La Mesa: Call us at 619-462-4800 | Directions

South County: Call us at 619-462-4802 | Directions


In the event that your pet experiences an injury or requires immediate healthcare attention, please follow these guidelines:

Do not panic – remain calm


Protect yourself from injury

Pets in pain may scratch or bite. You may want to carefully wrap a large towel around your pet.

If there is a chance of back or neck injury

Carefully place your pet on a wooden board or padded ironing board and minimize movement during transportation.

If there is active bleeding

Apply direct pressure to any area with active bleeding.

If you suspect poisoning

Seek immediate treatment and bring any product packaging.

Call your family veterinarian

They can give you advice in any possible emergency situation.

Call the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center

We can provide you with information and instructions.

For your pet’s safety, please post our number for future reference. In some emergency situations, minutes may count. We welcome any questions concerning your pet’s health. Our experienced staff is available around the clock to assist you. Please see driving directions and contact information for both of our hospitals here.


How to Recognize A Pet Emergency

You know your pet better than anyone — however, pets may be good at hiding pain and signs of illness. Here are some signs to watch for that may indicate the need for a veterinarian visit, or a possible emergency:

  • A dramatic increase in respiratory rate.
  • Changes in gum color, from healthy pink to white, yellow or gray.
  • Unusual changes in behavior, such as aggression or unresponsiveness.
  • Dramatic shifts in appetite, thirst, or weight.
  • Unusual urination or stools.

Contact Us

Pet Emergency & Specialty Center

La Mesa

5232 Jackson Drive, Suite 105 Jackson Square Center La Mesa, CA 91942

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

South County

885 Canarios Court, Suite 108 Chula Vista, CA 91910

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week