Providing Exceptional Care to Western Chicago Suburban Pets

Our goal is to provide our clients and patients with the highest quality veterinary care. Moreover, our dedicated staff treats each patient with kindness and respect in a warm, friendly atmosphere. We understand and honor the bond that exists between our clients and their pets.

Our Reputation

Carlson Animal Hospital has one of the most technically advanced group of animal doctors in the western Chicago suburbs. While skilled in everyday wellness and preventive care, we are also known as the "go-to" hospital for more challenging or complex conditions. We routinely work with and consult with leading veterinary experts and universities throughout the country. Operating similarly to a human "teaching" hospital, we employ the region’s best and brightest and utilize the most current techniques. We work diligently to determine the cause of your pet’s illness and to identify the correct course of treatment.

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Our Credentials

Carlson Animal Hospital is American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited, which is true for less that 15% of all practices. AAHA is an international organization that helps to set the standards for high-quality veterinary practices and facilities. AAHA accreditation is widely held as the measure of excellence in veterinary medicine. Accredited hospitals are reviewed regularly, to ensure they comply with evolving knowledge and technology. Carlson Animal Hospital has consistently been an AAHA accredited practice for more than 30 years.

Dr. Richard A. Carlson is board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practice. All of our veterinarians and support staff have daily medical and surgical rounds. They regularly attend medical and surgical forums, while reading the most current medical literature to help us offer you the state-of-the-art care. Our veterinarians, support staff, and enlisted specialized consultants work as a team to carefully and accurately diagnose and treat your pet.

Our Staff

Carlson Animal Hospital has five veterinarians and a 15-member staff of technicians and other support staff. A number of our team members have been providing exceptional veterinary care and customer service for 5, 10, and even 20 years. We pride ourselves on excellent patient care, education, and client communication.

Our Facility

From our humble beginnings 35 years ago in a rehabilitated 900-square-foot dry cleaners, we’ve come a long way. Our hospital today occupies 3,200 square feet and includes four exam rooms, fully equipped surgery suites, special diagnostic room, anesthesia recovery and intensive care units, and state-of-the-art digital radiography, digital ultrasound, computerized medical record system, advanced anesthesia monitoring computers, digital dental radiography, and a newly renovated kennel for boarding.

Pricing and Payment

Despite our practice’s trademark of providing meticulous, quality care, our pricing for services compares favorably with other veterinary practices in the area that offer comparable services.

We accept all forms of payment including cash, check, debit cards, VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. If you have pet health insurance, we will provide any paperwork you require in order to submit claims. We also offer CareCredit. Designed exclusively for health care expenses, CareCredit works similar to a credit card. However, unlike credit cards, it offers low or no interest, zero hidden fees, and low minimum payments.

Many of our clients travel for our expertise. Areas served include:

  • River Forest
  • Berwyn
  • Clarendon Hills
  • South Loop—Chicago
  • Gold Coast—Chicago
  • River North—Chicago
  • Downers’s Grove
  • Hinsdale
  • Lisle
  • Elmhurst
  • Galewood
  • Elmwood Park

We understand the special bond that exists between people and their pets. Therefore, we at Carlson Animal Hospital pledge to provide our community and surrounding areas with the highest quality veterinary medicine and surgical care. The promise of our dedicated and professional staff is to create a neighborly atmosphere and to treat each patient with sincere concern and respect.

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

CareCredit AAHA