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Pet Crisis: When to Call, Where to Go & What to Do During a Veterinary Emergency


At Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital, we handle any emergency or urgent care for our clients as a top priority. As an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital, we recommend you come in immediately for emergency care if your pet:

  • Stopped breathing or you can’t feel a heartbeat
  • Experienced a trauma, such as being hit by a car or surviving a fall
  • Is unconscious
  • Is vomiting or has diarrhea for more than 24 hours or is vomiting blood
  • Has any broken bones
  • Is having trouble breathing or has something stuck in the throat
  • Experiences a seizure
  • Bleeds from eyes, nose, or mouth, or has blood in the urine or feces
  • Ingests something toxic such as antifreeze, rat poison, household cleansers, or medications
  • Is straining to urinate or is unable to urinate
  • Shows signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, or withdrawal
  • Collapses or can’t stand up
  • Becomes disoriented
  • Has irritation or injury to the eyes or sudden blindness
  • Is gagging, trying to vomit, or the abdomen is swollen
  • Seems to have heatstroke
  • Is struggling to deliver her babies

Emergency Actions

If you suspect a serious problem, call our hospital. In an unfamiliar city, look in the phone book or online for “Veterinarians” and call the nearest emergency hospital.

We recommend the emergency hospitals listed below for after-hours care.

When bringing your pet in for emergency treatment, make sure you know where you’re going and how to get your pet there safely. If you have any questions about directions or how to move your ill or injured pet, call the hospital and ask.

Before an Emergency Happens: Prepare

The best way to deal with pet emergencies is to prepare for them.

  • The next time you bring your pet in for a wellness visit, ask us what you should do in case of emergency.
  • Keep our name and number programmed into your cell phone or on an emergency sheet near the home phone. This way, you won’t have to search for the information under pressure.
  • Have a list of pet first aid tips easily accessible, along with guidelines for human first aid and the poison control numbers for pets and people.

Our veterinary professionals are here for you—never hesitate to call us.

After-Hours Pet Emergencies

We see emergencies during our normal business hours. After hours, we recommend the following:

Eagle Rock Emergency Pet Clinic
4254 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 254-7382

Eagle Rock Emergency Pet Clinic provides emergency care from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays, from noon Saturday until Monday at 8 a.m., and 24 hours per day on holidays.

ASEC Animal Specialty and Emergency Center
1535 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 473-5906

ASEC is a 24-hour, full-service specialty and emergency veterinary center with board-certified specialists and 24-hour critical care. It is one of the largest referral and specialty hospitals in the country.

Best vet ever anywhere.”

- Michael D.

I not only like the Crescenta Valley Vet Hospital, I like the people who run it!!”

- Elizabeth G.

You folks are the best, thanks for taking such good care of our 4 legged children”

- Helen L.

THANK YOU to the doctors and staff at CV for being so caring and patient, with animals and humans!! :) We love u!!”

- Dantes and family!!

These guys are fantastic. The staff are so friendly and helpful, you couldn't want a better place to take your loved ones for care. I wish hospitals were this good!!!”

- Virginia C.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your care and concern. We are fortunate to have you.”

- Sparky & Martha

CVVH not only strives to provide the best medical care for your pets, but they also educate pet owners on how they can be proactive in creating a quality lifestyle for their pets."

- John C.

Thanks so much for the years of care & treatment for Buddy & Bruin. You and your staff are the best!"

- Chris L.