24 Hour Emergency Care

Encina Veterinary Hospital offers 24-hour emergency care if your pet is sick or injured and needs urgent care after hours. A doctor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you suspect that your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, call us at 925-937-5000, extension #1.

Our hospital is staffed overnight to provide around-the-clock monitoring and nursing care for all hospitalized patients; your pet is never alone. Having advanced diagnostic equipment and an intensive care unit (ICU) provides lifesaving measures especially when your pet has an emergency and time is of the essence.


Please note that these types of trauma usually require emergency medical attention and may threaten your pet’s life if not treated:

     Bleeding
     Bleeding from any part of the body; blood in feces or urine

     Coughing
     Severe, persistent coughing; choking sounds

     Diarrhea or Vomiting
     Continued or severe diarrhea or vomiting

     Difficulty breathing
     Shallow breathing; seems to be choking

     Difficulty giving birth

     Eye injury
     Redness; swelling; squinting; discharge

     Ingested toxin, poison, or foreign object
     Any household or garden chemical, human medicine, medicine overdose of any kind
     Swallowed rocks, bones, sharp objects, cloth material, string, etc.

     Injured
     Hit by a car; hurt by another animal; fallen from a great height

     In pain
     Pet is crying out

     Lethargic or non-responsive
     Cannot stand or move; not responding to voice or touch

     Lumps
     Lumps that are growing rapidly or are bleeding

     Trouble urinating
     Straining or painful urination

     Weight loss
     Dramatic or unexplained weight loss over a short period of time; not eating

Please use care when handling your pet if he or she has been injured. We encourage you to call us at 925-937-5000 before coming in so that we can prepare for your arrival. When you arrive at EVH, your pet will immediately be triaged so that we may determine his or her stability. If your pet needs to be hospitalized, the admitting veterinarian will discuss with you the proposed treatment plan.