24/7 Emergency Pet Care
At Fairview Hospital for Animals we work in conjunction with five other veterinary practices in Decatur to provide our patients access to emergency pet care any time of day or night. A doctor from the on-call practice is available to return your call and address your concerns about your pet. Sometimes a doctor can tell if your pet’s illness can wait until normal business hours and will advise you on how to care for your pet until then. If your pet needs immediate care, the on-call veterinarian will meet you at his or her veterinary clinic to provide the emergency care your pet needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your pet is having trouble breathing, walking, keeping food down, or they’re unable to urinate.
Call (217) 428-7709 for pet emergency care during regular hours:
- Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Call (217) 875-8584 for emergency care after these hours.
Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your pet needs emergency veterinary care because they can’t tell you how they feel. Some of the signs your loyal companion needs immediate treatment include:
- You cannot feel your pet’s heartbeat.
- Your pet recently had or is having a seizure.
- Three or more hours have passed since your pet went into labor.
- Your pet has been vomiting for 12 hours or more.
- Your pet has had diarrhea for 24 or more hours.
- Your pet has suffered a life threatening injury.
- You see blood in your pet’s vomitus, urine or stool.
- Your pet is coughing, gagging, or having difficulty breathing.
- Your pet has a hard, swollen abdomen.
- Your pet is unable to urinate.
If you suspect your pet has ingested household chemicals or toxic plants, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) emergency line is a valuable resource. Contact (888) 426-4435 for information about substances toxic to pets and emergency-related care. Find them online here for the most-up-to-date information on plants, foods and household items poisonous to pets.
Call (217) 428-7709, or (217) 875-8584 outside our normal business hours, if your pet exhibits any signs of an emergency or you think they may need immediate care. We will tell you to bring your pet into our hospital right away if they’re experiencing a true pet emergency. After hours, either one of our doctors or another on-call doctor will walk you through your pet’s emergency care. You will be advised on any necessary first-aid treatment and given directions to the on-call practice. Once there, your pet will receive immediate life-saving treatment by veterinary professionals. Afterwards, once the referring veterinary practice reopens, the pet will be transferred back to their regular veterinary practice.