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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The latest from the NorCalVet Library

  • Keep Your Buddy Hydrated this Summer

    NorCal Vet thanks you for thinking of your pet’s hydration, and we know your pet will, too. Just like us, our pets need water to facilitate bodily functions, flush toxins from vital organs, regulate temperature, and unlike us, to keep that sensitive nose wet. Summer is a good time to be reminded of what you…

  • Canine Skin Health

      At Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, your Daly City vet, we specialize in canine skin health. Knowing there are 160 diseases that affect a canine’s skin, it is our job to stay informed. What we know: The largest organ of a canine is its skin Some skin issues are lifelong while others…

  • Spring Allergies: Is Your Animal Suffering?

      At Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, our Bay Area vets are committed to helping animals, and their owners, get through the inconveniences of Spring allergies. When it comes to the effects of allergies, animals and people are a lot alike, but most people don’t realize this. In fact, over half of all pet…

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    Home Dental Care Recommendations

    At Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, we understand the importance of the pets in our lives, particularly knowing that a pet is a wonderful member of a family. While pets offer companionship, validation, purpose, excitement, tricks and assistance, when it comes to home dental care, this is a time for you to give…

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    Top Ten Things to Know About Pet Vaccinations

    Pet vaccinations in the San Francisco area are no different than any other place in the country, except for the fact that San Francisco is a densely populated area, where animal diseases can spread easily. When considering vaccinating your pet, these facts are good to keep in mind: Vaccinations protect your pet from disease by…

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    Pet Insurance: Why It Matters

    Do You Need Pet Insurance? According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, 1.4 million pets are insured in this country and the number is growing. Why? Because the rates charged for pet wellness visits, veterinary emergency visits, and surgery/treatments are also on the rise.  Currently, two types of insurance plans are available: accident and comprehensive.…

  • Dog: The Dangers of Xylitol

    Help! My Dog Ate a Stick of Gum!

    PET INSIGHTS: Sugar free products have become much more prevalent over the past few years and many of these products contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol. Xylitol poisoning is VERY dangerous for dogs. While it’s completely safe for humans…

  • Labrador Retriever: Laryngeal Paralysis

    Laryngeal Paralysis

    PET INSIGHTS: Laryngeal paralysis is a progressive, degenerative disease that causes the larynx to lose its function. The main purpose of the larynx, also known as the “voice box,” is twofold: to open while letting air in as well as close to keep food out of the trachea…

  • Addison's Disease: Wong Ga Truong

    Searching for Addison’s Disease

    VETERINARY CASE STUDY: A severely emaciated lost dog with unexplained hypoglycemia, vague GI signs, significant dehydration and normal resting cortisol that was finally diagnosed as true Addisonian on stimulation test.

  • Holiday Hazards for Pets

    Holiday Hazards for Pets

    PET INSIGHTS: The holidays can be great fun for both you and your pet, but holiday hazards can cause illness or injury and ruin the festivities for everyone – especially your pet. Many occur more commonly from late October through the new year, so we’ve assembled a list for you to keep handy throughout your holiday festivities.

  • Radiography: Visceral Lymphoma

    Radiology: Atypical Visceral Lymphoma

    VETERINARY CASE STUDY: Visceral lymphoma presents typically for the liver as a diffuse enlargement of the liver without nodularity. A nodular presentation is uncommon. Dr. Rivers takes a closer look at this condition.

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    Hydrotherapy for Surgical Recovery

    VETERINARY CASE STUDY: Using manual therapy, low-level laser, behavior modification, home exercises and hydrotherapy in underwater treadmill, Dr. Gebhard helps a patient to recover quickly, lose weight and return to full activity level with no visible lameness.