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Where to Get 24 Hour Emergency Pet Care in La Jolla and San Diego?

An emergency involving your pet is no less frightening than one involving a child. Just like with a child, there are 24 hour emergency pet care options in La Jolla and in the San Diego area that can help you and your pet.

Your best bet is to locate the one that suits you and your pet plus is convenient to you and post their emergency number and location somewhere it can be easily found. This way, not only can you find it in an emergency, but should the emergency happen while you are away, your local pet sitter will know exactly what to do.

1. How Does It Work? Emergency vets near La Jolla work much the same way as they do for humans. The service you go to will usually have access to your pets records, if not, they will take a history there. Then they will provide you with the care that you need. Unlike human ERs, they are not open for walk in patients, but by calling the emergency number listed. Staff will meet you there. The La Jolla Animal Hospital provides emergency services in this manner.

2. What If I Have a Private Vet Without a 24 Hour Clinic? Veterinarians in the area often are associated with emergency clinics, or are part of the regular staff of a veterinary hospital. Dina Raichel DVM and Jean Spengel DVM both are private practitioners, but they are also a part of the staff at WindanSea. If you are a patient of theirs and have an emergency, they are connected already to the emergency services there. Many other vets and clinics, they will provide you with a 24 hour emergency number that will direct you to the emergency facility they use.

3. What If I Can't Afford Emergency Pet Services? You can get information from any of the veterinarians or veterinarian hospitals listed in our La Jolla Blue Book on how to enroll in a HSA for your pet. These function similarly to health savings accounts for people, but the amounts tend to be more flexible in rolling over and exchanges for services. By starting an HSA now, while your pet is healthy, you will be covered when they are older and may need emergency care.


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