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Emergency & Critical Care Veterinary Services for West San Jose CA Pets

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Emergency Services

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

United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency
Address: 5406 Thornwood Dr, San Jose CA
Phone: (408) 578-5622

United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency
Address: 905 Dell Ave, Campbell CA
Phone: (408) 371-6252
(open 24 hours)

United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency
Address: 601 Showers Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040
Phone: (650) 494-1461

SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care
Address: 907 Dell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Phone:(408) 343-7243
(open 24hours)

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.

Pet Poison Helpline
$35 fee per incident payable by credit card

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.

ASPCA-Animal Poison Control Center
$60 consultation fee payable by credit card

View a list of the most common poisonous plants available to your pets.↓


Common garden plants popular around Easter, Amaryllis species contain toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, and tremors.

Autumn Crocus

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.

Castor Bean

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.

English Ivy

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.

Sago Palm

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.

Tulip/Narcissus bulbs

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,