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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    Pets and Holidays

    Pets do not understand “holidays” as a concept, every day is the same to them. They do see our excitement and react to it, sometimes by letting their self-defense instincts go dormant. Pet safety is entirely up to pet owners.   Are you considering getting a new pet this year? Christmas morning is a wonderfully…

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    Treats for Humans – Threats for Pets

    Treats are in abundance from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Humans shouldn’t overindulge, but we can indulge. Our pets, sometimes, cannot indulge at all, so get treats made for them!   Dogs and Cats A bit of turkey meat won’t hurt, but the skin has way too much fat for doggie and kitty digestion and…

  • A big English bulldog traveling in a car

    Pets and Family Visits: Insights from the Experts

    The basic rule is simple: Ask. Prepare. Be flexible. And, of course, get your pre-trip pet checkup from the great staff at Nor Cal Vet.   Before bringing your dog or cat, and especially before bringing an exotic pet, ask your hosts. If they say no, don’t be offended, they certainly have good reasons —…

  • A pug cuddled up in a blanket, representing winter pet safety.

    Winterize Your Pet: A Few Pet Safety Tips for this Season

    Should the worst happen, Nor Cal Vet is ready 24/7 to care for your injured pet. Prevention is easier on everybody, so, try these ideas:   #1.  Know Your Pet’s Limits A Siberian Husky is vastly different than a Mexican Chihuahua, that’s obvious. What about an Alsatian versus German shepherd or a calico versus a…

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    National Dog Day: Fun Facts About Dogs

    We just celebrated National Dog Day on August 26th, so, let’s look at a few dog fun facts:   Dogs have been living with humans for some 15,000 years: Man’s best friend has been with us so long that they suffer from some of the same diseases, like cancer. They even feel jealousy when they…

  • A coupe celebrating their recent pet checkup for their pug with cups of coffee

    Stress-free Pet Check-ups and Wellness

    Not many humans like doctor and dentist visits, we endure the pain because we know it benefits us in the long run. Your dogs and cats don’t understand, so these tips can put their pet checkups on a low-stress diet.   Socialize them while they’re young. Get pets accustomed to being around people they’re young.…

  • bright white clouds in a blue sky

    Keeping Your Pet Safe from Heat Stroke

    Everyone needs to be aware of and avoid heat stroke during the summer months, but few of us realize that our pets are equally at risk. Preventing an emergency is as simple as knowing the dangers and avoiding them:   Avoiding Pet Heat Stroke Shaving or clipping hair might be a great plan or a…

  • a picture showing a lab get hydrated

    Avoid Dehydration in Your Furry Companions

    Pet Hydration Summer is great with its long days, warm weather and lots of activities — many of which are now pet-friendly by design. Yup, it’s all great until you’re in the pet emergency room. “Dehydration”, the vet says. Dehydration? Who knew?   Keeping your Buddies Hydrated Just like humans, the dangers of dehydration are…

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    Pet Safety Tips: Garden Dangers for Your Pet

    In and around the Daly City area, the sun is shining, and the ground is warm, which for many people signals garden season has arrived. How fun it is to see your tomatoes grow red on the vine and watch your corn stalks begin to tower above. All of this is grand, except for one…

  • Keeping your pets safe from sparklers, like these, on the 4th of July

    Fireworks and Pet Safety

    Exploding lights and thunderous claps of sound maybe spectacular for humans, but, what goes boom in the air could send our pets running for their lives. In fact, many animal shelters always report an increase in lost pets during each annual Independence Day. Other days of the year, including New Year’s Eve, can also present…

  • All About Pet Vitamins

    Like humans, pets also need vitamins. Vitamins help pets lead a healthier life, and a healthier pet means a happier pet. A longer life is also more likely. According to the Journal of the American Veterinary  Medical Association, one-third of all dogs and one-fifth of all cats, in the United states, use vitamin supplements. Two-thirds…

  • Osteoarthritis and Your Pet

    Like humans, pets also experience wear and tear of their joints as the result of a degenerative disease known as osteoarthritis. In fact, osteoarthritis is one of the most common ailments in our household furry friends. This disease can be tricky for pet owners to diagnose because pets are not able to speak for themselves.…