Is my pet having an emergency?

Limited information can be determined without a veterinarian’s examination of your pet, but signs of a medical emergency generally include one or more of the following:

  • Weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting/retching
  • Pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Paralysis
  • Bleeding or bloody discharge
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Seizures
  • Pale gums
  • Large volume of diarrhea
  • Prolonged anorexia
  • Jaundice
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Any type of wound

What do I do in an emergency?

  • Remain calm and do not panic
  • Protect yourself from injury
  • Apply pressure to any bleeding wounds
  • During normal business hours call your family veterinarian


After hours call 949-482-0024 or bring your pet to the Emergency & Critical Care Department of Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital. If you cannot transport your pet, ambulance services are available to assist you.

Please note that we cannot provide treatment unless you come with your pet to register and provide authorization.