Veterinary Specialty Center’s emergency and critical care units are open 24 hours a day, providing advance services to all of our patients. In the case of more complex and critical surgical patients, postoperative pets receive close monitoring and care by the critical care team as long as needed. Pets that are on continuous rate infusion of pain medications are also transferred to the ICU for overnight postoperative care and monitoring. When these pets are transitioned to intermittent injections of opioids, they are transferred back to the surgical ward. This usually happens the day after surgery.