VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center

Overnight Monitoring

VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center
Process For Referring Cases for Basic Overnight Monitoring Package

We are happy to provide a Basic Overnight Monitoring package for appropriate cases. These are cases which are in need of basic monitoring and observation, but do not need in-depth care.

Basic Overnight Monitoring Includes:
• Admit Examination
• Fluid Pump
• Hospitalization
• Monitoring
• Up to 2 injections
• Oral medication administration
• Release back to you in the morning by 8am. We will not be discharging from our facility unless the patient comes with written discharge instructions and medications already scripted to go home.

Appropriate Cases for Overnight Monitoring Include:
• Stable Post-op Cases
• Chronic Renal Failure Cases so as to maintain on 24 hour IV fluids
• Able to be transferred back to you by 8am
• Simple Gastroenteritis Cases on IV fluids
• OVH/neuter- concerned about bleeding complications (estimate does not include blood work monitoring)

Examples of Cases Which Should Be Referred, rather than Sent for Monitoring:
• Oxygen dependant animals
• GDVs
• Splenectomy/Hemoabdomen
• Animals being referred over for Other In Depth/Specialty Consultations that need more work up and diagnostics

The overnight monitoring does not include blood pressure, telemetry, pulse ox monitoring or any blood work performed. These tests will be additional if needed and authorized by the client. The basic package will include 2 injections and oral medication administration if the owners bring their own medications; additional injections will be at an additional charge.

In order to send a case to us:
1) Quote your client approximately $250-300 for the overnight care
2) Contact our emergency DVM staff directly to discuss the case
3) Fill out the attached Pre-Admission form and prepare copies of records to send with the client
4) Send the patient over with necessary medications, fluids, and with a patent, sterile IV catheter in place
5) Written discharge instructions and medications to go home if expecting us to discharge the patient in the morning.

Overnight Monitoring Referral Form


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

Find a VCA General Care Animal Hospital near you:


See all VCA Animal Hospitals >


Emergency Care

We are located at 9801 Old Winery Place in Sacramento. Our hospital is open 24 hours a day every day to help care for your emergency needs. Our emergency fee is $135. If you are planning to come in on emergency, please call (916)362-3111 so that we are ready for you.

If your pet has swallowed a medication or toxic substance, you can call Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 for the most up to date information and immediate assistance. The cost of the service is $65.