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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 :)
My dog had developed a lump on his chest ate friday night and by morning it was the size of a softball. I first took my vet to Portage Park Animal HospitalI and the examined my dog and wanted to charge me an obsurd amount of money to test him but not diagnosis him. He did not take him tempature nor did he got out of his way to try to even stipultae what it could be. I then took my dog home and a friend came by and recommemded Logan Square Hospital. I immediately called and they were closed to my surprise a vet called me back and told us we casn come in first thing aunday morning. (Yes can you belive a vet open on sunday). So we went Sunday morning and saw Dr. Konstantinov. He was amazing the doctor said well maybe it could be rat poisoning. So he did test and found out my dog was bleeding internally and had a stomach infection. That he may not make it until Tuesday whcich was our next appointment. He sent us home with antiboitics and told us to watch him carefully and that it anything happens overnite to call and he will meet us back at his office. He also told me to call in everyday till tuesday to keep him updated. Well Monday before I can call him he called me. To make this long story short m dog was very sick and Dr. Konstantiov help my dog get better. I have taken my dog several places cause I have had him for 5 years but I never felt so comfortable and trusted someone like Dr. Konstantiov. I highly recommend Logan Square Animal Hospital!!!!!
This is a first rate establishment. The facility is clean and state of the art. The hours are really flexible and the staff actually cares about the animals. Dr. Schrock is awesome and the rest of the vets really make you feel at ease. I have used many vets in my life and this is the best by far. They will do whatever they can to accommodate you and if it is an emergency situation they are very efficient and will get the pet in right away. I highly recommend this place and I know you will be happy with it! If you have a puppy or kitten make sure to take advantage of the wellness program because you get a discount on the services. Also, we had our puppy neutered the laser surgery way and he was totally fine within a couple of hours after surgery. Its really worth the extra money.
My dogs (a boxer & a rott/german shep mutt) were not trouble makers or special cases - it was still difficult to find a good dr for them that would tell me what they were doing and discuss it with me. I had such a hard time with the people at the desk at my old vets office I just DREADED going. My dogs never really got to see the same dr - and when it was someone who had seen them before - the files were wrong. Dr Dobner - came to my home - at my convience and was so loving to our animals. I was amazed by how inexpensive it was and the amount of knowledge she shared with me. I will never have to force my dogs to go through an office visit again - instead they get to feel literally "at home"!
Both times that I have taken my cat here have been because all the other places where closed. The place is filthy and smells horribly. However, both times, the doctors here have helped cure her. One time, I had taken my cat to another vet and left due to the doctor calling my cat a foul name. The doctors here said that my cat was too weak to take anestesia- something the other dr. was forcing me to do, had I done that, she wouldve died. The prescribed my cat medicine and never have I felt over charged. Yes the place was a bit dirty, but the doctors there are knowledgeable, maybe they just dont have the money to jazz it up.
Logan Square Animal Hospital is a phenomenal place to take your pets. They have excellent service and the best prices in the whole Chicago land area. The faculty will get you in and out quick, which puts less stress on most pets who dread being at the vet. The doctors there are very informative and understanding to people who care for their pets. Dr. G.S. Basran has been a Veterinarian for over twenty years and is the most down-to-earth, but yet professional doctor I have ever met. I’d highly recommend this Veterinarian to ANYONE with a cat or dog.
PAWS rescues and shelters many unwanted animals. PAWS is the voice of many abused and neglected pets. (fyi: I and my family have adopted many pets who were neglected) PAWS prices are reasonable that I travel quite a distance to have my pets get their shots and/or neutered/spayed. And personally the wait is worth it - you get to see so many beautiful animals. Be sure to ask PAWS questions and be sure to get answers because you do not want to spend your precious time in traveling and waiting in line only to be turned away.
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!!
it was 7 pm and i found my cat in pieces in the alley after she had been attacked i walked in the hosp as they were closing and instead of sending me to the emergency clinic they stayed till 9 pm.. performing surgery and they allowed me to wait in the lobby, and said that she made it through fine. Thjis meant everything to me because i didnt have the money for the emergeny clinic and my cat would have died... She is still going strong.. Thank You Dr. Basran
Dr. Basran has been practicing med. for over 20 yrs. this man knows his stuff!!! He is very understanding and gives quality care at a reasonable price. This clinic offers any service your cat or dog needs!!! I have been taking my 3 dogs and 2 cats there for over 10 years now and i would never think about going anywhere else especially vca, thats the most expensive place and the give bear minimum.. With logan square you get a deal and premium services!!!
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.