Emergency

What to Expect in an Emergency (ER) Visit

Our emergency team is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide care for pets with urgent needs, including trauma, acute injury, pain, prolonged vomiting / diarrhea and other issues. While it not necessary for you to call before your emergency visit, it may be helpful to do so (if possible) so we can prepare for your arrival. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, please bring the item with you so that we can help determine its origin.

When you arrive at our hospital, you will be asked to fill out an information sheet about your pet. While this is happening, our ER team will be alerted to your arrival and one of our ER nurses will come and evaluate your pet, assess the severity of their condition and gather basic information. This may involve taking your pet to the ICU to measure their vital signs and assess them more thoroughly.

If your pet is stable, the ER nurse will bring your pet back to you until one of our ER doctors is available to meet with you. As soon as the doctor is available, you will be escorted to an examination room so you and the doctor can review your pet’s medical history, the doctor can perform a physical examination, and you and the doctor can discuss your pet’s needs.

In some situations, your pet may be taken directly to the ICU for evaluation and stabilization. In this setting, you may be asked to fill out an “Emergency Treatment Consent” form which gives us permission to perform potentially life-saving diagnostics and treatments. This is done in order to put your pet’s best interests first. Once your pet is more stable, a doctor will talk with you about your pet’s condition and you and your pet’s doctor with discuss the ongoing diagnostic and treatment plan.

We understand that visits to an ER service are stressful. Following initial evaluation, our ER doctors will work with you on developing the best diagnostic and treatment plan for your pet taking all factors into consideration. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you and your primary care veterinarian to provide optimal care for your pet.

Emergency services have a level of inherent unpredictability and may come with wait times. Our goal is to address your pet’s needs as efficiently as possible with the understanding that more stable patients may need to wait as a critical patient is stabilized. We know waiting is difficult and will do our best to keep you updated on estimated wait times. We thank you in advance for your patience.

What will it cost?

The fee for seeing our ER service is approximately $120 – $150. There are additional costs for diagnostic tests, such as blood work, radiographs, and abdominal ultrasound, among others. Treatment costs vary widely. After discussing diagnostic and treatment plan options, our ER team will provide you with an estimate of associated costs. This initial estimate may change as test results become available and pending your pet’s response to treatment. We will keep you updated as charges accrue and discuss changes that may be needed to the initial estimate.

What to expect if my pet is hospitalized through the Emergency (ER) service

In some cases, the problem leading to an ER visit may be able to be addressed and your pet discharged without needing to stay overnight. In other situations, our ER team may recommend hospitalizing your pet for further diagnostics and treatment. This may be done under the direction of the ER service or we may discuss involving one of our specialty services for consultation or transfer of care. Your pet’s primary care veterinarian is an important member of your pet’s healthcare team and transfer to them may also be an option. Our ER team will discuss recommendations for your pet’s care with you.

What to expect if my pet is hospitalized through the Emergency (ER) service

We understand it can be stressful to have your pet in the hospital and we value the human / animal bond you share. With this in mind, we strive to provide the following:

Daily updates  

  • Our Emergency/Critical Care coordinators will call with a brief morning update on your pet as well as a financial update between 7am-11am daily (NOTE: updates are not currently available on Weds mornings and instead will be provided by your pet’s doctor when they talk with you between 10am-3pm).
  •  The doctor overseeing your pet’s care on the Emergency/Critical Care service will call with a daily update between 10am-3pm. If your pet’s condition changes significantly, we will call you as soon as it is feasible.
  •  If you would like to know how your pet is doing at the end of the day, please feel free to call for one evening update between 9pm-11pm. This update will be given by the technician taking care of your pet.

Visiting  
We offer flexible visiting hours (NOTE: 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm are busy hours in our hospital and we strive to minimize visits during these times). We recommend visits be limited to 30 min or less in order to avoid disrupting your pet’s ongoing treatment.

Accommodations 
The Courtyard by Marriott Seattle North / Lynwood Everett provides discounted accommodations to families whose pets are undergoing diagnostics and treatment at Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle. Their address is 4220 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood WA 98036 and they can be reached at (425) 670-0500. For safety reasons, we do not allow sleeping overnight in our hospital.

Our Emergency Care Team

Megan Kanda

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Nicholas Angelette

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Laurie Frasher

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Kristi Hulme

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Katherine Westcott

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Brandy Cameron

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Youko Ando

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Rosella To

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Jennifer Bush

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Jennifer Kendall

DVM

Emergency and Critical Care

Anya Gambino

DVM, DACVECC

Veterinary Specialist, Emergency and Critical Care

Raffaella Corsi

DVM, DACVECC

Veterinary Specialist, Emergency and Critical Care

Yuki Tse

DVM, DACVECC

Veterinary Specialist, Emergency and Critical Care

Jo Daney

DVM

Ian Cossman

DVM

Teryn Bouche

DVM

Anna Walker

DVM

Dina Regev

DVM

Victoria McLean

DVM

Christina Cicerchi

DVM