Critical Care

Canine critical care in Tennessee

Animal Emergency and Specialty Center’s canine critical care department is operated by board-certified criticalist and emergency veterinarians, along with the qualified staff. 

Our specialists and highly-trained emergency room veterinarians work hand-in-hand to provide the highest-quality critical care services for your dog at all times. If your dog is in critical condition or needs continuous monitoring, the veterinarians and staff are ready to manage the case.


Dr. Nikki Branam at AESC

  • There are no words to describe how great Dr. Melissa Miller has been with our fur baby. She has truly gone above and beyond to treat our special boy. I will be forever grateful for her; she cares so much about her patients and their families. She has stayed in close contact with me and checked on our boy daily. Our boxer is not just a dog; he is our first child, and Dr. Miller's compassion and dedication to getting him better means the world to us.

    Lindsay B Dog Owner
  • AWESOME!!! Dr. Wong and his staff are excellent. They cared for my dog like family, and the surgery came out just as it was explained to me. Thank you!

    James R Dog Owner

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Our Approach to Canine Critical Care

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center Chattanooga’s team of veterinarians works with your neighborhood veterinarian to provide exceptional care to sickest canine patients. Our ICU is staffed continuously, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, with either a veterinary specialist or a highly-trained ER veterinarian. Because we never close, we are able to provide round-the-clock monitoring, diagnostics, and care for critically ill dogs.

Acute Illness
Acute Illness
Acute Illness
When your dog has a significant illness, trust our staff to provide 24/7 care for your dog.
No matter the severity of the situation, we’re equipped to handle any ailment of your dog.
Post-op Care
Post-op Care
Post-op Care
If your pet experiences surgery complications or has an underlying illness, we’ll administer 24-hour monitoring and care.

Providing Critical Care Services to Your Dog

Our ER and ICU are open and staffed 24 hours a day. We’re ready to provide 24-hour monitoring or care if your precious pup needs the help. For contagious patient

New clients: what to expect

  1. Call us at 423.822.8304 so our team is prepared for your arrival
  2. When you arrive, your dog will be triaged by a veterinary technician
  3. A dedicated customer service representative will gather information about your pet 
  4. A specialist of emergency veterinarian will assess your dog
  5. You’ll receive a recommended treatment and diagnostic plan, complete with an estimate
  6. Upon approval and deposit, we get to work, delivering the best care possible for your dog

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Veterinarians: how to refer

If you need assistance diagnosing or treatment a particular patient case, we want you to get in touch. 

Please call our referral coordinator to let us know you have a patient on the way. Just send a referral form and the patient’s record via fax or email, or your client can bring the forms when they visit our hospital. Thank you for your referral and trust in our care.

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