Illinois-based Naperville Animal Hospital offers comprehensive veterinary services for pets, including emergency care. At Naperville Animal Hospital, a qualified veterinarian is on call 24 hours a day, seven days per week, to provide services outside normal business hours.
For pet owners, knowing the warning signs of a medical emergency can help them know when to seek emergency veterinary care. If a pet has difficulty breathing, the owner should seek emergency care right away. In addition, if a pet is constantly coughing and cannot rest during the night, emergency care is necessary. Pets who are seriously ill may also display nonproductive retching, pale gums, or an elevated respiratory rate. Any animal that is crying out in pain or is unable to walk should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
In some cases, pet owners may be able to consult with an on-call veterinarian by phone to determine if care is required right away, or if the pet can wait until morning for treatment. Although seeking emergency care can be stressful for both pets and their owners, treating a pet’s medical problem promptly often leads to a better outcome and less expense.