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3235 N Kedzie AveChicago, IL 60618
A good friend of mine referred me to Dr. Cohen at Animal Ark. He diagnosed our dog with a neurological problem with his hind legs. The options he ga…
6114 N Hermitage AveChicago, IL 60660
From Business: We are owner operated, bonded, licensed and insured. We offer mid day walks, vacation care, and personalized services. We can administer any kind of medicine your…
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…
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 …
1901 W North AveChicago, IL 60622
From Business: We are an AAHA accredited full service hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental care for feline and canine patients since 1957!. Our service…
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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 had to get shots for both of my dogs. one a full bred Boxer.. the other was adopted So Lab Mixed (We always wanted to know with what ?? ) So K9 University Staff (Which i frequent) referred me to this place because she used to work here and she knows my dogs.. Well I can honestly say that I was IMPRESSED !!! The place is Nice. Clean.. Doesn't smell.. the Staff ... Very impressed. K9 University staff told the vet that I was bringing my pooches here. When we got there it was like the entire staff were waiting on us. I was told through K9 that my visit would be about $150 for both pooches but you know.. when i got there.. My dogs hadn't had shots (other than rabis) in 2 yrs for one dog.. the other dog 1 yr (We adopoted her) ... The Low Down..ALL of their shots! including the ones that I've never EVER heard of ..Plus Fecal Check .. 1 Year of heartgaurd for 2 dogs..$200 per dog.. Thats a Deal.. they even got blood samples for another test.. the Fecal Test.. ALL Shots.. Plus 1 yr of Heartgaurd.. we were there all but 30 min for 2 dogs (The place was empty)ohh and another thing. We were curious about what our Lab was mixed with.. OMG It's Lab and "CHOW" umm we're not a Chow person.. Riley is super cute with her Golden Ears (Google Lab/chow mix) ... but hey.. At least the lab Curbs the BAD AZZ of the Chow!take your pooches here!! He's not a Negotiator really but if he see's your head spinning because of the cost.. he will certainly work with you :)
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.
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)!
Had to bring Boss our 1yr old pit bull terrier mix in for a deep cut too his paw.Boss was a rescue animal, we are a family of four with one (low) income. This was an expense we had not budgeted for but Dr. Bhaskar worked with us and gave us different options, the best option, anesthesia, sutures, and antibiotics.We have no doubt that Boss will recover fully and that we will return for any other veterinarian needs. Thank you Dr. Bhaskar and staff for helping our much-loved four legged friend. God bless you all and the work that you do
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 am currently a student and when my dog needed surgery this animal hospital was very understanding on my financial needs! The doctor gave me useful information and assured me everything would be o.k. with my pet. I will never change this hospital. The staff of the hospital was very friendly and knowledgeable about my particular situation! I would highly recommend everybody who truly care for their pets to come to Logan Square Animal Hospital!! They are very informative and kind!!
I have been going to North Center for about 28 years. We have loved and trusted everyone we've worked with there. We've been through 3 pets who've needed to be put down, heart conditions, kidney stones, and swallowed Christmas ribbon. Through all of it, North Center has been there for all of us. When my daughter moved to Portland, Dr Castillo helped through the transition of getting her cat there. Definitely 5 stars. The O'Day family
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.