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Emergency & Critical Care

We’re Open 24 Hours a Day

24-hours a day, every day of the year, VSEC provides expert emergency and critical care with industry leading specialists and dedicated emergency doctors available to handle even the most complex illnesses or injuries. And we do it with a heavy dose of compassion – because that’s what our animal companions deserve, and what you, their family should be afforded.

At VSEC, all veterinarians working in the Emergency Room have devoted their practice to caring for animals in emergent and/or critical situations. With no interns or residents, your pet will always be cared for by highly experienced professionals who are accustomed to treating a wide variety of conditions. Our ER team is supported by board-certified specialists in veterinary emergency & critical care, internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, and dentistry, with direct access to specialty colleagues as needed.

No appointment is needed. Please call ahead at 805.492.2436, if you can, so that we may prepare for your arrival. And let us know if you will need assistance transporting your pet from the car. We’re here to help.

If your pet experiences any of the following, please seek immediate care –

  • Abnormal behavior that you’re worried about – e.g., acting aloof or particularly clingy
  • Anxiety or restlessness – often a sign of pain or a GDV (bloat)
  • Bleeding
  • Coughing – inability to rest through the night
  • Collapse – unable to move, walk, dragging the back legs
  • Crying out in pain
  • Difficulty breathing – blue gums, coughing, panting, stretching head and neck while breathing
  • Difficulty in labor and delivery
  • Distended, “bloated” abdomen – non-productive retching can be a sign of GDV (bloat)
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Heat exhaustion or stroke
  • Pale gums – which is often seen with internal bleeding or anemia
  • Poisoning or toxin ingestion
  • Snake bite
  • Squinting, bulging, bleeding, or painful eyeballs
  • Straining to urinate or defecate
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Trauma – hit by car, fall, involved in a fight
  • Vomiting more than two or three times
  • Anything that makes you worried

For more information on the training and credentials of emergency and critical care veterinarians, please visit the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC).