalists undergo additional training consisting of a 1 year internship followed by a 3 year residency and rigorous board exam. 

Because of their unique training in stabilizing the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, in addition to medical emergencies, criticalist often assist with anesthesia of patients in fragile health, recovery from complex or invasive surgeries, and managing complications of chronic disease. A criticalist provides care during a crisis in health until your pet is healthy enough to continue care with your family veterinarian or specialist.

What conditions are commonly treated by a criticalist?

  • Trauma such as being hit by a car or falling from a great height
  • Diabetic crisis and other endocrine emergencies
  • Severe auto-immune disease
  • Sepsis (overwhelming infection)
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart failure
  • Shock
  • Seizures
  • Poisonings or toxin exposure 

contact US

Port Orchard

1730 Pottery Ave, Suite #120 Port Orchard, WA 98366


Sun–Fri: 7am–5pm
Sat: Closed

Gig Harbor

6565 Kimball Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

• 24/7 Emergency
• 24/7 Critical Care

• Neurology
• Diagnostic Imaging


ER Only: Open 24/7
Tues–Fri: 8am–5pm