530 Dunham Road St. Charles, IL 60174


There has been a recent outbreak of the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in the Chicago-land area. Canine influenza is spread via aerosolized respiratory secretions and contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes) and people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. The virus can remain viable (alive and able to infect) on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.

The incubation period is usually two to four days from exposure to onset of clinical signs. The highest amounts of viral shedding occur during this time; therefore, dogs are most contagious during this 2-4 day incubation period when they are not exhibiting signs of illness. Virus shedding decreases dramatically during the first 4 days of illness but may continue up to 7 days in most dogs and up to 10 days in some dogs.

Because this is still an emerging pathogen, all dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to infection and have no naturally acquired or vaccine-induced immunity when first exposed to the virus. If the virus enters a kennel or other closed group, a high percentage of the dogs may become infected, and most of these dogs will be symptomatic. Although most dogs have a milder form of canine influenza and recover without complications, some may develop severe pneumonia. Approximately 20-25% of infected dogs are expected to remain asymptomatic, but can still shed the virus and spread the virus.

To avoid transmission, try to keep your dog from interacting with other dogs until the levels of transmission have decreased in your area. Contact your family veterinarian about CIV vaccination and preventative measures. 

Welcome to Emergency Veterinary Services of St. Charles, your local ER for animals. Serving the pets of Kane County, DuPage County, DeKalb County, McHenry County and Kendall County.

Call us nights, weekends and holidays at 630-584-7447!

530 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
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The doctors and staff of Emergency Veterinary Services of St.Charles are here for your pet when your routine care provider cannot be. We provide economical after-hours care for over 3,000 patients a year in  Fox Valley, Kane County and DuPage County. Our veterinarians have over 54 years of combined experience helping pets and their people through everything from crisis to second opinion consultation. Our doctors take the time to answer your questions thoroughly after your pet has been evaluated, and are committed to finding the best treatment options for your pet's medical needs and your financial concerns. Even though we will provide your pet with outstanding service, we still have the best emergency vet rates in the area.

Dr. Lynette D. Greenwood and the staff at Emergency Veterinary Services have provided compassionate emergency veterinary care to the pets of St. Charles, Kane County, DuPage County and the surrounding community since 1992, continuing the tradition of the emergency center established here in the late 1970s.

Emergency Veterinary Services of St. Charles is a full-service animal ER whose mission is to provide the highest standard of urgent veterinary care for pets. We genuinely care about your pets and all creatures, great and small. Our staff is passionate about veterinary medicine and are well trained in emergent care. We strive to provide professional, affordable, and advanced veterinary medicine and surgery, even at 3:00AM! 

EVS offers the pets of the West Suburbs after-hours veterinary medical, surgical, and post-operative care. We utilize the most modern diagnostic equipment, including but not limited to in house CBC, chemistry and electrolyte analyzers, digital x-rays, digital ultrasound, and surgical and cage-side continuous ECG, BP, and oximetry monitoring. Our patients benefit from the use of IV pumps, syringe infusion pumps, IV fluid warmers, blood typing kits and transfusions, antifreeze poisoning tests and antidotes, animal-specific blood glucose monitors, an isolation unit and an in-house pharmacy. If you are new to our services, please browse around our website to learn about our facility and to read interesting pet articles.

If you need our services RIGHT NOW call (630) 584-7447 or click for a map and directions to our emergency veterinary office.

Remember, at Emergency Veterinary Services of St. Charles, your pets are our priority!

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530 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174

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