VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center


VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, we're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a full staff of top veterinarians, technicians and client care specialists who are ready to handle any situation requiring immediate medical attention. Whether your regular veterinarian's office is closed or you have been referred to us, we are prepared to care for your pet and handle all emergencies -from the minor to most complex.

Our highly trained emergency and critical care teams operate out of a dedicated suite where they have access to state-of-the-art equipment and are aided by the support of the center's entire interdisciplinary team of specialists-all working in concert to deliver the best, most expeditious treatment possible. Because pet medical emergencies can be stressful and traumatic for owners as well as their pets, we provide prompt, attentive personal service with a clear line of communication to the primary care veterinary and pet owner.

VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center’s Emergency and Critical Care Specialists can help in the event of a medical crisis. When every second counts, we're here and ready to assist you and your pet. For immediate medical assistance or for information, please call our center at 916-362-3111.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist with all of the following emergencies:

  • Traumatic injuries-fractures, bites, burns, lacerations
  • Automobile accidents
  • Wounds, bleeding
  • Known or suspected ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Respiratory emergencies, choking, difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Shock, loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness, staggering, tremors, inability to move, sudden weakness, unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking indicating a problem
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Toxin reactions, poison ingestion
  • Labor that does not progress and delivery problems
  • Blood in urine or feces or vomiting blood
  • Swollen, hard, painful abdomen
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Heatstroke

High-Tech Help: Our ICU’s Specialized Services and Equipment

Much of the same high-tech medical equipment that human doctors use to help critically ill humans is also available to help save injured or seriously ill pets. At VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, our Emergency and Critical Care team has access to all of the following cutting edge equipment and capabilities to help your pet recover:

  • 24-hour care and monitoring by veterinarians and veterinary technicians
  • Blood transfusions
  • Complete diagnostic lab for immediate test results
  • Blood gas analyzer and monitoring
  • Emergency surgery
  • Advanced imaging techniques including digital radiography, ultrasonography, MRI and CT
  • Supplemental oxygen therapy
  • Pulse oximetry, end-title CO2 (carbon dioxide) measurement, blood pressure, and continuous EKG monitoring
  • Continuous rate confusion for IV fluids and meds
  • Advanced pain management
  • Video-endoscopy
  • Nutritional support 

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.

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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.