We are committed to caring for your pet – while maintaining the highest level of safety for our Associates and pet owners. We thank you for your continued patience and support. Learn more about our COVID-19 response and guidelines.
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There is an outbreak of Canine Influenza in dogs which is very contagious. If your dog is coughing, sneezing, lethargic or has a runny nose, consider seeking veterinary care. We do not offer the vaccine at this location. Please contact your regular veterinarian for more information.
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In our hospital’s state-of-the-art ICU, we have the capability of doing intermittent or continuous central venous pressures to estimate blood volume in our patients. We are also capable of doing continuous EKG so that we can monitor for arrhythmias in our patients under anesthesia for surgical, endoscopic, and dental procedures. Continuous EKG monitoring is also performed for patients with heart disease and critical patients in our ICU, and for patients that are heavily sedated for procedures such as laceration repairs and other minor surgeries.
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Emergency & Critical Care

The Emergency Department at VCA Animal Specialty Group is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you feel your pet has an emergency, please call us or come in immediately. Our phone number is (858) 560-8006 and we are located at 5610 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite B, San Diego, 92111.

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Signs of heatstroke
  • Rattlesnake bite
  • Bleeding
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in the feces or urine
  • Swollen, hard abdomen that is painful to the touch
  • Serious wound
  • Suspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Signs of heatstroke

While an emergency is unfolding, or throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident, ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic care and constant monitoring of your pet's condition may be required. Our facility offers 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets. We are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support. Our facility also has advanced diagnostic capabilities onsite, such as ultrasound and echocardiography.

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations may require the care of an emergency hospital. We work in tandem with your general practitioner veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with our hospital's Internal Medicine, Surgery and Neurology specialists, until the emergency is resolved. In some cases, your pet will only be referred to the emergency service for after hours care. In other cases, your pet may be in the care of our emergency department for the duration of the emergency and recovery, but then referred back to your general practitioner veterinarian for follow up and routine care.  

Our Emergency & Critical Care Services

Aggressive Analgesia
Continuous ECG Monitoring and Telemetry
Direct Blood Pressure monitoring
Nasal and Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy

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