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987 Maplefield RdNaperville, IL 60565
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 …
200 Read StLockport, IL 60441
From Business: At VCA All Pets Animal Hospital, we help pets live long, healthy and happy lives. We deliver the best medical care for pets and the best experience for pet owners…
2551 Warrenville RdDowners Grove, IL 60515
When my German Shepherd got sick on a Sunday night, I brought him here. They said he had bloat and called the surgeon in for an emergency surgery. …
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…
475 N Bolingbrook DrBolingbrook, IL 60440
VCA is the ONLY animal hospital that I know of who calls you the next day to check up on your pet. The staff is so knowledgeable and welcoming. The …
1827 Wehrli RdNaperville, IL 60565
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I love C-Vet Animal Hospital! Dr. Chang and his staff are great. You can tell that he really cares about the animals. And, his prices are so reasonable. He provides you with an estimate so you are never surprised by cost, and he always seems to keep cost in mind (which I never found as a quality in previous vets). You can even call him in the event of an emergency so you don't need to go to an emergency vet. What first caught my attention about this vet was the quiet, peaceful waiting room. This is a small office, so you won't be waiting with a bunch of other anxious animals. And, it is always easy to get an appointment. My puppy tore her stitches out overnight after she was spayed (I didn't put her cone on tight enough), and Dr. Chang fixed her up again in no time at minimal cost. I love that I can trust both my puppy and my wallet with C-Vet.
Boy, I read some of the other reviews and I can hardly believe you guys are talking about the same place.I've had four dogs over 25 years and have used these this vet continually. I've never had any problems whatsoever and I've always been touched by how helpful they have been.For example, last Saturday my dog got loose when I wasn't home and was wandering around the neighborhood. Somebody picked her up at a busy intersection took her to their vet and had her scanned. They were told that there was no information registered with the micro chip number. Luckily for me I got my precious little dog back that same day. Then, I took her into Naperville Animal Hospital and had her scanned to see what was up with the micro chip because I had paid for that registration.Carrie Ann behind the counter was sooooo helpful. Not only did she scan my dog and tell me that they got the same results--no information on file. Then she scanned her again the next day so I could take a picture and send it in to PetLink to try to get this fixed. The third day she took a picture of the entire scanner so I could tell what brand and model it was and she emailed that to me-- I didn't even have to come in oh, she helped me over the phone this time. And she also give me a lot of detailed information about the message that she was getting when she called in to find out about the registration.All this was critical in getting the situation resolved. Turns out the problem was with the PetLink scanner which displayed the phone number for PetLink instead of Avid. I would never have known that without all the extra help she gave me. None of that cost me a dime. The following day I took my dog in for check up. I talked Dr. Tom who was great (as usual) and that didn't cost me anything either since my dog is on the monthly preventive plan.I love this vet and I would never go anywhere else. Never had a problem-- always had a very good experience.Hope that helps.
We have been going here for 10 years and yesterday was the hardest day for my family, we had to put our boxer down due to cancer. When we first arrived it was mid afternoon and explained why we were there. Thinking because of the circumstance we would of been able to get into a room faster, well we sure were wrong. We had to wait over an hr while my husband and I were crying in the lobby watching our dog get nervous being there. We then get a room and wait about another 20min, a Dr comes in and discusses the procedure. We had to wait for a receptionist to come in after that to take my payment that was another 15min. Then a vet tech comes into the room to take our dog out to put a line in and says she will be right back, about another 10min she pops in saying that my dog is being bad that they has to give him a light sensitive. Really what dog wants to be here let alone get poked and now ur telling me my dog is being bad right before we put him down. After that it felt like another 15min like they forgot about my dog and us in the room. Two people came in caring my dog because as the Dr and techs admitted they gave him a little bit to much seditive. My dog couldn't do anything he basically was gone, he was just laying there. My 15yr old son was there and upset him more watching them carry our dog in. As soon as I questioned why my dog was like that the two vet techs ran off, the Dr says we may have given him a little bit to much. I was furious, so the last 20 mins my dog had a horrible experience, you knock him out to basically death and thats how he leaves the world???? They placed him on the floor and we said our goodbyes and they excorted us out and left my dog on the floor. The experience of putting an animal down is a sad one to begin with but the actions and cold headedness the staff at Napervile Animal Hospital gave was unacceptable. I will never bring an animal here ever again and will tell all my family and friends not to as well.
