What happens when my dog arrives at the hospital? - The Waggin Train Veterinary Clinic

We will assess or triage your dog to see precisely what's going on, and we’ll check the dog’s vital signs. We need to know just how critical this is right away. And based on those findings, we find out whether we need to start an IV catheter and fluids, a shock dose of steroids, or perhaps we need oxygen. Those kinds of things will be immediately assessed because, first and foremost, you’ve got to make sure the dog is stabilized.