Lake Ray Hubbard
Emergency Pet Care Center

was established in Rowlett in 1997 by a local group of veterinarians to provide high quality emergency and critical care on nights, weekends, and holidays... more

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Lake Ray Hubbard Emergency Pet Care Center was established in Rowlett in 1997 by a local group of veterinarians to provide high quality emergency and critical care on nights, weekends, and holidays. In 2004, we expanded our services to include internal medicine and surgery specialists and moved to our current location in Mesquite. We are excited to announce that we have expanded once again…by merging the internal medicine, emergency and surgery departments under a single management and partnership owned by local veterinarians. The consolidation of the doctors and staff into “one team” provides a unique and efficient framework of veterinary personnel resulting in coordinated and optimal diagnostic and treatment plans for seriously ill or injured pets. Our surgery and internal medicine specialists work seamlessly with the emergency veterinarians and support staff to provide exceptional care for your pet, 24-hours a day in a caring and compassionate environment. With the unification of the departments and anticipation of joining more specialists to our team... we are changing our name to the Veterinary Referral Center of East Dallas (VRCED).

A referral from your veterinarian is not required and you are welcome to contact us directly. Because VRCED is not a general care facility, we will work closely with your family veterinarian to assure your pet receives optimal care. Please ask your veterinarian about VRCED or call us for more information.

State-of-the-Art Facility
Our state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to care for pets that have been severely traumatized or those that are seriously ill. Our highly trained, professional, and courteous staff will insure that your pet receives the highest quality care possible.

The ER is typically open when your veterinarian is closed; nights, weekends and holidays. We operate as an extension of your veterinarian to provide the care that you would expect to receive at his or her hospital. Clients do not need appointments to be seen by the ER staff.

When a consultation is needed with Internal Medicine or Surgery, your veterinarian will call and establish a referral providing all necessary history, previous lab tests and working diagnoses in order to assist in developing a diagnostic and therapeutic plan. Your veterinarian will remain an important part of the ongoing care of your pet and will receive a copy of all medical records and test results.

When You Arrive to the ER
Upon arrival to our facility on emergency basis, a nurse will immediately triage your pet to determine the severity of the sickness or illness.

Reception AreaThe most critical animals will be seen by the attending veterinarian first. A long wait should be expected for stable pets when the ER is busy. Often your pet will be brought back to the treatment area for examination and observation while other animals are being treated. If your pet is critical, he or she will become the first priority. We understand that you are very concerned with your pet and we will inform you of the assessment of your family pet as soon as possible.

Following a complete evaluation and examination, the veterinarian will discuss any recommended diagnostics, treatment and care. Once the authorization for treatment is obtained, the staff will proceed quickly and efficiently to provide the best possible care for your pet. You will be notified of all changes in your pet's condition as soon as they occur. Often your pet may need to be hospitalized if he/she is very ill, but you can be assured that our technicians and veterinarians will provide around-the-clock care for your loved one.

All non-critical pets taken through the ER and needing further care must be discharged on the following regular business day and transported back to your regular veterinarian. A local ambulance service is available for those having difficulty with the transport.

Upon Discharge
Following discharge from our hospital, all diagnostic information and medical records are immediately shared with your regular veterinarian. Radiographs will be released with the pet and should be taken to the regular veterinarian for further evaluation. It is common to pick up additional prescription medications directly from your veterinarian. All follow up evaluations, including suture removal, laboratory recheck testing, splint or bandage checks, etc.. are performed by your veterinarian. Please call for an appointment. Any pet with complications can return to the ER after normal business hours.

What's New

Dr. Lynn Britton - VRCEDVRCED welcomes Dr. Lynn Britton to our staff.  Dr. Lynn Britton’s areas of surgical expertise include wound management and reconstruction, fracture repairs, cranial cruciate ligament disease, and intervertebral disc disease while utilizing the latest in medical technology ...

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Dr. Carmen WooleyWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Carmenn Woolley has joined our practice as a Staff Internist and is currently accepting small animal internal medicine referrals from your veterinarian. Dr. Woolley graduated from Oklahoma State, completed her residency requirements at Cornell University, and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has received advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of serious medical problems including those which affect major organ systems such as the heart ...

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From a Technician's Perspective

Emergency practice is completely different from the day practice. The animals in the hospital are usually very sick or severely injured. You become so close to the animals because your primary job is to care for them. You know that each animal is part of a family and it is up to you to get them back home.

At the beginning of each day I review cases, make sure that every animal in the hospital is as comfortable as possible and has everything it needs. I get the hospital ready for any emergency that could arrive. When the doorbell rings the day begins...

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The following article appeared in The Dallas Morning News.

ROWLETT - Bud had crawled home bleeding from what looked like buckshot wounds.

Coco had stopped eating and was barely generating enough body heat to stay alive.

Whiskers had parvo so severe that he couldn't stand, and Ozzy was starting to show parvo symptoms.

