Emergency Services

Emergency Services

If your life is like ours, emergencies tend to occur either as we are trying to get five different important things done or late in the evening as we are winding down from our day. All of a sudden a beloved pet has a mystery symptom or suffered an injury and you need your veterinarian to be available right away, not the next day.

Aviara Animal Health Center believes that an important part of being your family's veterinarian is making sure you are covered 24 hours per day/seven days per week should your pet need emergency care. During our regular business hours we are fully prepared to handle a wide range of emergencies. We do ask that you call prior to coming in, if possible, so that we can be prepared for your arrival or refer you to an emergency veterinary practice if your pet is suffering a particularly severe emergency.

For afterhours emergency care we have partnered with some nearby emergency specialty practices. These are:

Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG)
260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 377-6611

VCA California Veterinary Specialists - Carlsbad
2310 Faraday Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 431-2273

Veterinary Specialty Hospital
10435 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 875-7500

Veterinary Specialty Hospital
2055 Montiel Road, San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 466-0600

When to Seek Emergency Care

The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for a pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek out emergency care for your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute abdominal swelling
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Repetitive and prolonged seizures
  • Snake bites
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
  • Unable to urinate or defecate

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