I-20 Animal Medical Center is here 24 hours a day, every day of the year to provide expert and compassionate care for pets that need emergency and critical care. We understand that the health of your pet is a top priority.
Our emergency department is overseen by Dr. Cindi Welch, the only Emergency and Critical Care residency trained veterinarian in Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield and surrounding areas. As an accredited emergency and critical care hospital we can ensure the highest medical standards and latest life-saving procedures and treatments.
Our team of veterinary professionals includes doctors and veterinary nurses with advanced training in emergency medicine. We work as a team to provide round-the-clock monitoring and treatment of your pet. At I-20 Animal Medical Center, we’re committed to your pet’s health and your peace of mind.
I-20 Animal Medical Center works with area veterinarians to provide emergency care for their clients. We’ll communicate with your family veterinarian to ensure that appropriate care continues after the critical stage has passed.
Difficulty Giving Birth
Ingestion of toxins
Any puppy or kitten with vomiting or diarrhea
When should you take your pet to an emergency care facility? Obviously, problems like trauma, seizures, severe vomiting or diarrhea need immediate attention. But what about minor problems? How do you know if you should take your pet to the hospital in the middle of the night or wait until your veterinarian opens? A good general guideline is IF IN DOUBT SEEK EMERGENCY VETERINARY CARE. Many serious conditions may appear as a minor problem. Your pet can’t always communicate how much pain he or she is in. So, if in doubt, seek emergency care.
I-20 Animal Medical Center has trained emergency veterinarians on duty and ON SITE all day and all night, but one thing that makes our critical care unit so special is that our intensive care unit (ICU) is staffed with experienced veterinary nurses 24 hours a day. One of our primary goals when we established our 24-hour practice was to ensure your pet receives only the best in nursing care, which is so important in the recovery of any sick or injured patient.
We have dedicated veterinary technicians whose only job is to remain in ICU, by your pet’s side, 24 hours a day. They do not sleep. They do not leave the critical care unit unattended for even a minute. Our staff is there at all hours for your pet AND for YOU. If you are worried about your pet in the hospital you can call the direct line 24 hours a day and talk to a nurse who knows and cares about your pet. This dedicated commitment can and does make a difference and is standard with our 24-hour care.
To help understand the complexity of managing a critical patient, imagine a critical patient and you will see oxygen lines, multiple intravenous lines carrying life-saving fluids or blood, catheters monitoring output of fluids, feeding tubes, monitors which record heart rhythm, blood pressure, temperature and respiration—everything depending upon the individual needs of each patient. Veterinarians evaluate your pet’s response to treatments, and are there around the clock, ready to change treatment protocols at a moment’s notice.
This kind of dedication, attention and care is what makes the difference in our patient care. Often this level of care is the difference between life and death. We take pride in the number of successful outcomes in our ICU. Clients often come to us when other veterinarians have given up. Our medical director, Dr. Cindi Welch, has established strict medical protocols, developed over years from her training in emergency and critical care.