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Emergency Veterinary Care

Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours.

Daytime Emergency Vet Care

Our vets are here for your pet during our regular hours in case of an emergency. Outside of our regular business hours, please contact one of the emergency animal hospitals noted below. 

Contact Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center

  • Monday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Friday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Call: 858-279-3000


After-Hours Emergency Vets Near San Diego

Experiencing an after-hours emergency with your pet? Please contact one of the following veterinary animal hospitals.

VCA Animal Specialty Group

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: 858-560-8006


Veterinary Specialty Hospital Sorrento Valley

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: 858-875-7500


Emergency Veterinary Services

If your pet is exhibiting any behaviors or symptoms that you are concerned about, contact our office right away, or the after-hours emergency pet hospital locations above. 

Our reliable and compassionate team at Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center offers veterinary care for pets in most emergency situations. Animals are our passion, we take pride in providing quality medical care when your pet needs it most.

Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency

If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.

  • Call Ahead If Possible - During regular business hours call us right away. After hours, call the emergency animal hospital listed above to let them know you are on the way.
  • Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, instructions may be provided to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable as possible. Follow these instructions carefully.
  • Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra careful around your pet. When an animal is in pain they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and could bite or scratch.
  • Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to our San Diego veterinary clinic or the after-hours emergency vet location above.

Emergency FAQs

Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency appointment at Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center provides emergency and urgent veterinary care for cats and dogs during our regular clinic hours. It's always best to contact us in advance if you can, but we understand that in emergency situations that's not always possible. 

    If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit the after-hours emergency vet location shown above. 

  • When is your clinic open?

    Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:

    • Monday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
    • Tuesday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
    • Wednesday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
    • Thursday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
    • Friday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
    • Saturday: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm
    • Sunday: Closed
     

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:

    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    • Unconsciousness
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Our San Diego animal hospital is just like a human doctor's office—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait. 

    We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive. If possible, call ahead to find out whether we are able to provide emergency care for your dog or cat.

    If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend that you visit the 24/7 animal emergency hospital detailed above. 

  • What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?

    Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. At Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center we refer animals in need of overnight care services to other local 24-hour emergency pet hospitals. 

  • What types of animals do you treat?

    Our emergency veterinarians are mostly experienced with cats and dogs.

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New Patients Welcome

Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of San Diego companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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