Valley Center Vet Clinic

Compassionate Pet Care

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It can be quite distressing to see your cat suffering, especially since you aren’t sure as to why and whether the situation should be considered an emergency. You wonder if you need pet emergency services from your Valley Center Veterinary Clinic. When in doubt, it is best you treat the situation like an emergency and contact your veterinarian right away. But for reference, here are a few common emergencies involving cats that you might encounter.

Choking and Coughing– Choking can be a serious problem, even if the episode lasts only a moment or two. Any difficulty breathing should be considered an emergency that requires the immediate attention of a veterinarian. Coughing is often a vague symptom of several possibilities including bacteria, allergic reactions, asthma and heart disease. If you cat’s breathing is compromised, immediate attention is needed.

Diarrhea and Vomiting– There are many causes of diarrhea and vomiting including toxins, infectious disease and a sudden change in diet. In many cases, vomiting and diarrhea may be rather mild and self-limiting. However, if these symptoms are persistent, they can become quite problematic. Continued vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration. And depending on the underlying cause of these symptoms, your cat can drastically worsen in a matter of hours.

Trauma– There are any number of ways your cat can suffer trauma including a fall, struck by a vehicle or a fight with another cat. Even if there seem to be no obvious injuries, there could be internal damage of which you are unaware. To be safe, take your cat to the vet if it has suffered trauma.

It is often difficult to determine just what constitutes an emergency situation. If you have any doubt about the health of your cat, call a vet right away.


Please come right over in the event of a pet emergency. Our technicians will assess the nature of the emergency and determine if we can initiate treatment or transfer to a 24 hour medical facility. We can treat the vast majority of emergency cases on-site.

With advance notice, we can schedule convenient appointments at your home. We can take the hastle out of the experience by performing pet examinations on your property. This exceptional service was created to assist the elderly with large breed older dogs, owners with very scared cats.

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Thank You Dr. Clarke

Our family moved to Valley Center in 1986, and very shortly thereafter, we needed a veterinarian. That’s when we met Henry Van Wyk, who remained our vet til the day he retired. So we truth…Read More

Gary and Marsha Pay

You Can Feel the Difference

You can feel the kind and caring attitude of the staff the minute you walk into the clinic.  Dr. Clarke gives 110% every day, is a great veterinarian, listener, educator and always offers f…Read More

Jo Roman

Wouldn’t Go Anywhere Else

Norah and I met Dr. Natasha Clarke some years ago when we followed Dr. Amy Ito from Temecula to Valley Center Vet Clinic.  We so trusted Dr. Ito that we would not take our beloved Golden R…Read More

Norah & Ira

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