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1545 W Devon AveChicago, IL 60660
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
6146 N Northwest HwyChicago, IL 60631
From Business: Avondale Animal Hospital, located in Chicago, IL, is a full-service local animal hospital and wellness center for dogs and cats. We provide among the most compreh…
960 W Chicago AveChicago, IL 60642
I read all these reviews before I went there. I almost didn't go because of them. If I didn't, my cat would have been dead. Not once did I think the…
1031 W Dundee RdBuffalo Grove, IL 60089
From Business: Buffalo Grove Animal Hospital is located in Buffalo Grove, IL and serves the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. With over 40 years of experience, our team of skilled v…
9128 Waukegan RdMorton Grove, IL 60053
From Business: Morton Grove Animal Hospital & Boarding Kennels is your source for veterinary care for your dog, cat, rabbit, pocket pet or exotic. We offer full-service health c…
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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
I've been taking my Doberman Oberon to Blum for 3 years. During the time I've had him, since 12 weeks old, he has been to only Blum doctors. Oberon has had a problem eating and swallowing things he shouldn't (socks; gloves; leather belts, coats and leashes...you name it.). Blum has helped both Oberon and I through these many (sometimes dangerous) procedures, including multiple induced vomitings as well as emergency surgery when the dog was extremely ill and going into toxic shock after eating a leather/velcro cylcing glove that become lodged in his intestines. ALL of the MANY doctors I've seen in the numerous trips we've made to the Blum have been extremely kind, concerned, professional, knowledgeable about dogs (my breed in particular) and have been extremely friendly. I've never once had a bad experience with any member of the staff, professional, technical or administrative. During all the "emergency" calls, there was never a problem getting me in immediately without an appointment. Everyone at the hospital seem to genuinely like me and also care about Oberon. They are often excited to see him with employees oftentimes coming from behind the counter to visit/hug/pet him. Perhaps this is even moreso the case since we visit less, as he's thankfully gotten over this habit. As for their prices, I honestly don't have much to compare their costs too (other than the emergency vet on clybourn), but my feeling when it comes to business is that when, or IF, you can find an organization that satisfies your needs and does it all with great customer service, stick with them; customer service overall seems no longer important in the service/retail industries. I'e recommended everyone I know to Blum. However, many of these people live in my Edgewater neighborhood, and may perhaps choose different due to location. I don't find it any inconvenience at all to drive the 15 minutes to Belmont/Clark to have my dog in the hands of professionals I trust.
I think Dr. Cindy Olsen is the most talented small animal veterinarian in Chicago. She also is trained in acupuncture & chiropractic to treat dogs, cats, and visits barns around Chicagoland to treat horses. She opened her own practice in 2014, Ravenswood Animal Hospital. I'm impressed!! The facility has all brand new equipment, insightful construction, and an incredibly talented hospital staff. It gets hard to park in the city, but her clinic has a parking lot and is across from Horner Park. A little bit about me, I love cats, I love everything about cats except wet food & litter box smells. Dogs are really cool too; but for me, cats are where its at. We have two orange cats in our house and Dr Olsen has been their veterinarian since 2006. Her advice and feedback to get an additional litterbox has helped ease the occasional 'disagreements' between the cats. Our cats get regular exams and have been consistently healthy over the years. In the few times that they have gotten sick, Dr. Olsen has been quick to treat them, extremely empathetic during the healing process, and extremely thorough during all of our re-checks to make sure our little orange friends got back to 100% health. Our cats are the snuggliest! I highly recommend Ravenswood Animal Hospital and Dr. Olsen.
I love the staff at the Cat Hospital. Every time I call with a question, they are always incredibly thorough in their answers and every time I come in for a visit, they are great to me and my cat. I also love that they volunteer their time and resources to help the cats at Tree House Humane Society with vet care. The staff's love, concern and dedication to its patients and cats in general is very evident and comforting. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it can be a bit pricier than visits to a regular vet. However, it is definitely worth the extra amount--especially if your cat gets really traumatized at the vet. Here you don't have to worry about the sounds and smells of other animals stressing them out--and that's a huge plus!
Drs. Ferraro and Post are some of the most competent Drs., that can ever come together to open an office. Let alone from the guidance of the great father and vet himself Dr. Ferraro who I met in 1985 and he told me 1 thing, "Be patient, they love you no matter what". He was great and Dr. Susan learned from the best! I do not hesitate to tell anyone to bring their pets to LPD&CC. When I lost my beloved Reggie, they treated him and me like family and I thank them every day. If you have a question, call they will answer. Thank you very much!
I have been taking my beagle Buckley here for the past 3 years. THEY ARE AWESOME! I can't say enough good things about Dr. Ferraro and Dr. Post. They LOVE animals and what they do, and it shows. Buckley ate an entire bar of dark chocolate one night making an unexpected visit to the doggie ER. Frank called the next day to check on the little guy. What a team. They really explain everything to provide the best care. I appreciate them so much and will never go anywhere else (I recently moved and drive 45 minutes into the city just to see them)!
I cite the following example of care: another vet clinic performed a "minor surgery" on our first Boxer who just happened to be a "show" dog. Our boy "Myles" suffered tremendously and was dying because the infection spread to his liver. We brought the boy to Dr. Sue and her Dad and they went out of their way to bring him to specialists; because 1) he was only 4 years old and 2) they realized how much he was loved. THE DOCTORS at this clinic brought him - we were not referred to as other clinics have a history of doing.
I have been taking my dogs and cats to this veterinary clinic for over 20 years, and they have always provided the best care possible for my animals. When my 11 year-old golden retrievers were diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma, they referred me to an excellent veterinary oncology surgeon who successfully took care of the problem. And two years later, when my golden was diagnosed with lymphoma, they found another oncologist who specialized in this disorder who put her into remission for over two years.
We take both our dogs to Lincoln Park Dog & Cat and have always had a wonderful experience. We have a 9-year old mix and a golden retriever puppy. When we got the puppy and took him for his "well-puppy exam" Dr. Post spent over 30 minutes going over all the ins and outs of puppyhood and what to expect. What is normal, what isn’t normal...even though we already had a dog. Drs. and technicians are very thorough and we always leave feeling well taken care of. Staff is very friendly as well.
I couldn’t love this place more! The staff is terrific to my dog, and takes great care of her, and seems to give her the extra special attention when she is not feeling so chipper! It makes me feel better that I know I can Bring my Dog here and know that they will do all they can to make her better! :) I highly recommend dr. sue! FANTASTIC! My dog and are both happy customers! :)
I have been taking my animals to Dr. Ferraro 1995 and I will never go anywhere else. The doctor is so informative and good with everyone. In the years I've been seeing Dr. Ferraro of course some of my pets have passed away from old age and without fail, I always received sympathy cards from the staff even one with fur and paw prints from my cat.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.