We serve as a nighttime, weekend, and holidays emergency referral hospital for southern San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara Valley.

We understand that your pet may need care during the night or on weekends or holidays. Our role is to be available in times of need when your family veterinarian is not reachable or is unable to provide specific types of care, such as transfusions or critical patient monitoring. South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic is here for your after-hours pet emergency. We partner with your family veterinarian to provide high-quality urgent care for your pet and strive to make sure that you and your family veterinarian is well-informed and actively participating in the decisions about the care of your pet. Our goal is to be your trusted advisor for your pet’s care, even after he or she leaves our hospital.

We offer a complete range of veterinary medical services and in-house diagnostics, including wildlife and stray pet care and end-of-life decisions.

Emergency medical care is our focus. Learn what to expect during an emergency visit and meet our team.

If your pet needs urgent care, call us at 650-494-1461. We are located at 3045 Middlefield Road in Midtown Palo Alto.

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What is an emergency? In many situations, the answer is not simple.

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Pet Resources

We are pleased to offer our community of pet owners more than excellent emergency care.

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In Loving Memory

Post your best loved memories about your pet.

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To Dr. Thelen and the Vet Nurses: Thank you for saving my life. My mom wants to thank you for keeping all the humans calm too. You all are the best!

– Juno (I was chasing a car and it didn’t see me—oops!)

Dear Dr. Hanes and Nurses: Thank you for taking such good care of me and helping me with my diabetes problem. I was afraid and feeling pretty sick, and you calmed me and helped me get well. I am feeling much better now, and my family is giving me lots of special attention.

– Woof, woof!—Bella the Wonder Dog

I just wanted to thank everyone who helped my little dog Ginger. She had eaten some dark chocolate, so you had to induce vomiting, etc. She is now back to her usual state of excellent health thanks to you all. You guys are the best!

– Laura W.

The doctor and nurses were fabulous saving our cat who somehow opened a container of our dog’s Rimadyl medicine and ate some. They provided helpful information over the phone about the toxicity and how to handle it. When we brought our cat in they gave her excellent care. A wonderful experience in a stressful situation.

– B.N.

I wish this facility was open during the day because I wouldn’t hesitate to bring my cats here on a regular basis. Everyone is very helpful and nice. I will definitely be using this emergency clinic again if needed.

– Erica L.

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