Emergency Pet Care

Your pet should not have to wait to be seen if they have an emergency. Antioch Veterinary Hospital makes every emergency a priority and will work with you to not only ensure that your pet is seen right away but to give you peace of mind as well. The unpredictable nature of medical emergencies means that our team* is prepared to deal with the unexpected any day of the week during opening hours.

*Our Deer Valley location is open 7 days a week

Signs of an Emergency

Sometimes, the signs that a pet is having an emergency are subtle, but one thing is for sure—they can vary widely.

  • Having trouble breathing
  • Crying out or even becoming aggressive when touched (could be a sign of serious pain)
  • No eating or drinking for the last 24 hours
  • Sleeping most of the day
  • Unable to stand or walk
  • Shaking uncontrollably
  • Collapse
  • Walking gingerly and holding head at an angle
  • Unable to pass stool or urine
  • Bleeding from nose, ears, or rectum
  • Has had vomiting and/or diarrhea more than once over the last 24 hours
  • Possibility of broken bones
  • Trauma from an accident or animal attack
  • Fever
  • Lethargy

For After-Hours Care

If we happen to be closed for the day, please know that you can reach out to East Bay Veterinary Emergency for 24-hour emergency services Monday through Sunday.

East Bay Veterinary Emergency

Phone: (925) 754-5001
1312 Sunset Ave.
Antioch, CA 94509

Our After-Hours Phone Answering Service

Your pet should always have access to care if a medical emergency arises. GuardianVets offers 24/7 support to help pets get the care they need after hours.

  • If you call our hospital after hours, you'll be connected with a licensed GuardianVets professional at no cost.
  • Your issue will be triaged and either redirected back to our hospital or forwarded to VCA East Bay Veterinary Emergency.
  • If you take your pet to the emergency hospital, we'll receive email notification of your pet's emergency visit.
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