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Pet Owners

Emergency & Critical Care

24/7 Advanced Care for Your Animal Companion

Friendship Emergency & Critical Care Services is VECCS-certified Level I Facility, led by the District’s only board-certified Criticalists. Our service functions 24 hours a day to provide excellent emergency care, critical/intensive care and hospitalization services.  Our experienced and highly skilled team is ready to intervene as quickly as needed to assure the highest likelihood of a successful outcome for your pet.

Services offered:

  • 24-hour walk-in emergency services
  • 24-hour intensive nursing care
  • Advanced monitoring, including ECG, pulse oximetry, capnography, blood pressure (invasive and non-invasive), and blood gas monitoring capability
  • On-site diagnostics available 24 hours a day
  • 24-hour access to digital radiography and focused ultrasound
  • Transfusion therapy
  • Nutritional support
  • Long-term mechanical ventilation
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Skilled pain management

Emergencies aren’t limited to business hours, and neither are we!  Our emergency and critical care service functions 24/7/365.  We are the only 24-hour veterinary emergency room in the District of Columbia.

If you believe your animal companion is having an emergency, don’t hesitate to bring him or her right in.  You can always give us a call and our experienced client care technicians may help you assess the situation if you’re not sure whether you should come in.  Online chat is also available throughout the day and evening.  The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has some additional information about what constitutes an emergency.

Prompt emergency care can be life saving in the event of acute, severe illness or injury.  Beyond the initial emergency period, your pet may require close monitoring, supportive care and intensive in-hospital management before recovery occurs.  Friendship Hospital for Animals provides 24/7/365 emergency care and hospitalization services, including intensive care unit (ICU) care.  Our diligent team of skilled veterinary technicians, emergency doctors and specialists in emergency and critical care medicine are here whenever you need us!

Friendship provides state of the art, comprehensive services for our clients and patients. But, more than that, we provide a caring team who understands the unique human-animal bond. View Our Services