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2060 N Kolmar AveChicago, IL 60639
From Business: Veterinary Home Health Care provides professional, caring and affordable veterinary care in the comfort of your home. We service all of Chicago and the surroundin…
4321 N Harlem AveNorridge, IL 60706
We have been using Companion for many years and never had a bad experience. The staff is nice, there is no waiting time or maybe a short wait before…
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I am a long term client with several pets. I have always been happy with the care our many pets have received over the years. Mo, the vet tech, is a stand out employee. He is very knowledgeable and helpful when it come to things like giving medicine to a bird or small furry creature. The vets and staff are all very good.
Everyone at Midwest Bird & Exotic treats us like family. I’ve been taking my guinea pig there for 6-plus years, and always feel like the vets, vet techs and staff truly care about his health and well-being. They ensure he receives the best possible care without trying to push the more invasive or costly treatments. They respect my feelings and try to help me understand what’s going on whenever there’s a health issue. I feel so lucky to have found them.
Absolutely horrible! Don't go here, go to Ness Exotic or Northwest Exotic instead. This place is a joke. The young vet we saw was horribly rude and treated us as though we knew nothing. Condescending and not good with our animal at all!! Ran unnessary tests to jack up our bill and added all kinds of things onto it that was not needed. I will never ever return. Any other vet will be better than this place. What a way to waste time and $500 today!!!! Unbelievable
Thank you so much for all your help in such a tough situation! We really appreciate your patience and time.
I am glad you are located so close and glad you are always open when I need you thank you for the great service that provided.
Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital in my opinion is an excellent veterinary group for animals outside of the "norm" and from what I've seen from sitting in the waiting room I'm not the only person that leaves happy knowing that my furry companion is well taken care of and recognized as an important "person" in my life.
Thank you so much for the care you gave Zeus. When I come back from Florida I will bring my dog here from now on. I can't thank you enough. Thank you , thank you, thank you!
Thank you so much for the great service. This was an emergency visit and you all were angels! I will definitely recommend you to friends and family. God Bless you!
The doctor was awesome! He was great I love how everyone here was so interested in my dogs and there care. Thank you very much for showing that you care.
Thank you for being here for our exotic pets! I've made mistakes of taking my exotics to vets close to my house who had no clue how to treat them. By coming here, I have peace of mind. Thank you.
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.