Where Compassionate, Personalized Veterinary Care & Expertise Come Together
Carlson Animal Hospital is a client-centered practice that understands your cat or dog is a cherished companion. Our pledge is to provide the highest quality veterinary medicine and surgical care to our community and the surrounding western Chicago suburbs. We provide the best of a general practice—trusted, compassionate care—along with the advanced care of a specialty clinic. We routinely consult with specialists and universities around the country.
If you are seeking a highly skilled, caring veterinary hospital where each patient is treated with sincere concern and respect, please call us today.
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Willow and I had a great experience thanks to all of you.
– Trina Ealey
Thank you again! We will continue to visit Carlson Animal Hospital and recommend it to others.
– Alexis Howe
We love all the vets and staff at Carlson Animal Hospital. We have always received wonderful care there! We are happy and don’t want to switch vets!
– Karin & Grant Johnsey
We think you are the greatest Dr. Carlson. Thanks for all the years of gentle, loving care for our dear pets.
– Jack & Kathy Weyna
My dog has never had such a thorough initial exam as with Dr. Swindell. Dr. Carlson was very compassionate, and clearly explained the diagnostics and treatment plan. I appreciated the doctors consult.
– Robin Dannevik
Dr. Rich Carlson saved my dog’s life recently and he is a wealth of information. Dr. Carlson also treated my other dog for a number of years and prolonged his life comfortably once he was diagnosed with kidney disease. Dr. Carlson is extremely sensitive to the quality of life to all animals. Dr. Carlson not only saves animals, but also saves the family’s lives who so dearly love their pets!
– Tim & Trish Kuhn
Once again, thanks for saving Stella. She might not be here if it wasn’t for all of you.
– Joan Goodrich
– Jamie Pool
Great first experience at Carlson Animal Hospital!
– Melissa Drysdale
The staff was polite and very helpful.
– Kenge Dismuke
My puppy is my "pup-son" he is a member of our family and Carlson Animal Hospital staff respect that. I really am satisfied with the comfort zone the facility and staff represent. Thank you from "Nukolas Tubbs".
– Arleshia Tubbs
Tiger was a new patient and your staff made time for him on a Saturday. Tiger and I appreciate it greatly. We are new to Oak Park and plan to visit Carlson Animal Hospital again.
– Kim Parker
Great service! I will definitely be back. I already booked another appointment. Also great website! Very easy to add my info online. I much prefer that to filling out a long personal Info form in the waiting room. Much quicker!
– Kelly Burns
Just thank you very much!
– Lora Fedele
– Joanna Senter
I appreciate the offer you extended to send various pet health articles to me via email. I am interested in canine health and I intend to begin investigating various topics via the internet and print media. Thanks!
– Vincent Mastro Laddy
I sincerely like the service I received at Carlson Animal Hospital.
– Cynthia Sipp
I am always happy with the service that I receive at Carlson Animal Hospital. The doctors are very compassionate and nice and it makes taking my pet to the vet a lot less stressful experience for me and my animal. The front staff is also very pleasant and efficient, I’ve never had to wait. The vet techs are also very good with my pet. I always feel like my cat will get the best care when I bring him to Carlson Animal Hospital.
– Jillian Foley
I have been a client of Dr Carlson’s since he started his practice in Oak Park. All my pets have been like my children and I feel that the staff treat them as if they are. I always highly recommend your office and all the doctors to anyone with pets. Maggie is my first dog and she always receives excellent care. Sometimes we forget to tell you how we feel and to say thank you.
– Maggie & Liz Stallone
We have been very pleased with our experiences over the last two years for both our cat and our dog. The staff are professional and really knows our pets.
– Dan & Elizabeth Teague
I feel extremely confident going to Carlson Animal Hospital. I do not believe there is another doctor(s) who could provide the service they provide. I can call anytime and receive any and all information needed. They reassure me in uncomfortable situations and don’t waste my money. We are on very satisfied. Time and time again the doctors have gone over and above to what is needed.
– Andrea Barr
Thank you for the service!
– Rima Dafer
The assistants at the front counter are great, very friendly and knowledgeable.
– Eileen Wehrheim
We are new patients and have seen Dr. Carlson. This is by far the best vet clinic any of my dogs have been to and all of the staff are friendly, caring and helpful.
– Debbie Hanford
You guys are the best! We've been with you since 1997...from Bob, to Barkley, Allison, Molly and Elliott!
– David Breyer
I think that the staff demonstrated a good deal of compassion for my cat and myself. Many thanks!
– Michelle Kopteros
Your receptionists are very courteous, I have never felt rushed.
– Josephine Kreutter
This was not a routine check-up and the staff and Dr. Carlson responded with the attention, quality and friendliness that is the standard of this practice. The promptness of the morning tests and follow-up later in the day were indicative of the consistent superior care we have come to expect and appreciate.
– Mr. & Mrs. Hammersley
You were recommended highly and there’s no doubt in my mind why this is so.
– Carmin Turco
I have been a customer for a long time with various pets. I appreciate your services and that I don’t have to wait long to schedule an appointment.
– Lisa Wilcoxen
I like the neighborhood atmosphere of Carlson Animal Hospital. I started going to it because it was "talked up" among the other dog owners at the dog park across the street.
– Mary Herlehy
Keep up the good work!
– Glenda Ross
The entire staff is very friendly and caring. I can tell by how Muffin reacts as to how friendly a staff member is. When I first started bringing her to Carlson Animal Hospital, she was very frightened, now it’s like she is with all her friends. Keep up the good work.
– Ronnaleigh Schmidt
The staff are the absolute greatest! We bring many of our animals to the hospital for different reasons and have never had a bad experience.
– Carole & Alex Kozawick
My husband and I have had nothing but positive experiences at Carlson Animal Hospital. In our opinion, the staff has gone out of their way to accommodate our dogs, and we truly appreciate it. We know that Rudy and Russell are receiving the care that they deserve, and it’s obvious that the staff watch over them with love.
– Mr. & Mrs. Verhoff
Dr Carlson cares passionately about the practice of veterinary medicine -- and spends a tremendous amount of time keeping up with and administering care according to the very latest findings -- and teaching these findings to his staff of doctors -- FANTASTIC! to be contributing to the next generation of superior scientific veterinarians.
– Linda Carlisle