Emergency Services

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

No one expects an emergency, but it happens. When things like vomiting, diarrhea, wounds and broken bones occur, we’re here to meet your animal’s medical needs any time your regular veterinarian isn’t available.

At VSC at Illinois we’re pet lovers with a special affection for the dogs that lift our spirits and the cats that make us laugh. Our veterinarians understand that exceptional pet care combines a passion for animals with the latest advances in animal medicine. And, our medical pedigree couldn’t be better: VSC at Illinois is a service of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Specialty Center (VSC).

Our emergency veterinary clinic is conveniently located near the West Loop, Gold Coast, River North and Wicker Park, in Chicago, Illinois.

Seek medical attention immediately if your cat or dog is experiencing any of these signs:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Major trauma: hit-by-car, large wounds, broken bones
  • Penetrating wounds anywhere
  • Seizures
  • Staggering, stumbling or falling
  • Limping, or not bearing any weight on a limb
  • Sudden blindness
  • Signs of pain such as shaking, whining, hiding or lethargy
  • Ingestion of foreign material or toxins
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • Blood in urine

View more signs your pet may exhibit in an emergency.

What is an emergency?
Recognizing an emergency can be difficult. If you think your pet is experiencing an emergency but are not sure, the doctors and staff at VSC at Illinois are only a phone call away: 312.226.3641. We are always happy to help you assess whether your animal needs to be seen.

VSC at Illinois is a collaboration between

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Specialty Center (VSC)