Critical Care

Emily J. Cottam, D.V.M. , DACVECC
American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Cottam graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.  She completed a rotating internship at the University of Illinois and then worked for a year as an emergency doctor at a large referral hospital in Boston.  She then completed a residency in small animal emergency and critical care medicine at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ in July of 2015 and became board-certified member of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in October of 2015.

What is Critical Care:

Just like humans, there is a time when your pet may need to be rushed to an emergency hospital due to an injury or suddenly developing a life threatening disease. In some cases this emergency could result in a hospitalized stay for monitoring and life support. Having a team led by a critical care specialist will improve the quality of your pet’s care and improve their chance of a good outcome.

Why your pet may need a critical care specialist:

Here is a list of problems that are often benefitted by seeing an ACVECC Diplomate:

  • Trauma patients: motor vehicle accidents, bite, bullet, knife or burn injuries
  • A pet who is having trouble breathing
  • A pet who needs a blood transfusion
  • A pet in shock (signs of shock can include weakness, pale gums in their mouth, cold extremities, and an abnormal heart rate)
  • A pet who is having trouble urinating, or not producing urine
  • Dogs and cats that need specialized nutritional support because they are unwilling or unable to eat on their own
  • A pet in which an abnormal heart rhythm is causing problems like weakness or collapsing
  • A pet with life-threatening neurologic disease such as coma or severe seizures that is not responding to medications
  • A pet that has had surgery and is not recovering well from anesthesia or are having trouble in the first few post-operative days