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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…
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…
1248 W Washington BlvdChicago, IL 60607
From Business: At VCA Animal Care Center of Chicago, we've helped pets live long, healthy and happy lives for many years. We deliver the best medical care for pets and the best …
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 services…
1009 N Clark StChicago, IL 60610
From Business: 4 locations AT 1009 N Clark ST. The CAT clinic AT 866 N Clark ST. (gold coast) 447 W north AVE. (OLD town) and 1601 S state ST (south loop) provides full service …
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Don't go here. The staff is rude and the office is dirty. I overlooked these issues because it's close to my house, but I had an issue with my dog eating chocolate. They refused to help over the phone and I had to pay 65$ to call poison control- who told me it wouldn't be an issue. When I called back to ask to be put into the vet's voicemail- the girl refused and asked me for a fax number to fax my dogs' records so I could find a new vet. We've spent thousands at this office and that is how little they care to keep your business. There are a ton of other vets in the city- go to one that cares to have staff that is polite and professional and has an office that is clean.
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
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!
Dr. Dann had zero experience with this breed, the Elf cat, similar to a Sphynx but it has hard rigid cartilage forming a curved ear. Dr. Dann said the ears must be unhealthy because of the thick cartilage. A good vet would have taken a little time to learn about the breed before carelessly diagnosing.He then said the ears were impacted with wax. (No antibiotics needed, just an ear flush.)Secondly, the cat had sneezed while it was at the vet. The cat had a bit of a runny nose. This is not uncommon for a cat that has faced stressful experiences. Dr. Dann told the new owner there was no way he could guarantee that the cat wouldn't face a life of respiratory problems. NO ONE can ever guarantee the health of anything, whether a human or animal. That was the only thing he could share with his client, no testing, no real diagnosis. He then told her she should return the cat if she didn't want to pay for the ear cleaning or future care should the cat end up with a respiratory problem.
I don't know where to start! I brought my dog in for shots and to get ears checked out. The staff was not friendly. The vet took him and gave shots and stated she'd cleans his ears. Then she started throwing all these other things in like nail clip, rabies, and another shot for dogs etc... In which she did it WITHOUT my permission on the table as she was telling me about it. The was not truly caring. My puppy is only 4 months old. She loaded him up at one time. I called to days later still with concerns about his ears. Again the front desk girl was unfriendly and unprofessional. She got an attitude because I didn't seem satisfied with the service. At that point I asked for the vet to complain. If course, she was busy.To end this, she did not call back urgent and all he needed was his ears cleaned. HE'S NEVER GOING BACK.I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND ANYONE TO THIS PLACE. �������� IF I COULD GIVE THEM A "0" I WOULD!!
Updates have been made and the staff has greatly improved....very informative and helpful.A great full service animal hospital!
What kind of veterinarian's office employs front desk individuals such as "Bob" who has the authority to talk to potential clients in such a rude and condescending manner?! I had my first appointment scheduled and Bob told me that they have to have previous paperwork from my pet's old veterinarian before an appointment. Unfortunately it so happened that they did not receive the paperwork from my old veterinarian so I explained that I asked the old veterinarian to fax the paperwork last week and I will try talking to them again but if you need the paperwork before seeing my pet then please reschedule the appointment for Monday. Bob later abrasively addresses me by saying "That's not our problem that your old veterinarian did not fax the paperwork OKAY?!" I asked if I could physically run over to my old veterinarian since I just got back into town and could still come into the appointment because it wasn't my intention to cancel. Bob responded, " That's not our problem! You have to call 24 hours ahead to cancel and you cannot have the appointment for today since you already rescheduled!" He continually cut me off while I was talking and and then said, "We will not answer anymore questions until you come in for the first appointment!" How disappointing-- let's just say that I would never go to a veterinarian's office that talks to clients in such a disgusting manner when something like getting paperwork from an old veterinarian was not completely under my control.
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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 have been taking my pets (cat and dog) to Animal Medical Center for at least 30 years (between the two) and have great confidence in them. Their facility is top notch and the staff couldn't be more knowledgeable, professional and caring.
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.