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Important Services To Look For At Your Animal Hospital

Published on September 14th, 2015

MarzipanIf you are looking for a new animal hospital in Chicago, you’ve probably noticed there are many options. Therefore, you’ll want to focus on the services offered and whether or not they offer preventative care when making your decision. Some pet hospitals will only handle emergency needs and won’t help with dental care or checkups. Finding one that will offer both options can ensure you get timely service and help when it’s most needed.


Does the vet you are looking at offer checkups? What about dental care? New pet owners may be looking for puppy wellness or kitten wellness programs. Senior pet owners may be looking for senior pet services. It’s important to list your pet’s current status when considering a new vet.


Whether your pet needs an ultrasound or radiographic diagnostic, these options can help save your pet’s life by finding out what is wrong in a painless and non-invasive way. While surgery may be needed to stop the problem, it won’t be necessary to find out what the problem is, making it a safer way to treat your pet.


No one wants to think about it, but emergencies may arise, and it is best to have someone to go to when a problem arises. Instead of waiting until your pet is hurt, and your vet isn’t open, start searching for hospitals now. You should also be able to find out whether or not your choice offers after-hours services, as some will not. If you have an emergency when they aren’t working, you’ll need an alternative location already planned out just in case.

Lab Services

In-house laboratories can make it much easier to run tests because they won’t have to send the results off to be analyzed. You could know within a few short hours what is wrong, and treatment can begin so much faster. Types of lab work can include chemistry panels, blood counts, electrolyte panels, urinalysis, cytology and individual chemistry testing. They should also offer screening tests for various diseases, such as parasite and pancreatitis.

Your Specific Pet

Before selecting the hospital, make sure they will be able to treat your pet. If you own a pocket pet, a bird, a reptile, or other, you may need to expand your search to find a vet who specializes in and can service these types of animals.

Portage Park Animal Hospital

At Portage Park Animal Hospital we offer regular health examinations, radiographic and ultrasound diagnostics. We also are equipped with an in-house laboratory. We work with a large number of veterinarians and can care for dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets. Don’t forget to ask us about our puppy and kitten programs and dental care. Please call us today to schedule an appointment: (773) 725-0260

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