Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
Emergency & Urgent Care
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 7 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as hit by car, chemical poisoning,and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
Types of Pets Seen
Because a large number of veterinarians practice at Glendale Animal Hospital, we can care for many types of pets:
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Dogs should be seen yearly, semi-yearly if over 7 years of age.
Rabies vaccine and distemper combo vaccines are considered core vaccines (for all dogs). Rabies can be given as 1-year or 3-year. Every dog over 16 weeks of age is required by law to be current on rabies, receive a county certificate and tag, and to be registered with their village (by owner).
After the puppy series of vaccinations, we recommend the distemper vaccination at one year, then at 3 year intervals. All other vaccinations are optional and the recommendation for them is based on lifestyle and risk assessment, i.e. bordetella, lepto, and lyme. We do not recommend Giardia or corona vaccines at all.
Cats should be seen yearly, twice a year over 7 years of age.
Rabies vaccine for cats is only 1 year duration. A 3- year vaccination is recognized by the state of Illinois but is the canine product which has been linked to cancer in cats and, therefore, never recommended at this animal hospital. The feline distemper vaccine is also considered core (essential) for all cats. It is given in a series for kittens, a 1 year booster, then every 3 years, Feline leukemia is the only elective feline vaccine we recommend. A series of 2 in all kittens, a 1 year booster for all cats, then yearly through adulthood for only cats at risk (outdoors). All cats under the age of 2 have heightened susceptibility to FELV. FIV, giardia, and ringworm, vaccines are not recommended at this hospital.
At any time during an animal's life, the Glendale Animal Hospital veterinarian may suggest stopping all vaccinations due to age or a health problem (i.e. cancer or immune system disease). In this case, the veterinarian will aid you in any problems that may arise with your county animal control.