At River Oak Veterinary Hospital, we provide urgent veterinary care during our regular hospital hours for after hours emergency care please visit one an emergency hospital listed below.

Daytime Urgent Care

Contact River Oak Veterinary Hospital


  • Monday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
  • Tuesday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
  • Wednesday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
  • Thursday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
  • Friday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
  • Saturday:Closed
  • Sunday:Closed

Call: (209) 869-3692

After Hours Emergency Care

 Standiford Veterinary Center

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: 209-577-3481

Taylor Veterinary Hospital

OPEN: Evenings, Weekends & Holidays

Call: 209-669-8600

Emergency Veterinary Services

If your pet is experiencing any symptoms or behaviors which are causing you concern, contact our veterinary hospital as soon as possible or the after-hours emergency pet hospital locations listed above.

The reliable and compassionate team at River Oak Veterinary Hospital offers veterinary care for pets in most emergency situations. Animals 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 our regular business hours, contact us immediately. If it is outside of these hours, call either of the emergency animal hospitals listed above to inform them that you are on your way.
  • Follow Instructions Provided - When you call to let the emergency vets know that you are on your way, they may provide you with instructions to help you apply first aid or otherwise make your pet as comfortable as possible. Make sure you're careful to follow them.
  • 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 Riverbank veterinary hospital or the after-hours emergency vet location above.

Emergency FAQs

Read through some of the most frequently asked questions below to learn more about bringing in your pet for an emergency appointment at River Oak Veterinary Hospital.

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    At River Oak Veterinary Hospital, we provide emergency and urgent veterinary care for pets during our regular hospital hours. It is always best to contact us in advance, but if you can't, we know that in emergency situations that isn't 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 hospital open?

    Our veterinarians see emergency cases during our regular business hours:

    • Monday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Tuesday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Wednesday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Thursday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Friday:07:30 am - 05:30 pm
    • Saturday:Closed
    • Sunday:Closed

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

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

    • Unconsciousness
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Bleeding from the 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
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Sudden, no weight bearing lameness
    • Extreme pain or extreme anxiety
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Just like a human doctor's office, our veterinary hospital can have unpredictable wait times or busyness.

    We aren't able to perfectly predict what cases we will see and when they will arrive. So if it is 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 River Oak Veterinary Hospital we are not a 24-hour staffed hospital.

    Depending on the level of care your pet needs our doctors will discuss with you the level of care your pet may require and possibly have your pet transported to one of the 24-hour facilities for continued care. 

  • What types of animals do you treat?

    Our emergency veterinarians are highly experienced in caring for cats and dogs in urgent and emergency situations. 

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