Dr Hailer doesn't return phone calls!! Very unprofessional, especially when I had a life and death emergency with my cat.
Dr Bishop always makes sure he answers all of your questions and keeps up with the latest treatments and procedures. The staff is always pleasant and helpful, and treats your pet like they would their own. I'm definitely going to keep taking my pets there and would recommend it to others. My cat had several maladies and lived more than 2 more years after his diagnoses, and with his same happy quality of life, with his treatments that he got here.
If you truly love your pet, do not go to this animal hospital!!! You've been warned. The staff and doctors there will treat your pet like a business. They do not really care for the welfare of your pets, all they want is to make money. They will offer you services you don't need. They will do a "check up" without thoroughly understanding what's wrong with your pet. They want to get as many clients as they possibly can within the day (no appointment needed, you'll get who is available). We recently moved to Naperville that's why I have to change vets (big mistake!!!) We were assigned this incompetent pet "doctor" Elizabeth "cat killer" Winkler who did not truly care for my cat. Who knows what happened behind closed doors but my cat is gone now. She was not even ill, but this "doctor" said it's a tooth infection. They sedated her to find all's good - They didnt even do anything! But my cat was knocked out for good :( I could not believe it. She was just playing that morning. If I only stick to my old vet, I would probably still be holding my precious baby in my arms today. Do not go to this hospital if you want knowledgeable, competent vet for your pets. You'll be sorry. I was.
Our first visit to this vet was due to the result my small dog injured his leg and was limping. They immediately made room for an appointment ahead of other appt at the same time and explained to the other person waiting that this was more an emergency and took us without waiting. We expected costly X-Rays at the very minimum, however Dr. Bishop took our dog and placed him on a carpeted floor and explained that any fracture or break no dog will ever put weight on it and my dog was putting his weight on it while walking. He explained X-Rays were not necessary and after a full examination he was 99% sure it was nothing more then a sprain or an aggravation from arthritis as he didn't feel anything abnormal in the exam and my dog didn't show any signs of pain from moving the leg. He also examined his spine for disc problems and explained how the way my dog reacted after the exam showed no signs of disc problems as normal. He wrote us a prescription for some pain medication, however since we gave our dog aspirin the night before he couldn't use the best medication for fear of toxic reaction something we wish we knew ahead of time but was smart enough to ask us if we gave him anything then just assuming. The script he wrote was a pain medication and we were able to take to the pharmacy and cost $6. In 2 days my dog showed no more signs of limping and is 100% back to normal. The first office visit was only $9 for an office fee and $5 for clean up fees that all vets are now charging. So total bill was only $14 when I guarantee if we went anywhere else it would have cost us way more because most vets will X-Ray to pad the bill regardless if they believe it is needed or not and those are not cheap. What is also very nice is everyone you recommend their first office visit is $9 and you get a $40 credit to your account for future visits. This vet keeps his costs down by not passing on high costs of available prescription medication that other vets seem to push making you purchase them on site. $6 at Meijers for Tramadol was way cheaper then purchasing from a vet as we have in the past.Besides the fact they dont push expensive tests or medications Dr Bishop called us TWICE to see how our dog was doing, NEVER have I had a Vet ever call me to see how my pet was doing after any visit. I can't say enough about Dr. Bishop and his staff, they were all very nice and he explained everything. The follow up calls were totally unexpected as was the cost of spending 30 min in the exam room. Even though he had another customer waiting he didn't rush us and asked if we had any questions or concerns. You can not do any better then this facility. I know I have found a new home for all my future pet health care needs. Last time I took my pet to another vet for a non emergency check up, we walked out spending over $200, enough said!
This place advertises FREE EXAM.. HOWEVER this is ONLY if your dog is healthy,, IF your dog is sick DR. dan takes the initiative to bill you 45..and not charge you for future visitis??? (who said were comming back)..CAN YOU SAY BAIT N SWITCH??? this place is VERY unprofessional...our dog was sicker after we took him there ,, dr dan is very rude as well as one of his receptionist was rude to my wife.. im a business man that would never goto or recomend this company....dr dan said he would reimburse the 45 which he never did.. ...unprofessional in EVERY sense of the word take your animals elsewhere...
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.