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1600 Halsted STChicago Heights, IL 60411
8651 W 159th St Ste 1Orland Park, IL 60462
7731 S Halsted STChicago, IL 60620
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Dr. McPheron is an excellent veterinarian. He takes his time with my 4# Yorkie. Before he starts to examine her, he holds her & talks to her. He is kind and compassionate. His fees are extremely reasonable. His Staff is busy, but they take the time to make you feel welcome. I recommend Dr. McPheron to anyone who wants a vet that cares about the health of their pet.
They are the best! They are very helpful and they really care about your pets! They are also very friendly and welcoming!
Best vet in the area she was able to diagnose and cure our family dog when no other vets could help our old vet tried for 4 months and gave up so we tried hometown and within 1 month porkchop has made a full recovery thanks again Dr and your staff we will be bringing all our pets there from now on
Horrible vet. Called him.ro look.at my mare who was in distress. Took some blood, gave her a vitamin "cocktail," told us to give her banamine and said she had colic. Told us to continue to walk her and monitor her. When i picked up the banamine from.his office he also said to give her pepto for her upset stomach and to try and get her to eat. Less than 24 hours later my mare was dead. No further testing, no suggestion for a fecal - nothing. Steer very clear of this nan.
I will give them 5 stars for sure in the care and handling of our dog which is most important thing but as listed below in other reviews we were blindsided with additional fees that were not agreed upon. Before vacation we got a quote for boarding at $210 for 5 days and when we dropped off our dog the sheet was up to $266.00 but what are you going to do 5 minutes before vacation and oh that after and addition $260.00 in charges for the "nessacary" shots to leave the dog which after late research were mostly made up.....Reprehensible! After we returned on pick-up day the charges were up to $320.00 for services they did not cover with me. We all have phone and email which permission could have been granted or denied for B S services......nope, not here folks. They even have the audacity to charge me a fee per pill for administering the medication they put our dog on WITHOUT our permission. Again great care but we hoped for more transparency. I'll leave you with this......If your new to the area like we are and need a vet, they are great if you you want top notch veterinary services with TONS of hidden fees and no notice to services rendered.
I used to like this vet a lot. Lately she's never there and she's got some fill-in guy for her. The staff, all of one, is very rude whenever you go in. I take my cat to have her blood glucose done on a regular basis. I went in today and told her I needed insulin and her comment to me was that i should have told her this sooner. When I'm in for testing they should have the insulin ready. They also said my cat had an ear infection. I asked if they were going to give me medicine. I was told I had to bring her back so they could do a full work-up on the earbefore they would give me medicine. They just told me she had an ear infection why wasnt that done and send me home with medicine instead of telling me to make another appointment. I cannot recommend this vet and I'm going to look for a new one myself
Vet was very kind. Nice staff- makes the customer feel very welcomed and cared about.
First time with Dr. Green - love it here! Informative, personal with me and the dog. Taught me some new things to care for Lucy's ears. Thank you!
This is a great place to bring your animals!
Always a pleasure! I wish I could add a tip to the credit card purchase.
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.