24 Hour Emergency Care

Encina Veterinary Hospital (EVH) offers 24-hour emergency care any time your pet is sick, injured, or needs urgent care after hours through the branch of the hospital called East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency (EBVS). If you are concerned that your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, call us any time at (925) 937-5000. A veterinarian is on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our hospital is staffed overnight to provide both around-the-clock monitoring and nursing care for all hospitalized patients, as well as life-saving capabilities during critical emergencies.

It is helpful to call ahead so that we can prepare for your arrival. When you arrive, your pet will immediately be triaged by the staff and if care is required, the admitting veterinarian will discuss with you the recommended treatment plan.


Examples of cases requiring emergency care:

     • Bleeding: wounds that do not stop bleeding, deep laceration, nose bleeds, blood in urine or feces, coughing up blood

     • Coughing: persistent cough, especially if associated with rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, lethargy, low appetite, choking sounds

     • Difficulty breathing: increased rate or effort of breathing, cats breathing with an open mouth

     • Difficulty giving birth: straining, more than 1 hour between babies, inability to give birth

     • Ingestion of toxins or foreign objects: household chemicals, rat/snail bait, human medications, grapes, raisins, chocolate, drugs, inappropriate medication ingestion or overdoses, ingestion of strings, balls, toys, etc.

     • Injuries: trauma, falls, automobile accidents, attacks from other animals

     • Pain: symptoms can include severe panting, crying/moaning, or reluctance to move

     • Eye injuries: red or swollen eyes, significant discharge from eyes, holding eye(s) closed

     • Lethargy: reluctance or inability to move or get up, decrease in responsiveness

     • Difficulty urinating: straining to urinate, blood in the urine, frequent attempts to urinate with little production