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Veterinary Emergency Care

At American Pet Hospital in Modesto our vets provide emergency vet care for cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and exotic small animals during our regular clinic hours.

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Daytime Emergency Vet Care

Our vets are here for your pet during our regular hours in case of a pet emergency. Outside of our regular business hours, please contact one of the emergency animal hospitals noted below. 

Contact American Pet Hospital

  • Monday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
  • Tuesday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
  • Wednesday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
  • Thursday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
  • Friday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
  • Saturday:09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Sunday:Closed

Call: (209) 549-8387

After-Hours Emergency Vets Near Modesto

If you are experiencing an emergency with your pet after hours, please contact one of the following veterinary animal hospitals.


Contact Standiford Veterinary Center 

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: 209-577-3481


Contact Taylor Road Vet

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: 209-669-8600

Veterinary Emergency Services

If your pet is experiencing any symptoms or behaviors that cause you concern, contact our office right away, or the after-hours emergency pet hospital location above. 

The caring and compassionate team at American Pet Hospital offers veterinary care for companion animals in most emergency situations. Pets are our passion, we take pride in providing quality medical care when your pet needs it most.

Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency

If you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps below.

  • Call Ahead If Possible - During regular business hours call us right away. After hours, call the emergency vet in Modesto listed above to let them know you are on the way.
  • Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency pet hospital know you are on your way, instructions may be provided to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable. Follow these instructions carefully.
  • Remain Calm - Remain calm and be extra careful around your pet. When an animal is in pain they often react negatively towards anyone trying to help and could bite or scratch.
  • Bring Your Pet In For Care - Do not put yourself at risk! Safely bring your pet to our Modesto veterinary clinic or the after-hours emergency vet location above.

Animal Emergency FAQs

Read through our most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing your pet in for an emergency vet appointment at American Pet Hospital

If you don't see the answer to your question below, contact us right away for more information.

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    American Pet Hospital provides emergency veterinary care for cats, dogs, birds and exotic companion animals during our regular clinic hours. It's always best to contact us in advance if you can, but we understand that in emergency situations that's not always possible. 

    If we are unable to fit your pet into our schedule, we recommend that you visit the after-hours emergency vet location shown above. 

  • When is your clinic open?

    Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:

    • Monday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
    • Tuesday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
    • Wednesday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
    • Thursday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
    • Friday:09:00 am - 09:00 pm
    • Saturday:09:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Sunday:Closed

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    The following situations are examples of emergencies that require immediate care:

    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Fractured bones
    • Severe lameness
    • Seizures
    • Staggering
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    • Loss of consciousness
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Our Modesto animal hospital is just like a doctor's office for people—it can be unpredictable and you may have to wait. 

    We have no way of predicting what cases we will see and when they will arrive. If possible, call ahead to find out whether we are able to provide emergency care for your dog or cat.

    If we are unable to fit an emergency appointment into our vet's schedule we recommend that you visit the 24/7 animal emergency hospital detailed above. 

  • What happens if my pet needs to stay in the hospital?

    Some veterinary emergencies require intensive overnight care. At American Pet Hospital we provide overnight care for animals in need.

    While in our care, our dedicated team will treat your pet as if they were our own.

  • What types of animals do you treat?

    Our emergency veterinarians primarily treat cats and dogs however we are also able to treat other small animals, such as birds, reptiles, rodents, and other small exotic pet companions. 

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