Just a typical weekend at the Lake Ray Hubbard Emergency Pet Care Center, the only 24-hour, seven-day-a-week "animal ER" in the Rockwall-Rowlett area and one of only a handful in North Texas.

By Monday, the furry patients would have stolen staffers' hearts and taxed their skills. As in human hospitals, there would be long, uncertain waits, some ending in relief, others in sorrow.

At first glance, Coco appeared to be an old piece of fleece someone had left in the corner of the incubator. But a tap on the glass brought up the 15-week-old toy poodle's head to see what had disturbed his nap.

Owner Lupe Zepeda of Rowlett said his older poodle had been scaring the puppy away from food and water at home. Eventually, the pup had stopped eating altogether. When he arrived at the clinic Saturday morning, Coco was near death...

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Interesting Case

LaylaSignalment: 4 YR FS DSH

History: “Layla” was an adult stray cat, wandering the neighborhood when she was taken in by her good hearted owner. For the first two years in her new home “Layla” was healthy and received regular veterinary care. Layla’s owner began to notice weight loss and then blood tinged urine outside the litter box. At that time, “Layla” also began hiding and avoiding all attention. “Layla” was taken to her regular veterinarian where her blood work revealed anemia. It was suspected that she had a blood borne parasite or an autoimmune disorder, immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA). She was prescribed the antibiotic Doxycycline and a vitamin supplement. Her owner observed labored breathing and increasing lethargy the following morning, “Layla” was referred to the ER.

Exam: She presented depressed with fair pulses, pale mucus membranes and increased bronchovesicular sounds in dorsal lung fields.

Diagnostics: The CBC revealed anemia (Hct 14%) and thrombocytopenia (62 K/uL). Hyperbilirubinemia (0.8 mg/dL) and hyperglycemia (266 mg/dL) were noted on the chemistry analysis.

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DieselHistory:  Diesel presented with facial swelling redness and hives on his chest and abdomen.  His owner stated that he was outside for approximately 1 hour, and noted the swelling after 30 minutes. Owner gave him a bath the he began rubbing his face.  Diesel began developing hives on the car ride to the clinic. The family’s yard is small and in a residential area, and they are not aware of any toxins or abnormal items that he could have ingested.  Diesel had had no recent changes in his diet, no flea products applied, and no vomiting.  He has no history of allergies or any other medical issues. He is also current on vaccinations and takes a monthly heartworm preventative.

Exam:  All of the abnormalities found were associated with Diesel’s skin.  He had generalized red skin (erythema) which was most pronounced on his head/neck, and swelling (angiodema) which was primarily affecting his face.  He was itchy (pruritic) and also had hives (urticaria).  Otherwise Diesel appeared to be a normal Boston Terrier.

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DeetsSignalment: 4YR, intact male, Belgian Sheepdog

History: Acute onset of abdominal discomfort noticed by owner several hours prior to presentation. “Deets” had been seen crouching in a “praying” posture and also was acting unusual. No retching, vomiting or diarrhea had been observed and there had been no history of dietary indiscretion.

Exam: Mucous membrane color was slightly muddy, femoral pulses reduced, and very mild stomach distension was observed on abdominal palpation. Hydration status was normal and “Deets” was very alert and active in the examination room.

Diagnostics: CBC, chemistry analysis, and electrocardiogram were normal. Radiographs revealed abnormal gas accumulation with compartmentalization in the stomach suggesting gastric distension and volvulus...

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SateviaSignalment: 3 month old, Chihuahua

History: Acute onset of weakness and lethargy. Owners also observed difficulty breathing (dyspnea).
Exam: Tachypnea (rapid breathing), pale mucous membranes, weak, lethargic, muffled heart sounds bilaterally.

Upon further discussion with the owners, it was found that the puppy had eaten rat bait poison approximately 3 days prior to presentation.The owners believed that the poison was an anticoagulant.

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Signalment: 6 1/2 YR NM DSH

JackHistory: ~2wk history of lethargy; owners now reporting loss of appetite, vomiting and vocalizing when picked up. Hx of feline asthma. Becomes stressed while owners are out of town. Current meds include prednisolone and amoxicillin.

Exam: Presented lethargic, ~8-10% dehydrated, unkempt hair coat, occasional vocalizations, mild gingivitis, tender on abdominal palpation, wt loss.

Diagnostics: Normal WBC on CBC (later elevated to 23k), elevated liver values (ALT 473 U/L), hypokalemia (3.2 mMOL/L), hypophosphatemia (3.0 mg/dl), mild hyperbilirubinemia (1.0 mg/dl) and severe hyperglycemia (425 mg/dl) observed on chemistry analysis. UA revealed concentrated urine (sg 1.044) with severe glucosuria (500 mg/dl) and severe ketonuria. Bilirubin initially normal but elevated to 4.2mg/dl 3 days after admission.

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