After-Hours Emergency Care
Stockton Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center
OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays
Emergency Veterinary Services
If your pet is experiencing any symptoms or behaviors that you are concerned about, contact our office right away, or the after-hours emergency pet hospital location above.
The reliable and compassionate team at American Veterinary Hospital offers veterinary care for pets in most emergency situations. Animals are our passion, we take pride in providing quality medical care when your pet needs it most.
Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency
If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.
- Please Call Ahead If Possible - Contact us straight away if a veterinary emergency develops during our regular business hours. If we are currently closed, our recommendation is that you contact the emergency animal hospital listed above
- Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, instructions may be provided outlining how best to apply first aid or otherwise make your pet comfortable. Follow these instructions carefully and with as little deviation as possible.
- Always Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra careful around your pet. When an animal is in pain they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and could bite or scratch. Our companion animals can sense when we are stressed, remaining calm will help them weather the emergency.
- Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to our Stockton veterinary clinic or the after-hours emergency animal hospital above.
Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at American Veterinary Hospital.
- Do I need to call ahead?
American Veterinary Hospital provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours. It's always best to contact us in advance if you can, but we understand that in emergency situations that's not always possible.
If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit the after-hours emergency vet location shown above.
- When is your clinic open?
Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:
- Monday: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm
- Tuesday: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm
- Wednesday: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm
- Thursday: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm
- Friday: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm
- Saturday: 07:00 am - 04:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed
- What situations require emergency veterinary care?
The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
- Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
- Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
- Fractured bones or severe lameness
- Seizures and/or staggering
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
- Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
- Injuries to the eye(s)
- Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
- Heat stress or heatstroke
- Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
- How long will we have to wait to see the vet?
Our Stockton animal hospital is no different than a human doctor's office when it comes to pet emergencies—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait.
We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive. If possible, you should call ahead to find out whether we are able to provide emergency care for your dog or cat.
If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend that you visit the 24/7 animal emergency hospital detailed above.
- What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?
Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. At American Veterinary Hospital we provide overnight care for animals in need.
While in our care, our dedicated team will treat your pet as if they were our own.
- What types of animals do you treat?
Our emergency veterinarians are mostly experienced with cats and dogs, if you have another type of pet please contact us--if we are not able to help, we will do our best to refer you to an emergency vet who can.