Animal Emergency Care
At Emergency Veterinary Services of Lisle, we know that your pet is unique and when they are having a health issue or emergency, the care they require needs to be custom matched to their unique needs. We have experienced, skilled, caring doctors who are always on site during business hours. This means that when you bring your pet in to be seen they will be triaged and tended to as quickly as possible. The problem will be diagnosed and the required treatment tailored to the needs of you and your pet. We are fully equipped and prepared to handle any type of emergency care your pet may need- from the simplest concern to a specialized surgery.
Animals can experience trauma from a variety of situations such as being hit by a car, getting bit by another animal, falling from a height, playing too rough, breaking a toenail, getting shocked by electricity, injuring their eye, and a myriad of other ways. Animals seem to be very creative in the ways in which they can manage to get injured. We are fully capable of treating your pet from the most complicated injuries that might require surgery to the simplest scrapes, broken nails, or sore legs. Most traumatic injuries can be treated while you wait and your pet sent home with properly treated wounds and medication. However, when needed we are able to hospitalize them and provide IV fluids, oxygen therapy, blood transfusions, IV medications, wound debridement and surgical repair, fracture stabilization, and much more.
It is very common for animals to have problems with an upset stomach such as vomiting and diarrhea. Often a pet may strain to defecate and not even produce any stool- this is a sign of GI distress as well. There are lots of different underlying causes for vomiting and diarrhea some of which can be life-threatening such as bloat or an obstruction. The best way to figure out what is going on is to bring your pet in for an exam with the doctor. Sometimes treatment is as simple as some medications but other times further testing such as x-rays or bloodwork might be needed. We have a state-of-the-art digital x-ray system and in-house laboratory equipment that allows us to get the most accurate test results as quickly as possible.
Ingestion of a Toxin or Foreign Object
Our pets love to get into mischief. Unfortunately, this can sometimes result in them eating medication they aren’t supposed to, chewing on poisonous plants, getting into household chemicals or poisons, swallowing pieces of toy or clothing, and a large number of other things they should not eat! Even many foods that we eat on a daily basis such as chocolate, grapes/raisins, bread dough, onions, and garlic can be poisonous to animals. If you have any concerns that your pet may have eaten something they aren’t supposed to, please call us right away! We are prepared to determine how concerned you should be with what they ate and let you know if you need to bring your pet in for treatment. If necessary, we are able to safely and effectively induce vomiting to try and recover what they ate and then provide additional therapy if needed based on what they ate and your pet's size.
While some of the following symptoms may happen immediately after exercise, if they persist or if your pet hasn’t just exercised they may be having problems breathing. Breathing issues can come in many forms including coughing, wheezing, breathing with more effort than usual (abdominal pushing, laboring), breathing more quickly, and breathing with an open mouth for an extended time. Any time an animal is having a change in their breathing it can indicate a very serious life-threatening situation. It is important to get breathing problems evaluated right away to determine what the underlying cause is and start the appropriate treatment as soon as possible. We have the equipment necessary to diagnose and treat breathing problems including an oxygen cage to help make breathing easier for your pet while we wait for medications to work.
Changes in Urination
Owners will often start to notice something different about the way their pets are urinating. Pets can show signs of a urinary tract problem by urinating more frequently, having urine accidents, having blood in the urine, urinating larger amounts, or straining when they urinate. Sometimes the underlying cause can be easily treated with medications but other times the problem is very serious such as a blockage and requires immediate intervention. Either way, we are highly capable of diagnosing any urinary condition and providing the appropriate treatment to relieve discomfort and resolve the underlying problem. We will start with a thorough examination of your pet and then discuss any diagnostics and treatments that we may recommend such as analyzing a urine sample, taking x-rays, or providing surgical removal of a urethral obstruction.
Sometimes it is very obvious when an animal is in pain and other times the signs of pain are very subtle. Our pets are very good at hiding even the worst pain and so it is up to owners to watch for subtle clues that their pet is uncomfortable.
Subtle signs of pain can include:
- Decrease in appetite
- Not wanting to move as quickly
- Not wanting to jump on furniture
- Reluctance to climb up or down stairs
- Crying out when picked up or touched
- Standing with their back arched
- Shaking or trembling
We are able to help figure out where the pain is coming from and provide appropriate treatment and pain relief so your pet can relax and feel better quickly. With a thorough exam and asking questions about what you are seeing your pet do at home, we can decide if your pet needs any tests or medications.
Certainly, the signs and symptoms listed above only encompass a portion of what can constitute an emergency with your beloved pet. We also see pets on a regular basis for other medical issues such as the following:
- Trouble giving birth
- Skin problems
- Trouble standing
- Loss of balance
- Abnormal discharge
- Fluid leaking from somewhere
- Eye problems
- Loss of consciousness
- Any other sudden changes
Here at Emergency Veterinary Services of Lisle, there is no end to the types of problems that we are capable of taking care of for you and your pet. If you are noticing a problem with your pet, please do not delay in calling us so we can help you determine if you and your pet need to be seen right away.