Emergency Services

The doctors and staff at Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital understand that medical emergencies for a beloved pet can, and often do, happen outside of normal business hours. This is why our medical staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make sure you and your pets have access to the best emergency care possible from a team that knows your pet and his/her medical history.
For emergencies, if possible, please call (661) 327-4444 in advance so we can prepare for your arrival.

When Should I Seek Emergency Care for My Pet?

The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your pet is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait. However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care for your pet:
• Difficulty breathing
• Acute abdominal swelling
• Electric shock
• Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
• Bleeding
• Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
• Seizures
• Sudden onset of weakness
• High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
• Inability to urinate or defecate