Emergency Services



TEMPORARILY CLOSED:  Due to nationwide veterinary staffing shortages because of COVID-19, the Emergency Hospital is CLOSED.  We apologize for this closure and will resume normal hours as soon as possible.

For after hours emergency care in Stockton call All Creatures at 209-472-7387.   In Modesto call Standiford Vet at 209-577-3481.  In Tracy call Paws and Claws at 209-832-4444.  In Sacramento call VCA Mueller at 916-428-9202.

We provide after hours treatment of sick and injured animals on a walk-in basis. After receiving appropriate medical or surgical treatment, your pet will be sent home or directed to your family veterinarian for continued care. After discharge, a complete written report of your pet’s records will be faxed to their office.

Please note: Routine healthcare must be accessed at your primary care veterinary hospital.

Stray animals in need of emergency care are brought to us by animal control or Stockton police. Please call 209-952-8387 for assistance. We also examine stray animals brought to us by any person willing to assume financial responsibility for medical services.

Emergency Hours


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Emergency Examination

Following an initial examination by the veterinarian, diagnostic and treatment options are discussed and an estimate for anticipated medical services is provided. The initial examination fee will be collected before being seen by the doctor.
Critically injured or sick patients are evaluated upon arrival and treated immediately.

Laboratory Tests

A full array of laboratory tests, including CBC’s, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, blood gases, and urinalysis, can be run on site. The results can be complete within 30 minutes. We also run in-house tests for specific diseases such as parvo, pancreatitis, and Felv/FIV, that give us fast results during your pet’s appointment.


High speed digital radiography enables a rapid assessment of your pet’s condition. If necessary, these digital images can be electronically forwarded to a radiologist for evaluation. A CD of all images is provided to owners upon discharge of their pet.


Common emergency surgical procedures include gastric torsion (bloat), Caesarian section, intestinal foreign body, urethral obstruction, fox-tail removal, and wound repair. During surgery a sophisticated vital signs monitor is used to ensure the safety of every patient.

Hospitalized Care

Inpatient care may include any of the following: intravenous therapy, blood transfusion, pain management, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant therapy, anti-emetic and/or anti-diarrhea medication. Snakebites and toxicities are commonly treated. Oxygen cages are available for low blood oxygen patients. Hospitalized animals receive around-the-clock monitoring by the veterinarians and nursing staff.


Upon patient discharge, owners are given thorough aftercare instructions. A copy of your pet’s record is sent to the primary veterinarian’s office. Please consult with your veterinarian to continue appropriate medical care.

Payment Options

All hospitalized patients receive a written estimate of fees prior to services being administered. A deposit is required. Updated estimates are given as needed and additional deposits may be necessary. The entire balance must be paid before the patient is discharged.

Cash, checks, debit, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) are accepted.

Care Credit is also accepted. Please click below, or call 1-866-893-7864 to apply. (Applying on-line is much faster)

Please note: The person whose name is on the check, credit card, or care credit card must be present with a photo ID in order for us to accept that form of payment.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Pet Health Checker

Use our Pet Health Checker tool to help you decide if your pet’s symptoms require veterinary attention and how quickly that attention is needed. To get started, click on the dog or cat image to identify whether you have a dog or a cat, and then select your pet’s symptom to continue.

Note: The Pet Health Checker tool is designed to help you understand the level of urgency associated with seeking veterinary attention for your pet’s signs and symptoms. It does not provide diagnosis or treatment advice. Only a veterinarian who knows your pet can diagnose illness or disease. Please contact us if you’re concerned that your pet requires immediate attention.

Microchip Pet Identification Scanner

Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.

Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.

We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.

We highly highly encourage owners to get their pets chipped with their general practice vet. We have a microchip scanner and are able to check for a microchip.