If you can call before coming in, it is appreciated as we can make sure our staff is prepared to quickly stabilize your pet and our veterinarian is readily available to assess his or her condition.
We are able to treat all manner of emergencies in dogs and cats, and we maintain an excellent relationship with area specialists so that, if needed, we can make a referral for specialized care options.
After-Hours Emergency Pet Care
After normal business hours, emergencies are referred to:
VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center
15926 Hawthorne Blvd
Lawndale, CA, 90260
Financing Pet Health Care
We understand the financial hardship a pet emergency can bring. Check our pet insurance and financing options for the help you need in covering costs without breaking the bank.
Not sure if it is an emergency?
Pets tend to hide symptoms of illness and injury as a defense mechanism so that they do not attract the attention of predators. By the time a pet is openly showing signs of problems, the condition is typically very advanced and critical in nature.
A general rule we have found is that if a pet owner senses that there is something not right with the pet, there is reason to have the pet examined.
Some symptoms and situations that should definitely be seen as emergencies include (not a comprehensive list):
- Persistent vomiting
- Persistent diarrhea
- Straining to urinate
- Blood in the urine or feces
- Loss of appetite for more than one day
- Sudden weakness or collapse
- Significant behavioral change
- Seizure lasting more than 10 minutes or multiple seizures in one day
- Bleeding with no known cause
- Difficulty breathing
- Hit by a car
- Animal attack
- Traumatic injury
- Crying out in pain
- Sudden weight loss
- Sudden weight gain
Whenever you have a question about your pet’s health, we encourages you to contact the hospital. It is better to check in with us than to ignore a small problem and have it develop into something critical.