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By: Jesse E.
John T Kasmersky DVM
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.
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: 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: Michael F.
Chicago Cat Clinic
I have been a customer of Chicago Cat Clinic for over a year and spent in excess of $1000.00 in fees, but apparently asking for a refill of prednisone was too much for them to handle. They demanded a blood test costing $80.00 for a refill of the prescription which cost $10.00. Also, at other times they would want a blood test for no reason, My cat isn't sick why do you want a blood test. They would become surly or offended. You have to watch them constantly or they will inflate the bill with any number of possible charges. They are not to be trusted. Even lf you think you have a vet you can trust they will try to give you a vet you've never seen before and so the game begins again. I will not be going back to this clip joint.
By: Angela O.
Blum Animal Hospital
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.
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By: shay0317
Bronzeville Animal Clinic
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!!
By: Juliana U.
Metropolitan Veterinary Center
I would have no doubt recommending this clinic, particularly to anyone who wants nothing less but the best service for their beloved pets.
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By: Sheila C.
Auburn Animal Hospital
Updates have been made and the staff has greatly improved....very informative and helpful.A great full service animal hospital!
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By: Nancy D.
Paws Chicago
My dog was fine. You have to wait for dog to be dropped off and then pick up later. He never calmed down but I love him. <3
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By: Aasia K.
Uptown 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.
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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