Animal Hospital

Winnetka Animal Hospital is the North Shore’s premier animal hospital. We have provided the highest standard of care to the dogs and cats of Chicago’s North Shore since our founding in 2007. Our facility is highly advanced, ensuring top of the line patient care for your cat or dog. We are proud to provide a clean, modern, and comfortable facility for you to welcome your and your pet.  

Located in Winnetka, our facility serves animals from the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. To guarantee the safety of your pet, our veterinarians review each pet’s record thoroughly before each exam. We also have a great relationship with the various other clinics in our area.

We treat your pets like family

Our highest priority is the health of your pet. As you would expect from any member of your family, our veterinarians are diligent in providing the highest quality of care. We emphasize the importance of preventative care and client education, working together to satisfy the needs of your pet, as well as your own.

Winnetka Animal Hospital not only provides a highly trained team of veterinarians, but also a warm and comfortable environment for you and your beloved animal. To schedule your appointment today please call (847) 441-7474, and come experience the quality care you and your pet deserve.

We treat your pets like family at Winnetka Animal Hospital

Animal Hospital Versus Veterinary Clinic

When your pet gets sick or injured, you have to choose a place where they can get the care they need. That choice is between an animal hospital and a veterinary clinic.

There are some key differences between the two that can help you make an informed decision about where to take your pet for medical treatment.


Generally, an animal hospital is a larger facility with more veterinary staff to handle sick and injured pets. They often have in-house diagnostic equipment including X-rays, laboratories, and ultrasounds.

In addition, they may have boarding and overnight accommodations for sick or injured animals. They also have veterinarians with the skill set and equipment to perform more complicated surgical procedures than you can find in a typical vet clinic.

While the size of an animal hospital might not be the most important aspect, it’s something that will make a difference to your pet’s health. This is why it’s worth researching the best size of a veterinary clinic for your specific needs and budget. It’s a good idea to choose a location that will allow you to provide the best care for your pet while still allowing you to maintain the lifestyle you enjoy most. Whether that’s owning your private practice or working at a corporate-owned hospital, you should be able to achieve your career goals while helping keep your pets happy and healthy.


Just like with humans, veterinary doctors can specialize in several different areas. The American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes more than 20 specialties and subspecialties, ranging from veterinary anesthesiology to emergency care.

These professionals have specialized training beyond attaining their DVM degree and often take part in internships and residencies. These programs may require two to five years of intensive study and are life-consuming for the candidates.

Surgical specialists are trained to perform procedures in various areas of the body and often have specialized equipment to handle the most complicated cases. Some veterinary surgeons focus on small and large animals while others specialize in soft tissue surgery or neurosurgery. Some specialize in radiation oncology, which uses radiotherapy to treat cancer. Other veterinary medicine specialists are specialized in such fields as veterinary pharmacology and research.

Emergency Care

When your pet has an accident, a serious injury, or a medical condition that requires immediate care, your primary care veterinarian may recommend that you seek help from an animal hospital. These hospitals are specially staffed and equipped for emergencies such as trauma from a car crash, poison ingestion, heat stroke, seizures, snake bites, and animal attacks.

Emergency veterinary hospitals practice triage, which means they identify the most critical patients first. This means if your pet has been hit by a car, they will get the treatment they need right away to save their life.

Generally, pets in less severe conditions are asked to wait at the clinic until their regular veterinarian can see them. This can be frustrating, but it’s a necessary step to make sure your pet receives the best possible treatment.

Animal emergency clinics provide 24-hour care and have the staffing and equipment to support your pet throughout the night. You can call ahead and let the staff know you’re coming so they can prepare for your arrival and ensure safety protocols are followed.

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