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Emergency Vet Services

Our animal hospital provides emergency care during normal business hours. If possible, please call us in advance of your arrival so we can prepare for your visit.

If you have an emergency after hours, you’ll be directed to the Animal Care Center of Plainfield – Emergency located at 14411 S. Rt. 59 Plainfield, IL 60544.

Call our hospital at (630) 323-1312.

Cat being examined

What to Expect

We understand that pet emergencies can be stressful, overwhelming, and frightening. When you bring your pet to Hinsdale Animal Hospital, you can do so with total confidence that both your pet’s needs and your concerns will be addressed. You will also be provided with a thorough treatment plan – including cost of care – to ensure transparency while safeguarding your pet’s health.

While doing so is not mandatory, when visiting our animal hospital, you are welcome to bring with you any relevant information – such as previous medical records and/or current medications. If your pet requires frequent treatment due to a chronic condition or recurring illness, we suggest maintaining a journal to help keep track of useful information, such as treatment schedules and responses to therapies.

Recognizing A Pet Emergency

You’re not alone if you’re wondering, "How do I know if my pet is having an emergency?" Seek medical attention immediately if your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Trauma (motor vehicle accident, animal attacks, falls)

  • Problems with eyes or eyesight

  • Suspected broken bones

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Collapse, weakness and/or the inability to support weight or stand up

  • Seizures (lasting more than 2 minutes or multiple seizures within a 24 hour period)

  • Straining or unable to urinate

  • Difficulty or pain while defecating

  • Bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth and/or blood in vomit, urine or feces

  • Excessive vomiting/diarrhea (particularly if lasting more than 24 hours)

  • Not eating/drinking for more than 24 hours

  • Pain (whining, panting, inability to get comfortable, arching back)

  • Distended and/or hard abdomen and/or retching/vomiting attempts

  • Ingestion of household chemicals (soap, drain cleaner, potpourri, essential oils)

  • Ingestion of human or other pet's medications

  • Ingestion of foreign object(s)

  • Ingestion of chocolate, grapes, raisins, sugar-free products containing xylitol, rat/mouse bait, garlic, rodenticides, petroleum products, and/or antifreeze

  • Heat stroke

  • Difficulty delivering puppies/kittens (active contractions with no birth within 60 minutes or more than 4 hours between deliveries)