|Emergency, Critical Care & Hospitalization Services
Jefferson Animal Hospital & Regional Emergency Center is the only veterinary hospital in Kentucky that is always open and fully staffed for emergencies, as well as routine care, any time of the day or night – 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our hospitalized patients receive around-the-clock monitoring and intensive care. We are fully equipped for emergency treatment, laboratory tests, emergency & routine surgery, ultrasound & endoscopy, radiology, chemotherapy, dentistry and intensive care. Our support staff is well trained in emergency triage and supportive care.
When an emergency arises, and your pet's regular veterinarian is not available, we are here to serve. There may also be times when your regular veterinarian is treating your pet and wishes to refer your pet to our facility for overnight or prolonged critical care monitoring. We work closely with your regular veterinarian, providing regular medical updates at their request. We also provide your regular veterinarian with complete medical treatment records, giving them the appropriate tools to successfully manage follow-up care for your pet.
Click here for information about recognizing a pet emergency. If at any time you are unsure about a potential emergency situation, call us to speak to one of our well-trained staff members.
24 hour critical care nursing is provided for seriously ill patients. If a patient requires IV fluids, an IV regulation pump is used to monitor the fluid rate and to ensure that the fluids are safely administered.
We have Two Intensive Care Units with controlled temperature, humidity and oxygen flow as well as a nebulizer unit. We can accommodate large and small breeds.
Continuous ECG monitoring is offered.
Centralized Oxygen Systems are continuously utilized by our doctors and nurses. This gives them access to oxygen throughout the hospital.
An Isolation Ward is provided for our contagious patients, and there are strict regulations for entering and exiting to ensure that other pets in the hospital are free from exposure.
Blood serum and gas analyzers allow us immediate diagnostic results when your pet is ill or injured. This allows us to make a quicker diagnosis so we can begin immediate treatment of your pet’s condition.
Our Comprehensive Pharmacy includes snake anti-venom and the availability of whole blood, fresh-frozen plasma ad cryoprecipitate used in blood transfusions for both cats and dogs. We stock Oxyglobin, an artificial oxygen carrying blood product. We also have many types of Insulin on-hand.
Radiology capabilities with automatic film processing allow us to process X-rays quickly and accurately. X-rays are used not only to evaluate bones, but they can be used to evaluate the heart, lungs and abdominal organs to diagnose disease.
Digital Imaging is the latest in medical technology. We can have a picture of your pet’s X-ray stored in its computerized medical record and present you with a color copy on paper. Digital imaging also allows us to send the images (X-ray and Ultrasound) to board certified specialists nation-wide for consultation when needed.
Ultrasound with Color Doppler Diagnostic Testing is a non-invasive procedure that can help us diagnose abdominal and cardiac problems in dogs and cats. We offer this service by appointment or on an emergency basis. Our Special Diagnostic Services Director, Dr. Ken Isherwood, receives numerous referral cases from veterinarians throughout the region, and he has frequently been called on to assist veterinarians at the Louisville Zoo and other off-site locations. Click here for more information.
Rigid and Flexible Endoscopy is used to explore the entire intestinal tract from the mouth down to the colon. This procedure requires anesthesia, but it can take the place of more serious and invasive surgical procedures. Click here for more information.
Doppler Blood Pressure is commonly used for patients with cardiac or other systemic diseases. It gives us very necessary information to monitor long-term medications.
An Extensive Medical Reference Library is available to our doctors and nurses 24 hours a day.
Chemotherapy is available to cancer patients.
Anesthesia monitors including EKG, Pulse Oximetry, respiratory monitors and blood pressure monitors are used during all anesthetic procedures to ensure the safest possible outcome.
Isoflourane and Sevoflourane gas anesthetics are used for all anesthetic procedures; just as in human hospitals. These anesthetics are the safest available and can be used for even senior pets.
Laser Surgery – Incisions made with our laser unit bleed much less than blade incisions, and the pet is much less painful during the healing process. We perform surgeries such as feline declaw, tumor and cyst removal and spay/neuter procedures with the laser unit.
High Speed Drill and Dental Unit – This unit allows us to perform many dental procedures quickly to shorten the time that your pet must remain under anesthesia.
Dental Radiology Unit – This unit allows us to take X-Rays of your pet’s mouth. With this technology, we can see beyond the gum line. We can identify pocket abscesses and bone loss due to periodontal disease, allowing us to provide better dental care during the surgical procedure.
Referring Veterinarians: Click here to download our Hospitalization & Emergency Services Referral Form.
Is your pet currently hospitalized with us? Click here for information about your pet’s stay.