Best 30 Animal Hospitals in Chicago, IL with Reviews -

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By: Mark S.
Ravenswood Animal Hospital
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.
By: nsuzain764
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic Inc.
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!
By: johnnyy976
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic Inc.
I have been taking my beagle Buckley here for the past 3 years. THEY ARE AWESOME! I can't say enough good things about Dr. Ferraro and Dr. Post. They LOVE animals and what they do, and it shows. Buckley ate an entire bar of dark chocolate one night making an unexpected visit to the doggie ER. Frank called the next day to check on the little guy. What a team. They really explain everything to provide the best care. I appreciate them so much and will never go anywhere else (I recently moved and drive 45 minutes into the city just to see them)!
By: simmonsvp
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic Inc.
I cite the following example of care: another vet clinic performed a "minor surgery" on our first Boxer who just happened to be a "show" dog. Our boy "Myles" suffered tremendously and was dying because the infection spread to his liver. We brought the boy to Dr. Sue and her Dad and they went out of their way to bring him to specialists; because 1) he was only 4 years old and 2) they realized how much he was loved. THE DOCTORS at this clinic brought him - we were not referred to as other clinics have a history of doing.
By: fodd282
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic Inc.
I have been taking my dogs and cats to this veterinary clinic for over 20 years, and they have always provided the best care possible for my animals. When my 11 year-old golden retrievers were diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma, they referred me to an excellent veterinary oncology surgeon who successfully took care of the problem. And two years later, when my golden was diagnosed with lymphoma, they found another oncologist who specialized in this disorder who put her into remission for over two years.
By: rsteller458
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic Inc.
We take both our dogs to Lincoln Park Dog & Cat and have always had a wonderful experience. We have a 9-year old mix and a golden retriever puppy. When we got the puppy and took him for his "well-puppy exam" Dr. Post spent over 30 minutes going over all the ins and outs of puppyhood and what to expect. What is normal, what isn’t normal...even though we already had a dog. Drs. and technicians are very thorough and we always leave feeling well taken care of. Staff is very friendly as well.
By: Dierdre O.
North Center Animal Hosp
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
By: albertt963
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic Inc.
I couldn’t love this place more! The staff is terrific to my dog, and takes great care of her, and seems to give her the extra special attention when she is not feeling so chipper! It makes me feel better that I know I can Bring my Dog here and know that they will do all they can to make her better! :) I highly recommend dr. sue! FANTASTIC! My dog and are both happy customers! :)
By: larissaa998
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic Inc.
I have been taking my animals to Dr. Ferraro 1995 and I will never go anywhere else. The doctor is so informative and good with everyone. In the years I've been seeing Dr. Ferraro of course some of my pets have passed away from old age and without fail, I always received sympathy cards from the staff even one with fur and paw prints from my cat.
By: xfelix70
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic Inc.
Without reservation or hesitancy, Lincoln Park Dog and Cat Clinic is the trusted place to turn to by a pet owner, if the owner wants honest opinions, the quality of care, commitment for a pet, and more than reasonable fees. We bring our dogs when we question the results or views of oother Doctors even though we live in Naperville.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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