Emergency & Critical Care

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarians at AEMC:

Joohee Seo, DVM
Ravi Srungaram, DVM
Crystal Cisneros, DVM

Sharon Kim, DVM
Melanie Tarosky, DVM

Our new hours are:

Monday-Thursday 6pm – 8am
Friday 6pm – 8am
*Weekends and all major holidays
will be 24 hours

Get Directions | 310-325-3000

If your animal companion is injured or suddenly develops an acute, life threatening disease, it is imperative that he or she receives prompt and accurate emergency care. The Department of Emergency and Critical Care at AEMC is dedicated to giving your pet the best possible chance of survival when he or she is suffering from a critical, life-threatening situation.

We have a team of dedicated veterinarians, available 24 hrs a day, every day, to provide around-the-clock intensive care for every emergent need. AEMC’s emergency room provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and monitoring equipment to provide immediate answers for your pet’s emergency. Treatment can be started immediately to help alleviate suffering and start on the road to wellness.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ensures focused, continuous monitoring and treatment of critically ill patients. In severe cases, it may take several days of hospitalization before the disease process or physical trauma is stable and recovery can occur. Cases supervised by the ICU include, but are not limited to:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Infectious disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Heat stroke
  • Poisoning
  • Endocrine and Metabolic Disease
  • Seizures
  • Automobile injury

The Department of Emergency and Critical Care is responsible for all incoming emergency patients. Your family veterinarian may refer you and your pet to our emergency and critical care department for diagnostics, treatment, and monitoring when they are not available. Emergency veterinarians and technicians are always on duty. This design ensures the best possible care for your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Services of the department include, but are not limited to:

  • Stabilization of critically ill and trauma patients
  • Management of major and minor illnesses/injuries
  • Emergency surgery
  • Emergency ultrasound
  • Foreign body retrieval by endoscopy
  • Full in-house laboratory
  • Ventilator support
  • Oxygen support
  • Blood, platelet, and plasma transfusion
  • Partial and total enteral/parenteral nutrition


If you can quickly determine what the animal ingested and how much call your veterinarian immediately and provide animal’s weight, age, and other relevant medical problems.

TIME IS CRITICAL! Take further instructions over the phone as antidotes vary. TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

  • Retching
  • Convulsions
  • Labored breathing
  • Diarrhea, dilated pupils
  • Salivation
  • Weakness
  • Collapse

Bite Wounds

Muzzle animal. Clip hair around the wound. Clean by liberally applying hydrogen peroxide. Apply bandage to control bleeding. CALL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY

  • Swelling
  • Puncture
  • Hair loss
  • Hair matted with saliva, pus, or blood


Often accompanies severe injury or extreme fright. Keep animal restrained, quiet, and warm. If unconscious, keep the head level with the rest of the body.

  • Weak pulse
  • Shallow Breathing
  • Nervousness
  • Dazed appearance


IMMEDIATELY place the animal in a tub of cold water or hose down if more accessible. Use a rectal thermometer to monitor temperature ( Normal range is 100.5-102.5). Encourage animal to drink cool water. Apply ice-pack to animal’s head.

  • Rapid or difficult breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Collapse