Emergency & Critical Care Veterinary Services for West San Jose CA Pets
There are two types of emergencies in veterinary care: during business hours and after hours.
During business hours, you may simply bring your pet to our clinic for emergency care. Your pet will be evaluated in triage immediately and, if needed, referred to the appropriate services at once.
Should your pet require critical care, either during an emergency or post-surgery, we provide highly trained staff and the most modern equipment available to your animal companion. These services include oxygen cages, CPR, and emergency surgery as needed.
After business hours, we refer to our local emergency clinics but one of our veterinarians is always on call to answer urgent questions, give advice about home care, determine the need for a trip to the emergency room, or communicate with the ER doctor.
Instructions for paging the veterinarian on call are on our voicemail–simply call (408) 996-1155.
Recommended Resources for After Hours Pet Emergency Services
Animal Poison Control Information
If you suspect your pet is suffering from a type of poisoning, there are several options for assistance. While these services charge a fee and require a credit card for service, they are experienced and knowledgeable about all types of poisonings.
The Pet Poison Helpline is a nationwide (now also serving Canada) 24-hour service available to pet guardians and veterinary professionals requiring assistance with a potentially poisoned pet. They have the ability to help every pet, with all types of poisoning, 24 hours a day. Their knowledge and expertise will put your mind at ease when dealing with a potential emergency.
Animal Poison Hotline
$35 fee per incident payable by credit card
The Animal Poison Hotline is sponsored by North Shore Animal League America and PROSAR International Animal Poison Center (IAPC). PROSAR IAPC is staffed 24 hours a day with licensed veterinary professionals as well as experts in toxicology and pharmacology. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Common garden plants popular around Easter, Amaryllis species contain toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, and tremors.
Ingestion of Colchicum autumnale by pets can result in oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage, and bone marrow suppression.
Members of the Rhododenron spp. contain substances known as grayantoxins, which can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness, and depression of the central nervous system in animals. Severe azalea poisoning could ultimately lead to coma and death from cardiovascular collapse.
The poisonous principle in Ricinus communis is ricin, a highly toxic protein that can produce severe abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, weakness, and loss of appetite. Severe cases of poisoning can result in dehydration, muscle twitching, tremors, seizures, coma, and death.
These popular blooms are part of the Compositae family, which contain pyrethrins that may produce gastrointestinal upset, including drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea, if eaten. In certain cases, depression and loss of coordination may also develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.
Cylamen species contain cyclamine, but the highest concentration of this toxic component is typically located in the root portion of the plant. If consumed, Cylamen can produce significant gastrointestinal irritation, including intense vomiting. Fatalities have also been reported in some cases.
Also called branching ivy, glacier ivy, needlepoint ivy, sweetheart ivy, and California ivy, Hedera helix contains triterpenoid saponins that, should pets ingest, can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, and diarrhea.
This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.
Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that even with ingestions of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result.
Ingestion of Cannabis sativa by companion animals can result in depression of the central nervous system and uncoordination, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and even seizures and coma.
All parts of Nerium oleander are considered to be toxic, as they contain cardiac glycosides that have the potential to cause serious effects–'including gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia, and even death.
Peace Lily (aka Mauna Loa Peace Lily)
Spathiphyllum contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, and intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, and tongue in pets who ingest.
Pothos (both Scindapsus and Epipremnum) belongs to the Araceae family. If chewed or ingested, this popular household plant can cause significant mechanical irritation and swelling of the oral tissues and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.
All parts of Cycas Revoluta are poisonous, but the seeds or "nuts" contain the largest amount of toxin. The ingestion of just one or two seeds can result in very serious effects, which include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures, and liver failure.
Schefflera and Brassaia actinophylla contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, and intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, and tongue in pets who ingest.
The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions, and cardiac abnormalities.
Taxus spp. contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, incoordination, and difficulty breathing. It also can cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.
Information acquired from ASPCA, www.aspca.org.