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10:00am - 10:00pm     Mon - Thu

 8:00am -  8:00pm      Fri - Sun


9:00am - 6:00pm     Tue - Thurs


*Although Veterinary Urgent Care of the Desert will keep its doors open until 10PM from Monday to Thursday, and 8PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, our wait list will close prior to this time in order to properly accommodate our existing patients and ensure the best patient care. After this time, we will no longer be accepting patients.

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An urgent care clinic is designed to bridge the health provider gap between your family veterinarian and the emergency hospital. Urgent care hours tend to be moderately different from a normal, family veterinary practice, but very rarely, are a full, 24-hour hospital. 


Veterinary Urgent Care of the Desert opens its doors midday until later into the evening, in order to provide overflow care for patients that need to be seen that day, and allow for later care after general practices close. However, we are NOT a full service emergency hospital and cannot perform stabilization procedures on critical patients. For these patients, it is imperative to travel to a 24-hour emergency facility, which will have the staffing, equipment and services that will be able to provide this life-saving, critical care. The amount of time saved by directly traveling to the right facility could be the difference between life or death for your beloved pet.


If you are unsure of whether your pet is critical, please do not hesitate to call Veterinary Urgent Care of the Desert so that we can provide advice on where to go. 


Emergencies we are unable to provide care for include, but are not limited to: 


  • Respiratory distress: your pet is having difficulty breathing, turning blue or has a history of a heart or respiratory condition with these clinical signs

  • Significant trauma or bleeding: such as being hit by a car or other major accident

  • Toxin ingestion: Please start an ASPCA Poison Control Consult by calling 888-426-4435 prior to traveling to a hospital to ensure the proper care is initiated

  • Inability to urinate 

  • Seizures: A single seizure lasting longer than 5 minutes, or 2 or more seizures in a 24 hour time frame

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We understand the anxiety and stress that comes along with a sick pet. Our goal is to bridge the gap between your regular veterinary practitioner and an emergency care hospital when your pet is too ill to wait another day, but not ill enough to require hospitalization. 

Our veterinary professionals practice high-quality, compassionate and kind medicine, designed to bring your pets immediate relief until they can see your regular veterinarian again.


In addition to that, we are here to help triage your pet's issues and help you decide whether or not it can wait until your regular veterinarian can attend to them, or if further hospitalization or care is needed with an emergency hospital. 

VETERINARY URGENT CARE OF THE DESERT is dedicated to providing immediate medical attention to animals in need of urgent care without life-threatening conditions. We do not offer general wellness appointments, vaccinations, spays/neuters, or any other non-urgent primary care services.


Here is a list of some of the common problems we can help with:


     • Vomiting & diarrhea

     • Coughing & sneezing

     • Moderate to severe

       eye, ear & skin infections

     • Ingestion of toxins

     • Bites & wounds

     • Limping

     • Heatstroke

The goal at VUCD is to provide stabilization and support to urgent care cases, with follow up care referred to your regular veterinary health provider. In more unstable cases, we help provide referral to a 24-hour specialty hospital for critical care & hospitalization.  We are equipped with the latest technology to ensure that we provide quick, accurate diagnoses for your pet's medical issues. These include digital radiology, in-house lab work, ultrasound  & more.

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The surgery department at VUCD provides a range of essential services for pets in need of immediate and referral surgical intervention, including:

   • Fracture repair
   • Joint surgeries
   • Management of refractory arthritis

   • Bladder surgeries

   • C-section & other uterine surgeries

   • Wound management
   • Mass biopsy & removal

The surgery department is equipped with state-of-the-art technology & equipment to ensure the highest level of care for each patient, & is dedicated to providing compassionate care and successful outcomes for pets & their owners.


VETERINARY URGENT CARE OF THE DESERT is a brand new veterinary surgical & urgent care hospital located in the heart of Coachella Valley. Our team of experienced and compassionate veterinarians & veterinary professionals are here to provide high-quality surgical & urgent care services for your beloved pets.

At VUCD, we understand that pets don't always get sick or injured during regular business hours. That's why we offer extended hours — including evenings and weekends — to ensure that your pet gets the care they need, when they need it most.

Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology to ensure that we are able to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat your pet's medical issues. We offer a wide range of urgent care services, including triage, X-rays, lab work, and more.  In addition, we have a dedicated surgical team to provide an array of surgical procedures.

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