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emergency-critical care at oradell animal hospital

We understand how upsetting it is having a sick or injured pet and not being able to get help quickly. Our emergency services are here for you 7 days a week; 24 hours a day. Staff veterinarians along with technical support staff are on premises at all times working as a team with skill and compassion to respond to emergency calls during the hours your veterinarian is unavailable. We will stabilize your pet, perform any necessary diagnostic tests and continue treatment as needed. Your pet will be in the best possible hands so you can have peace of mind.

Although an appointment is not needed, we ask that you telephone the hospital to alert us to your emergency so that we can prepare properly for your pet’s arrival.

Some examples of emergency situations may include but are not restricted to:

Trauma – car accidents, puncture wounds, eye trauma, bite wounds/animal fights, head injuries, airway obstruction, heatstroke, frostbite, trouble breathing, electric shock, snake bites, falling from high places

Toxins/Poisons – chocolate, mushrooms, onions, plants, household cleansers, pool chemicals, human medications, coins, bones, rat poison, anti-freeze

Disease/ Illness – profuse vomiting or diarrhea, vomiting blood or passing blood in stool or urine, seizures, listlessness, allergic reactions, inability/difficulty to urinate, refusal to eat, collapse, difficulty breathing

Emergency Surgery – cesarean section, tracheotomies, urinary obstruction, abdominal/chest exploratory surgery, endoscopies, chest tube placement, bloating

Your pet will be closely monitored as we provide the following advanced life support procedures as needed:

  1. Fluid therapy
  2. Oxygen therapy
  3. Pain management
  4. Blood Pressure monitoring
  5. Nutritional management
  6. Blood analysis and monitoring
  7. Cardiac resuscitation, defibrillation and post resuscitation care
  8. Continuous electrocardiogram
  9. Blood transfusions

What to expect when you come in for an emergency:

  • Our ICU is staffed by a board certified critical care specialist 7 days a week and we are available for you 24/7.
  • If you suspect your pet has been exposed to a toxin; please bring us the container and/or a sample of the suspected toxin
  • Bring your pet’s medical records if available
  • At the hospital you will be greeted by a receptionist who will then have a trained technician evaluate your pet
  • If your pet needs to be admitted to the hospital the admitting doctor will discuss the projected diagnostics and/or therapeutic services and fees with you..

Communication with Your Veterinarian

A brief report will be faxed to your veterinarian when your pet is seen for emergency care. Your veterinarian will be updated through progress reports during your pet’s hospital stay as well as a detailed summary report upon discharge.

Please follow up with your local veterinarian for continued care.

Our technologically advanced equipment and the highly developed skills of our staff serve us in diagnosing and caring for critical and challenging cases. We are prepared to assist your veterinarian in the treatment of your ill or injured pet at any time.

Emergency/Critical Care Doctors

Kristi Gannon, DVM, Diplomate, ACVECC (Emergency/Critical Care)

Dr. Gannon graduated from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital. She completed a three year residency in emergency and critical care medicine at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. Dr. Gannon is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and is the Director of Emergency/Critical Care Services at Oradell Animal Hospital. As Director she supervises the entire ECC team which is staffed by veterinarians and certified technicians with advanced training. They provide around the clock care for each patient and utilize a variety of advanced monitoring and diagnostic tools. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dr. Gannon also supervises the emergency and critical care residency program which requires 3 years of training and ensures eligibility for board certification. Dr. Gannon enjoys reading, traveling and playing with her dog Maya and cat Zoe.

Yonaira Cortes, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC

Dr. Cortes graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She then completed a three year residency in emergency and critical care medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston before joining the emergency/critical care service at Oradell Animal Hospital. Dr. Cortes is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She has special interests in metabolic emergencies, trauma and pain management. When not at work or with family and friends, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga and spending time with her two cats, Gordon and Pablo, and her dog, Stitch. Yonaira Cortes Publications & Contributions

Pam Fettig, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Fettig graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a three year residency in critical care and emergency medicine at Oradell Animal Hospital. She has worked at specialty hospitals in Connecticut and Manhattan. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Her special interests include acute kidney injury, traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, and coagulopathies. She enjoys horsebackriding and spending time with her husband, 2 Labrador retrievers, Rhiannon and Sara, and 4 cats.

