What to Do In Case of a Pet Emergency

There may be a time when you have to consult with a veterinarian for emergency services. In addition to the 24-hour referral hospitals listed below, you can also contact the Pet Poison Helpline at any time of day if you're concerned that your pet ingested something toxic.

If you take your pet to one of the emergency referral hospitals, their staff will communicate with ours and vice versa for consistency of care.


Phone: 773-281-7110
3325 N. California Ave,
Chicago, IL 60618


Phone: (708) 453-4755
7510 W. North Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Pet Poison Helpline

Phone: (855) 764-7661

The Pet Poison Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day with qualified professionals to help educate and inform pet owners about the dangers of certain foods and household substances, and how to keep their companions safe. Callers will be charged a consultation fee and receive a specific case number to give their veterinarian access to various suggested treatment options.

ASPCA Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

Emergency Veterinarian in Hyde Park: Dog looking up

How Do I Know if My Pet is Having an Emergency?

Emergencies can be obvious or subtle. Recognizing the following signs can help you realize when an emergency is taking place and act quickly to get the situation under control:

  • White or pale pink gums
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Constant coughing
  • Appearing as if in pain
  • Unable to walk or stand
  • Trauma (hit by a car, bites from another animal, lacerations)
  • Swollen, hard abdomen
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea for over 24 hours
  • No eating/drinking for over 24 hours
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Bleeding from nose or ears
  • Limping
  • Possible broken bones
  • Injury to the eye(s)
  • Exposure to toxins or poisonous substances