In Case of Emergency

If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please call (310) 542-8018, or come directly to the hospital, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Veterinary emergencies are unpredictable; that's why VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our veterinary support staff is always on duty to answer questions and direct your phone calls. Our receptionists will assess your concerns and help you determine whether your pet requires immediate medical attention.

With VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center, you can rest assured knowing that there is ‘round the clock emergency and critical care for your pet should they ever need it.  We are dedicated to providing compassionate, high quality emergency and critical care for your pet. We function as an extension of your primary veterinarian and understand that your pet is an important member of your family. To this end, we provide emergency and critical care services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A doctor is always on duty, with board certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine, cardiology and oncology available on call.

What is an emergency?

Contact your primary care veterinarian or come to the hospital immediately if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms in your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or choking
  • Disorientation, weakness, seizures or collapse
  • Body temperature less than 99°F or over 104°F
  • Frequent vomiting and/or diarrhea or evidence of blood in vomit or stool
  • Blood in urine or straining to urinate
  • Suspected ingestion of foreign object or poison
  • Snake bite
  • Bloating (swollen, hard abdomen)
  • Trauma (car accident, dog fight, fall, laceration)
  • Fractured limbs, swelling of joints, lameness, or paralysis
  • Difficulties during labor
  • Over-heating (heat stroke) or hypothermia
  • Bleeding from the nose, mouth and/or any uncontrollable bleeding

What to Expect During your Emergency Visit

When you arrive, a veterinary technician will check your pet’s vital signs and take a brief history prior to the emergency doctor examining your pet. If your pet is found to be in stable condition, you may be asked to wait in an exam room or the reception area and a veterinarian will be with you as soon as possible. The doctor will examine your pet and discuss treatment options.  

Please remember that our hospital frequently treats critical patients that require life-saving intervention. As in human emergency rooms, AVCC treats the most acute, life-threatening cases first. During extremely busy periods, more stable patients may need to wait while these critical cases are stabilized.  We do our best to keep wait times to a minimum, while still providing quality care. We ask for your patience during these wait periods as we assist critical patients and their families.

Our goal is to ensure that all pets receive compassionate and quality emergency care whenever the need arises. 

Communicating with You and Your Veterinarian

We understand that it can be a difficult time when your pet becomes critically ill or is injured; therefore, we do our best not only to care for your pet as if they were our own, but also to communicate with you and your referring veterinarian(s) every step of the way.  Our specialists will work in concert with your regular veterinarian to provide seamless care for your pet.

If your pet requires hospitalization, we understand that being separated from a beloved pet can be difficult and even traumatic for both of you. To best accommodate this special bond, we offer daily visiting hours on arrangement. We also provide written reports to your family veterinarian to keep him/her informed regarding the reason for admission, the proposed treatment plan and the prognosis.


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