Animal Emergency Care: What to do and
Where to Go

If your pet is having a medical emergency, please bring them straight to us as soon as you can. South Loop Animal Hospital is equipped to handle any animal emergency care situation. Our doctors and staff have extensive emergency experience, and we're always ready to assist your pet. As an AAHA accredited practice, we have emergency protocols locked in place that help us react effectively to any situation, as well as a constant stock of emergency drugs and medications. During our business hours, we make emergency pet needs a priority.

Animal Emergency Care for Your Pet: Cat Laying on Table

When is it an Emergency?

Emergencies are sometimes subtle and the level of acuteness can often be masked by your pet's natural instinct to hide any weakness or injury. You know your pet better than anyone (even us!), so if you notice even a small change in behavior or physicality, call us!

To help you better recognize emergencies, here's a list of symptoms that more than likely constitute an emergency situation:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Difficulty breathing or coughing excessively
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Possible broken bones
  • Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours
  • Blood in vomit, urine, or feces
  • Showing signs of extreme pain such as whining or shaking
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Seizures
  • Ingestion of a toxic substance

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, get in contact with us or our referral hospital immediately.

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