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Emergency Veterinary Care

At Carlsbad Animal Hospital, we provide emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours.  

(760) 729-4431

Daytime Emergency Care

Our vets are here for your pet during our regular hours in case of a veterinary emergency. Outside of our regular business hours, please contact one of the emergency animal hospitals noted below. 

Carlsbad Animal Hospital

  • Monday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Thursday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Friday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Saturday: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm

Call: (760) 729-4431


After Hours Emergencies

If you are experiencing an emergency with your pet after hours, please contact one of the following veterinary animal hospitals.

After-Hours

Surfside Animal Hospital

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: 760-439-5500


After-Hours

Veterinary Specialty Hospital

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: 760-466-0600


Emergency Veterinary Services

If your pet is experiencing an emergency or symptoms you are concerned about, contact our office right away, or the after-hours emergency pet hospital location above. 

The compassionate team at Carlsbad Animal Hospital offers emergency veterinary care for most situations. We care deeply for the companion animals of Carlsbad and the surrounding areas. When in our care, we will always treat your pet as our own. 

Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency

If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.

  • Call Ahead If Possible - During regular business hours call us right away. After hours, call the emergency animal hospital listed above to let them know you are on the way.
  • Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, instructions may be provided to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable. Follow these instructions carefully.
  • Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra careful around your pet. When an animal is in pain, they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and could bite or scratch.
  • Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself or your pet at risk! Safely bring your pet to our emergency vet clinic in Carlsbad or the after-hours emergency vet location above.

Emergency FAQs

Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Carlsbad Animal Hospital

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    Carlsbad Animal Hospital provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours. It's always best to contact us in advance if you can, but we understand that in emergencies that's not always possible. 

    If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit the after-hours emergency vet location shown above. 

  • When is your clinic open?

    Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:

    • Monday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Tuesday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Wednesday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Thursday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Friday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Saturday: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
    • Sunday: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
     

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:

    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    • Unconsciousness
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Our Carlsbad animal hospital is just like a human emergency room—wait times can be unpredictable.

    We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive, however cases are treated based on medical need. If possible, call ahead to find out whether we can provide emergency care for your dog or cat.

    If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend that you visit the 24/7 animal emergency clinic detailed above. 

  • What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?

    Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. If your pet requires overnight care, your Carlsbad veterinarian will be able to make the appropriate recommendations for transfer to a 24/7 animal hospital nearby. 

  • What types of animals do you treat?

    Our emergency veterinarians are mostly experienced with cats and dogs but will see other small animals, such as birds and rodents, in serious situations. 

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