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Central Coast Pet Hospital and Emergency

What is a Pet Emergency?

If you believe your pet is having an emergency situation that cannot wait for your primary veterinarian’s normal business hours, please immediately call us at (805) 489-6573 or simply come into our hospital.

What is a Pet Emergency?

Listed below are indications that your pet may require immediate medical care:

  • Difficulty breathing or labored breathing

  • Traumatic injuries – even if not immediately showing any signs:

    • Hit by car

    • Blunt force trauma

    • Falling from a height

    • Penetrating or puncture wounds

  • Collapse or inability to stand/walk, mobility issues

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Seizure activity

  • Bleeding

  • Heat stroke

  • Experiencing pain and/or weakness

  • Straining to urinate or defecate – Especially in male cats

  • Toxin ingestion – including but not limited to:

    • Chocolate

    • Rat/Gopher Poison

    • Prescription and non-prescription drugs

    • Household cleaning products

    • Xylitol (found in many chewing gums)

    • Certain household plants including lilies with cats

    • Antifreeze

  • Eye injuries or inflammation/swelling or sudden blindness

  • White or blue gums with lethargy

  • Diarrhea that is bloody or black

  • Retching or vomiting without producing anything

  • Distension of the abdomen