Critical Care

Critical Pet Care from your top Vista, CA Veterinarian

No pet owner ever wants to imagine their cherished family member requiring emergency medical care, but accidents happen and illnesses can show up unexpectedly. The best thing you can do is be prepared ahead of time and know where to call or go if your pet is in sudden need of immediate medical attention.

The team at Palomar Animal Hospital is ready 7 days a week to assist you and your pet if emergency attention is needed. We are well-equipped and fully prepared to handle most critical cases in a timely and efficient manner. Whether it’s delivering first aid, performing emergency surgery or getting the diagnostics needed, we’ll get the situation under control as quickly as possible and do whatever it takes to improve the chances of a positive outcome.

Some common signs of a pet emergency include, but are not limited to:

difficulty breathing
vomiting or diarrhea that contains blood or lasts more than 24 hours
broken bones
lacerations, open wounds or bite punctures
traumatic injury, i.e. fall or vehicle trauma
ingestion of a foreign object or toxic substance
swollen or painful abdomen
difficulty or bloody urination

Our critical care services are available any time during our open hours 7 days a week. It is ideal to phone ahead to let us know you are on your way so we can be better prepared for the situation and your pet’s potential needs. If the situation is too critical to allow for a phone call,just head on down to the hospital for immediate attention. For emergency situations that occur when our hospital is closed, we are able to provide referrals to either a local specialty hospital or emergency clinic that are open 24 hours a day.

We certainly hope you and your pet never have the need for emergency veterinary care, but it’s good to know you have a compassionate place to go if the need should suddenly arise. 

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