Exotic pets like rabbits, ferrets, reptiles, birds, fish, hedgehogs, and guinea pigs have special care needs and Chicago Exotics specializes in meeting those needs. We operate a full service avian and exotic animal hospital featuring Dr. Susan Horton, Dr. Deanne Strat-Zenoni, Dr. Stephanie Moy, Dr. Dana Varble, Dr. Kristin Valdes and Dr. Kayla Golan! Their extensive knowledge and expertise with exotic species combines the best of personal and clinical experience.
Our location is in Skokie, Illinois. We provide service for the entire Chicago area as well as Southern Wisconsin and Western Indiana.Our hospital has the capability of serving all sorts of animals from the smallest fish to the largest reptiles. Our warm exotic ICU features avian incubators, reptilian incubators (aquatic and not), fish and amphibian ICU tanks, avian nebulizer units, and inline oxygen for all cages.
Outside the warm room, we have comfortable cages for all the soft fuzzy and not so fuzzy mammals and marsupials. We are especially bird friendly! Our in house diagnostic capability includes full blood and chemistry work, cytology, radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, and surgery. We offer the opportunity for unique species to receive competent and compassionate veterinary care. Cases are seen by appointment, but emergency patients are gladly accepted as the need arises.
We are no longer accepting personal checks for payment.Now available: Acupuncture and Chiropractic medicine for exotics! Dr Strat has been practicing these forms of alternative medicine for many years. She now offers these therapeutic options every other Friday. Call for an appointment today!Dr. Horton does provide housecall services for koi ponds and larger fish. She is also working on honey bee hive inspection calls and management.
Chicago Exotics does provide inspections for USDA permit holders as well.Soon we will be available for honey bee consultation. Dr. Horton has kept honey bees for many years. For information on the new rules regarding medicine for your bees, see http://www.beeculture.com/do-i-need-a-vet-for-my-bees/Erchonia Laser therapy is available by appointment! Call and schedule your laser therapy today!!Our Care Sheets section contains valuable information on caring for your pet.
If one of the doctors sent you to this website for a handout, this is where you want to go.Are you a vet looking for referral information? You will also need to fill out this referral sheet and send all pertinent lab work and imaging. Are you a new client who needs new client form? Please also fill out an Avian, Mammalian, Amphibian, Fish, or Reptile history form before you come in.
Just print then fill out these forms before your next visit and bring them with you. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment so that we can enter all this information into the computer.Are you a veterinary student looking for an externship? See our externship page for more information!Are you interested in joining our team? Take a look at our new job page. Have a look at our new blog section!Chicago Exotics has won Angie's List Super Service Award! Great job everyone!ReptileFest is April 14th from 10-5 and the 15th from 10-4 at Northeastern Illinois University Chicago at the Physical Education Complex.
For more information, click here. Reptile Rampage is March 11th from 10-4 at Lake Forest Parks & Recreation. For more information, click here. This beautiful artwork was done by Audrey Migeotte and will be featured in anart show in Paris this September. Click the image to see a larger version. She used one of Dr. Horton's pictures from our caresheet. All of the pictures on this website are copyrighted.
Please contact us if you are interested in using them for your project. Email: email@example.comOur staff occasionally participates in classroom projects. Here is a lovely Thank You from Micaela.See Also: Idaho Falls Animal Control
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Just like people, animals can get the flu (although a different strain), and just like people very few animals die from it. Sometimes viruses jump from one species to another, which can be concerning depending on the severity of the disease it causes. Horse flu has been recognized for about 40 years. In 2004, racing greyhounds in Florida were found to have an unusual respiratory illness. Investigators eventually found that the cause of the illness was the dog version of the horse flu (H3N8).
There was much press surrounding the outbreak. However, most cases have been confined to shelters and kennels where large groups of dogs are housed together. In 2009 a vaccine was developed against this new dog flu. As we have experienced in people, flu vaccines are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. This past April we were introduced to a new type of dog flu, H3N2, originally found in birds.
This flu was originally discovered in 2004 in South Korean dogs but has just now made it the U.S. The bottom line: the flu vaccine developed in 2009 is unlikely to offer any protection against the new H3N2 strain AND if there is any similarity to the human flu, there is something called antigenic shift. This is where a virus is completely changed and no longer recognized by the body’s immune system.
Hence, a vaccine developed prior to the shift is unlikely to be effective after the shift. Before getting your pet vaccinated against the flu educate yourself: – Vaccines are not benign and the true benefit of the vaccine should outweigh the risk of the disease. – The chance of dying from the flu is very low. – Can you help your pet avoid exposure to the flu (areas of crowding to include kennels/boarding facilities) Most dogs that get the flu will have symptoms of coughing, runny nose and fever.
Most cases are mild but a small number can become more serious due to secondary bacterial infection causing pneumonia and a smaller number of dogs can die. If your pet does show signs of coughing and decreased appetite, it is important that he/she be seen by a veterinarian. You should alert the hospital staff prior to bringing your pet into the animal hospital that your pet is coughing. Often, a broad spectrum antibiotic will be prescribed to help prevent secondary infections.
The recent outbreak in the Chicago area demonstrated that dogs suffering from the flu have less than a 0.2% chance of dying from it. This number is likely even lower as not all cases of flu were reported and not every pet with mild illness would have been brought to a veterinarian to be treated. So before you panic about dog flu and find that most clinics have run out of vaccine, take a deep breath and remind yourself … it’s just the flu.