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24/7 Emergency Vet in Orange County

Having a Pet Emergency in Orange County?

At Veterinary Medical And Surgical Group–OC (VMSG-OC), our Intensive Care Unit offers the services of a Board-Certified Critical Care Specialist and veterinarians specially trained in emergency medicine. We provide 24/7 urgent care, emergency diagnostics and urgent surgical intervention for pets in need. 

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Animal Emergency FAQs

Emergency veterinary care is the treatment of animals in situations that require immediate attention, or could potentially be life-threatening.

  • What is considered an emergency?

    The following situations are considered emergencies, and require immediate care. If your pet has had an accident or is experiencing any of these symptoms get them to our office straight away. 

    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Choking, difficulty breathing or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in urine
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • You know or suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; more than two episodes in 24-hours
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    • Unconsciousness
  • What emergency services do you offer?

    Our emergency veterinary clinic offers state-of-the-art emergency care for your four-legged family members and is equipped to provide hospitalization, specialized diagnostics, and complete surgical services.

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    It always is best to call us ahead if you can, but we understand that in emergency situations that's not always possible.

    If the situation does not allow time for you to call, please do not hesitate to bring your pet to our clinic for immediate attention.

  • When is your emergency clinic open?

    We are open 24/7 for 365 days a year. 

  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    A veterinary emergency hospital is just like a human emergency department—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait. 

    We cannot predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive, but we will prioritize cases by their medical needs.

    We provide a comfortable area for waiting and we will do our best to keep you updated about wait times and the status of your pet. 

  • Will you keep in touch with our primary care veterinarian?

    Yes, we keep your primary care veterinarian updated with your pet’s medical history and files to ensure seamless, integrated care.

Board-Certified Veterinary Critical Care Specialist

A critical care cpecialist is a board-certified veterinary specialist in emergency and critical care. This person is dedicated to treating life-threatening conditions, from illness to trauma.

Meet Dr. Heidi Schulze       Meet Dr. Chelsea Kunst

What To Do In A Pet Emergency

We understand that emergencies can be stressful for you and your pet. Knowing what to expect at our emergency veterinary clinic will make the process easier for both of you. 

STEP 1
Call Ahead If You Can

In an emergency, we know you may not be able to call us, but if you can it’s always best.

If you have time, you can also complete our New Patient Form in advance. 

New Patient Form

STEP 2
Get To Our Hospital Quickly

You will be escorted to an exam room and asked to complete our New Patient Form if you have not already done so. 

A veterinary technician will triage your pet, before a veterinarian completes a full exam. 

STEP 3
Determine Treatment

Once your pet has been assessed, our veterinarians will formulate a treatment plan so they can receive the best possible care. 

We'll also keep your primary care veterinarian updated with your pet’s medical history, files and treatment plan.

New Patients Welcome

Veterinary Medical And Surgical Group–OC (VMSG-OC) accepts new clients to our specialty services and 24/7 emergency services.

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949-201-4100