Emergency cases always receive top priority during our regular office hour. If possible, please call ahead to let us know your name, your pet’s name and species, and the nature of your emergency.This will allow us to prepare to receive your pets and immediately begin providing appropriate care. Knowing what’s a true emergency and what’s not can save you hundreds of dollars, since emergency clinics like human emergency care can be quite expensive.
How to tell the difference ? Here are some signs that should have you heading for a veterinarian, day or night :
Seizure, fainting or collapse.
Eye injury, no matter how mild.
Vomiting or diarrhea -- anything more than two or three times within an hour or so. Also, a dog who's trying to vomit (or may be vomiting foam, licking lips), has a drum-tight abdomen and a "roached-back" appearance indicative of abdominal pain.
Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, or hives, most easily seen on the belly.
Any suspected poisoning, including antifreeze, rodent or snail bait, or human medication. Cats are especially sensitive to insecticides (such as flea-control medication for dogs) or any petroleum-based product.
Snake or venomous spider bites.
Thermal stress -- from being either too cold or too hot -- even if the pet seems to have recovered. (The internal story could be quite different.)
Any wound or laceration that's open and bleeding, or any animal bite.
Trauma, such as being hit by a car, even if the pet seems fine. (Again, the situation could be quite different on the inside.)
Any respiratory problem: chronic coughing, trouble breathing or near drowning.
Straining to urinate or defecate.
Although some other problems may not be life-threatening, they may be causing your pet pain and should be taken care of without delay. Signs of pain can include panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, restlessness, crying out, aggression and loss of appetite. Some pets seek company when suffering, while others will withdraw.
If your pet is having an emergency after regular office hours we recommend the following emergency hospitals depending on your location:
- ACESS Specialty Animal Hospitals
- Phone: (818) 887-2262
- Address: 20051 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
- Veterinary Specialists of the Valley
- Phone: (818) 883-8387
- Address: 22123 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
- Animal Specialty Group
- Phone: (818) 244-7977
- Address: 4641 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
- Animal Emergency Centre
- Phone: (818) 539-1174
- Address: 11730 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604