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As luck often has it, your pet will fall ill on a Sunday at 9 p.m., when most veterinary offices are long since closed.  When the problem is urgent and can’t wait until the next morning, it’s important to have a reliable animal hospital that can accommodate your pet. In Chicago, veterinary clinics are everywhere, but when it comes to extended hours and emergency vet care, the options become far more limited. We did some research and compiled a list animal hospitals around Chicago with extended hours, that way should you ever need help on an emergency basis, you’ll be prepared.


Roscoe Village – Chicago Veterinary Exchange and Specialty Center

Get the best emergency and vet care from these animal hospitals across Chicago.
This animal hospital is located at 3123 N. Clybourn Ave, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. They do not require appointments, and accept cash, e-checks, MasterCard, Visa, AmEx, Discover, and Care Credit, a medical credit card. General visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, while weekend and holiday visits must be arranged in advance. To properly care for pets,  visits are limited to twenty minutes.

Avondale – Premier Veterinary Group, Chicago Location

This 24-hour veterinary hospital is located at 3927 W. Belmont Ave. in Avondale, and offers not only around-the-clock care, but also internal medicine, oncology, advanced surgery, and more.  They also offer oxygen therapy, nutrition support, trauma support, and other emergency procedures.

South Loop – Metropolitan Veterinary Center

Though not technically an emergency center—they do offer 24-hour vet hospitalization, but only for pets who are already patients with the office—they are open later than most vets around Chicago. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Metropolitan Veterinary Center offers many of the same services as other ER vet offices, including medical boarding, cancer care, blood transfusions, x-rays, stem cell therapy, and much more.

Tri-Taylor – VSC at Illinois

This location is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and is conveniently located at 2242 W. Harrison Street near the Illinois Medical District. Emergency hours are 24 hours a day, but standard office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Their specialties are advanced surgery, internal medicine, and oncology.

Lakeview – Higgins Animal Clinic

Higgins Animal Clinic is located at 1705 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview, and offers many services, including echocardiography and ultrasounds, complete lab testing, radiography, diagnostics and surgery, preventative medicine, prescription diets and dietary counseling, hospitalization, house calls, and more. Additionally, this location also offers behavioral counseling and obedience training.


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  1. I love what you said about certain vet clinics and how they sometimes have extended hours. I think that finding the right hospital for your animal is critical to its health. If I were to own a dog, I would make sure to find the best vet hospital in town in the event that his health deteriorates.

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