Emergency & Poison Control

Emergency & Poison Control

When is it an Emergency?

Of course, it’s never wrong to call if you’re concerned about your pet. You know your pet best, so if something seems off in his behavior or something just doesn’t seem right, feel free to contact us! If we’re not in the office, you can contact one of the emergency offices listed below and their staff can help you assess your pet’s condition and if you need to come in right away, or wait for our regular hours to be seen.

Definite Emergencies

  • Not breathing
  • Unconscious/ not responding
  • Broken bones
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding
  • Straining or unable to urinate
  • Collapse/ inability to stand
  • Injury to your pet’s eyes or sudden onset blindness
  • Your pet’s abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch, and/or your pet seems to be nauseated but unable to vomit.
  • Your pet is showing signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, and refusing to socialize
  • You believe your pet has ingested a toxic substance, such as antifreeze, rat poison or other pesticides, any medication that wasn’t prescribed to her, or household cleaners. You can contact the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 466-4435 (a fee may apply)

Emergency Hospitals

These facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and on all holidays. Their staff is on hand to deal with emergencies when we are not able to be in the office. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, go to the nearest open hospital.

California Veterinary Specialists – Carlsbad
(760) 431-2273
2310 Faraday Ave,
Carlsbad, Ca 92008

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

Animal Urgent Care – Escondido
(760) 738-9600
2430-A South Escondido Blvd
Escondido, Ca 92025

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

 Phone Number: 888-426-4435

Melrose Veterinary Hospital

1680 South Melrose Dr. Suite 104
Vista, California 92081

Phone: 760-727-5151
Fax: 855-287-5760
If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment a 24-hour notice is required. If less then 24 hours notice is given a nonrefundable deposit will be required to schedule future appointments.


Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday 8:30am - 4:00pm

Sunday Closed