Anne Brodsky, DVM

Dr. Brodsky is a graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She completed a year of internship training at Oradell Animal Hospital and is now a member of our Emergency/Critical Care team. Dr. Brodsky enjoys spending time with her son, her dog Morgan Merriweather and her cat Tigre. Her interests include running, hiking, traveling and reading.

Donna Bucciarelli, DVM

Dr. Bucciarelli is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship at Oradell Animal Hospital. She is most interested in emergency and critical care medicine and dentistry. Her interests include cooking, swimming, yoga and travel. Donna is a member of the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps (NJMRC). Donna volunteers her time and professional expertise to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.

Sarah Carr, DVM

Dr. Sarah Carr graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She then completed a rotating internship at Oradell Animal hospital from 2013-2014. She continued to develop a strong interest in emergency and critical care and joined the Oradell team in 2016 as a member of the emergency staff. Dr. Carr has two cats at home - Spud and Beans and in her spare time rides horses and enjoys going on adventures with her husband Michael.

Megan Julian, VMD

Dr. Julian is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital. Following her internship she joined our emergency/critical care team. Dr. Julian has a special interest in handling challenging endocrine and trauma emergencies.

Julie Lee, VMD

Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially dermatology and oncology. She loves to spend time with her family and friends as well as her dog and 3 cats. During her free time she enjoys hiking, baking, and playing the piano.

Rachel Morgan, DVM

Dr. Morgan graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and then completed a one year internship in surgery at Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists in Vermont. She then completed a one year specialty internship in emergency and critical care at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital near Boston before joining our hospital. Her interests include trauma, toxins and sepsis. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and hiking. She has two cats, Liam and Ellie.

Erica Swanke, DVM

Dr. Swanke graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completing an internship at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University she joined the emergency/critical care team at Oradell Animal Hospital. Dr. Swanke enjoys reading and spending quality time with friends, family and her pets.

Brian O'Malley, DVM

Dr. O'Malley attended Siena College for undergraduate studies and then attended Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. O'Malley enjoys running with his Labrador retriever Penelope, hiking and cooking.

Kati Tumielewicz, DVM

Dr. Kati Tumielewicz graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada then did an internship in small animal internal medicine and surgery at the ASPCA in Manhattan. Dr. Tumielewicz's special interests include emergency and critical care, trauma and lactate derangements. In her spare time she enjoys sporting events, concerts, and time with her friends and family. She has a Lab mix named Blueberry and 2 cats, Snowball and Kitalina.

Margaret Winter, DVM

Maggie Winter received her DVM from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine and her B.A. from Smith College. During veterinary school, she worked in Cornell University's emergency room as a technician for four years gaining invaluable experience. She also pursued advanced studies in exotic species medicine and emergency medicine. After veterinary school, Maggie completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Oradell Animal Hospital. Her professional interests include sespsis, polytrauma, and exotic species emergencies. During her free time she plays ice hockey, capoeira, and enjoys exploring Hoboken with her goldendoodle Butters.

Fabrice Fosset, DVM

Dr. Fabrice Fosset earned his veterinary degree from the University of Liege, School of Veterinary Medicine in Belgium, and practiced for two years in the ICU at the University of Liege. He has completed a small animal rotation internship at the University of Montreal in Canada, and a small animal emergency and critical care internship at the University of Illinois. After completion of a Master’s degree in pharmaco-immunotoxicology at the University of Illinois, he completed a small animal emergency and critical care internship at the University of California as well as a certification in veterinary extracorporeal therapies. His special interests include trauma, CPR, transfusion medicine, and extracorporeal therapies. Dr. Fosset spend his free time with two Spanish Greyhounds, a French Bulldog, and three cats. He enjoys singing, archery, and horse riding.

Journals

Published by Drs. Whitehead, Cortes, Eirmann in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care on gastrointestinal dysmotility disorders in critically ill dogs and cats http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26822390

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