Emergencies


Covington Creek Veterinary Hospital is a small animal hospital for dogs and cats only. We currently have one doctor.

For current clients with an emergency, we will make every effort to see you. Please call us first if possible. Current clients are those people that bring their pets to our hospital for regular care, annual visits, vaccines, etc.

We see non-clients on emergency during working hours if there is available space in the schedule.

There are certain rare situations where we may not be able to see emergencies. Our doctor can not typically step away from performing surgery or working on an existing emergency patient, for example.

When we are closed, the contact number for emergencies is our main phone number, 707-964-6109. Due to having one doctor who is on call 365 days a year, we limit after-hours emergency visits to current clients only.

For optimal care for your pet, you may be referred to a 24 hour facility, most commonly PetCare in Santa Rosa, 707-579-3900. If you are not a current client and we are closed, you should call that number or your regular veterinarian.

WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY?

While it is impossible to list every single type of emergency you might encounter with your pet this list covers the most common ones.

Our clients should call us right away if they note any of the following things with their dogs or cats.

If you are in doubt as to whether something is an emergency or not, it is best to call.

  • Significant trauma, such as being hit by a car, an object or a large fall.
  • No breathing or you can’t feel a heartbeat.
  • More than mild trouble breathing.
  • Choking.
  • Unconsciousness.
  • Vomiting any more than 2 times within 12 hours or any amount of blood in vomit.
  • Broken bones.
  • Seizures.
  • More than mild bleeding from any area of the body.
  • Possible ingestion of any sort of poison or medication not prescribed for your pet (or an overdose of medication prescribed for your pet).
  • Poisonous bites (insect, snake, scorpion, etc.).
  • Straining to urinate, or inability to urinate, particularly in male cats.
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining, yelping or shaking.
  • Collapse or suddenly can’t get up.
  • Paralysis.
  • Irritation or injury to the eyes.
  • Abdomen is swollen or bloated and hard to the touch.
  • Heatstroke – Click for more info
  • Pregnant dog or cat is in labor (abdominal contractions) more than four hours between delivering puppies or kittens.
  • Electric shock.