Emergency Pet Care
Pet emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere, and we know that every minute is valuable. If your pet is seriously ill, injured, or exhibiting alarming behaviors, call us at (773) 324-4484. Emergencies come in various forms and what may seem like a minor issue could mean something more. That's why we recommend calling if you have any health concerns about your pet. We would rather know that their problem is not a matter of urgency, or advise prompt treatment to prevent it from becoming something worse.
We are more than willing to accommodate pet emergencies during our routine business hours. After hours, please see the emergency hospitals we recommend at the end of this page.
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
- Rapid heartbeat
- Collapse or loss of consciousness
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Bleeding from nose or ears
- Possible broken bones
- Injury to the eye(s)
- Exposure to toxins or poisonous substances
If Your Pet Needs After-Hours Care
There may be a time when you have to consult with an emergency veterinarian for after-hours 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: (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.