Same-Day Veterinary Care

Our veterinarians at South Novato Animal Hospital may be able to provide same-day appointments for cats and dogs in Novato, Marin County, Southern Sonoma County and the surrounding areas if our schedule allows for it. If you need urgent or emergency veterinary care, please contact one of the three 24/7 animal hospitals listed below.

Daytime: Call (415) 897-8200 After-Hour Emergency Vets

Same-Day Appointments

South Novato Animal Hospital


  • Monday:08:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday:08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday:08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday:08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Friday:08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday:09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday:Closed

Contact Us


Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin

OPEN 24/7

901 Francisco Blvd E, San Rafael, CA 94901

Call: (415) 456-7372

TruVet Specialty and Emergency Hospital

OPEN 24/7

2620 Lakeville Hwy Bldg D, Petaluma, CA 94954

Call: (707) 787-5340

VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County

OPEN 24/7

6470 Redwood Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Call: (707) 584-4343

Same-Day Veterinary Services

Our compassionate and reliable veterinary team at South Novato Animal Hospital can provide same-day veterinary care for companion animals as our schedule and staffing will allow.

If your cat or dog is displaying any concerning symptoms, contact one of the three 24/7 veterinary hospitals listed above right away. These hospitals should be able to see your pet and provide immediate medical attention. It is important not to delay seeking professional help as prompt treatment can greatly improve your pet's chances of recovery. 

Steps to Take In A Pet Emergency

If your pet is experiencing a veterinary emergency, follow the steps listed below:

  • Call Ahead If Possible - Contact one of the emergency animal hospitals listed above to inform them that you are on your way.
  • Follow Instructions Provided - They might give you instructions on what you can do to apply first aid to your pet or otherwise make them as comfortable as possible. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
  • Remain Calm - Keep calm and be extremely careful around your pet. When animals are in pain they can react negatively towards anyone attempting to help them and might scratch or bite.
  • Bring Your Pet In For Care - Don't put yourself at risk! Bring your pet safely to one of the listed emergency vets.

Urgent Care FAQs

Below, we have listed our most frequently asked questions regarding urgent and emergency care. 

  • Do I need to call ahead?

    We recommend contacting one of the emergency animal hospitals ahead of time. However, they understand that when it's an emergency situation, that isn't always possible. 

  • When is your clinic open?

    Our vets may be able to see same-day appointments during usual hours:

    • Monday:08:30 am - 06:00 pm
    • Tuesday:08:00 am - 06:00 pm
    • Wednesday:08:00 am - 06:00 pm
    • Thursday:08:00 am - 06:00 pm
    • Friday:08:00 am - 06:00 pm
    • Saturday:09:00 am - 05:00 pm
    • Sunday:Closed

  • What situations require emergency veterinary care?

    Below are examples of emergency situations that need immediate care:

    • Unconsciousness
    • Injuries to the eye(s)
    • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop
    • Seizures and/or staggering
    • Heat stress or heatstroke
    • Fractured bones or severe lameness
    • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, or blood in the urine
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea; 2+ episodes in 24-hours
    • Inability to urinate or pass feces, or pain associated with urinating or passing feces
    • Choking, difficulty breathing, or continuous coughing/gagging
    • Your pet has ingested something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  • How long will we have to wait to see the vet?

    Emergency veterinary hospitals are similar to a doctor's office for people -  the timing can be unpredictable and you might have to wait. 

    Teams are unable to predict what cases they are going to see and the times they will arrive. If you can, phone ahead to let the emergency veterinarians know you are coming.

  • What types of animals do emergency vets treat?

    The emergency animal hospitals listed above only treat cats and dogs. 

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