21st Century Emergency + Specialty Care

The future of veterinary medicine is here in San Mateo County.

Just as human healthcare advances, so does care for our animal family members. Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital works to provide you the most advanced medical care available in veterinary medicine today. From joint replacement, arthroscopy, and minimally invasive surgeries to the latest advances in interventional radiology, anesthesia monitoring, and diagnostic imaging, our goal is to offer our animal companions the same technological and medical advances available in human healthcare.

Changing how people think about veterinary specialty care.

Our mission statement says it all: we will provide every patient with the same level of compassion and care we would provide our own pets. This holds true for the companions of the patients as well. We know that during difficult times, pet owners need support and encouragement as well as medical advice. We seek to provide not only the medical expertise to get your animal friends back on their feet, but the emotional support to help make your decisions a little easier.

The Bay Area’s top-rated emergency facility, open every day, all day, all the time.

We never close. From a broken nail at 8AM to an auto accident at 2AM, we are here for you and your pets when you need us most. Delivering the most advanced care to San Francisco and the Peninsula, Nor Cal Vet is committed to providing not only medical, but also personal support when problems arise- no matter what time it is.

Location, location, location.

Located in Daly City overlooking the 280 freeway, Nor Cal Vet is positioned within easy reach of the entire northern SF Peninsula. With easy access from 19th Ave, the 280, and the 101, Nor Cal Vet is the easiest and most accessible veterinary emergency clinic in the region. With over 60 parking spaces, easy on/off freeway access, and the Daly City BART station just 2 blocks away, accessibility is effortless. On a personal level we are accessible too! Our love for animals is why we are here; our goal is to make you feel at home and welcome regardless of your reason for visiting. Making sure you are a part of the decision making team for your pet’s care is one of the many ways we work to make you feel at home.

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    How Your Emotions Affect Your Pet

    You have probably heard of pets being emotional aid companions. The reason being is that animals can pick up on the emotion’s humans are feeling, and they can generally help to calm these issues or alert to an oncoming emotional episode. Because pets are so susceptible to the emotions of humans, this also means that…

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    Most Pet Owners Are Not Prepared for a Pet Emergency

    Are you prepared for a medical emergency? Do you have insurance, a first aid kit, your doctor’s number located in a convenient place should the need arise? Most people have emergency plans mapped out and are ready should anyone in their home get hurt. Did you think about your pet in this plan? Most pet…

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    Should You Call 911 for a Pet Emergency?

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    Common Pet Emergencies

    Pet owners would know that taking care of a pet isn’t all fun and games, but a huge responsibility. You do not only need to provide your ball of fur with the much-needed cuddles and belly rubs. You also need to take the utmost care to make sure they are in the best of health.…

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    First Aid for Pets – Important Information for When an Emergency Happens

    Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital provides exceptional emergency veterinary services, but there are times you have to act immediately to save your pet and then bring him or her into the clinic. Human first aid courses are plentiful, have you ever considered some pet first aid training? Until you can find such a…

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    What You Need to Know About Stocking a First Aid Kit for Your Pet

    Almost every home has a first aid kit for the human residents, but have you forgotten your furry family members? Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital does provide 24/7 emergency veterinary services, and we offer other specialty services by appointment, but what about vacations or disaster situations? If you can’t get to us immediately,…

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    Paying for a Pet Emergency – What to Know

    Unlike human emergency rooms, vets aren’t required by law to treat patients and they don’t get government funding. You, the pet owner, need to be prepared to cover the costs. Unfortunately, emergency veterinary services can get very expensive very fast, just like human emergencies. Fortunately, several options are available to assist you in time of…

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    What to Expect During an Emergency Veterinary Visit

    Few things are scarier than realizing that your pet has suddenly become ill. A pet ER visit is a lot like a human ER visit. It takes as long as it takes and there are no guarantees.   Be Prepared to Wait Emergency work — on pets, on humans, even on factory machinery — is…

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    Have Pets? You Better Be Ready for Emergencies

    When an emergency strikes, you have no time to plan and your pets are at risk as much as you and your human family members. Disaster planning is easy and should include a relationship with an emergency veterinary services provider like the Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency Hospital.   Disaster Preparedness includes Pet Details Any pet…

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    What is a Pet Emergency?

    Anything that threatens, or might threaten, your pet’s life is an emergency. Your pet can’t tell you he or she is in serious trouble, you need to know the signs. It’s especially dangerous when you’re away from home. Just like human family members, preparation is the key to successfully dealing with emergency veterinary services.  …

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    Everything You Need to Know About Exotic Pet Ownership

    Dogs, cats, fish, rats and other common animal friends probably make up 90 percent or more of the pet community. Those among us who have a taste for something more exotic can take heart, California law is very strict (only Hawaii has a stricter code) primarily to protect the State’s agriculture and prevent importing diseases…

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    What You Need to Know About Keeping Pets for Stress Reduction

    Over the past few years, science has finally figured out what pet owners have known for millennia — people with pets are healthier and happier. Seeing eye dogs have been joined by animals who provide dozens of therapies from simple companionship to diabetic episode detection and more. Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital provides…