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Central Coast Pet Hospital and Emergency

Emergency Veterinarian

We are open 24 hours for urgent care and emergencies. In the case of an emergency, please call us at 805-489-6573

Central Coast Pet Emergency is open 24 hours 7 days a week for your pet’s emergency and urgent care needs. We understand that when your pet is in need of emergency assistance it may become overwhelming and stressful - just know that we are on standby ready to assist. Our veterinarians and staff are fully trained on immediate care and stabilization. We do our best to triage efficiently to assess your pet and get them treated as soon as possible.

We provide an array of advanced diagnostics and therapeutic support for our patients including digital radiology, a surgical suite, high-quality ultrasound, canine and feline blood products, antivenin, a Snyder oxygen cade, telemetry, 24-hour hospitalization, and more. We take the utmost pride in the quality of care we provide at Central Coast Pet Emergency. Our amazing support team is professional and enthusiastic.

Please contact your family veterinarian for advice and follow any instructions they may provide. If your veterinarian is not available - our emergency staff is here to support you when your pet needs it most!

While appointments are not required – calling ahead will allow for our team to prepare for your pet’s arrival.

What is a Pet Emergency?

If you believe that your pet is having an emergency situation that cannot wait for your primary caregivers' normal business hours, check the list below to confirm. If it is indeed an emergency then we encourage you to come in so we can assess the problem.

The following are indications that your pet may require immediate medical attention:

  • Difficult labored (breathing with their abdominal region), blue colored tongue

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Pain

  • Swollen or distended abdominal region, especially if vomiting, retching, or signs of weakness

  • Repeated attempts to urinate from a cat that is not producing urine

  • Repeated vomiting, blood in vomit

Traumatic Injuries (even if not immediately showing signs):

  • Hit by a car

  • Falling from height

  • Blunt force trauma

  • Penetrating wounds (e.g. stab wounds, bite wounds)

Toxin ingestion - common pet toxins may include (but not limited to):

  • Chocolate

  • Rat/Gopher Poison

  • Prescription drugs (please bring the label with you!)

  • Artificial Sweeteners (Xylitol)

  • Nicotine

  • Household cleaning products

  • Antifreeze


  • Certain household plants

  • Collapse/inability to stand/walk

  • Loss of balance or loss of consciousness

  • Seizure activities

  • Bleeding that does not stop within 5 minutes (please apply pressure while en route)

  • Bloody diarrhea

  • Heat Stroke

  • Heavy panting

  • Weakness

  • Elevated temperature

  • Hives and severe itching, especially combined with vomiting or lethargy

  • Inflammation, swelling, or recent injury to eye(s).

  • Foreign object ingestion