Welcome to Animal House of Chicago!

New Cat Condos & Feline Play Area
Newly Renovated Small Mammal Boarding Is Now OPEN!
Learn more about our Cat Boarding and Boarding for Birds & Exotics
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Animal House of Chicago provides complete veterinary care for all pets – including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, reptiles, and exotic pets – in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding communities.

We are a modern and inviting hospital boasting superb veterinarians, and numerous caring support staff dedicated to our patients, clients, and community. Our highly-skilled veterinarians have extensive knowledge and expertise with Domestic & Exotic Pet species.

We are a full-service animal hospital emphasizing preventive care, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and care for sick and injured animals. Animal House of Chicago is an AAFP Cat Friendly PracticeOur veterinarians tailor their recommendations to each pet’s age, breed, lifestyle and medical history. Some of our services include:

  • Laser Therapy for Pets
  • Feline Boarding
  • Boarding for Birds, Small Mammals and other Exotics Pets
  • Animal Behavior Consulting
  • Dental Care
  • Deslorelin Hormone Implants
  • Bird DNA Sexing
  • Bird Grooming
  • Surgery Care and Hospitalization
  • Domestic & International Health Certificates

At Animal House of Chicago, we strive to provide the most advanced and compassionate pet health care for your pets. We look forward to caring for you and your pets!

Experience You Can Count On, Where Your Pets Are Treated Like Family.

We serve communities in the Chicago, Illinois area. Please call (773) 878-8002 to make an appointment for your pet!

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Monday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday:   8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed
     

Holiday Hours

We are OPEN on all bank holidays except the ones noted below.
Please give us a call at (773) 878-8002 with any questions!

Memorial Day Last Monday of May Closed
Independence Day July 4 Closed
Labor Day First Monday of September Closed
Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday of November
Closed
Christmas Eve Day* December 24 8am – 12pm*
Christmas December 25
Closed
Day After Christmas December 26 Closed
New Year's Eve Day* December 31 8am – 12pm*
New Year's Day January 1
Closed


*If this day falls on a Sunday, we will be CLOSED.

Happy Pawlidays from Animal House of Chicago

Dr. Byron de la Navarre opened Animal House of Chicago in January 2003. With the help of family and friends, Dr. de la Navarre built the practice. Through the years, the practice has undergone changes and improvements in keeping with the many ongoing advancements in veterinary medicine. We focus on providing the highest quality medical and surgical services for your companion animals.

The veterinarians and staff at Animal House of Chicago are committed to providing complete veterinary care throughout the life of your dog, cat, bird, small mammal, reptile or other exotic pet. We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care.

We serve communities in the Chicago, Illinois area. Please call (773) 878-8002 to make an appointment for your pet!

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At Animal House of Chicago, we are known for serving our patients and clients with compassion, empathy and integrity. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to help us continue providing the best care and service to our patients and clients.

If you believe your values match those of our practice and you would like to be part of an outstanding team, we would like to hear from you. For inquiries regarding employment at Animal House of Chicago, please contact:

Tracy de la Navarre
Hospital Manager
tdelanavarre@vetcor.com

Animal House of Chicago is seeking a friendly, outgoing technician for our fun, busy animal hospital. We are a full service animal hospital that specializes in avian and exotic pets. This is a part-time position that includes Tuesday - Saturday hours. Candidates must possess excellent customer service and communication skills.
 
Top priority will be given to LVT or CVT candidates and those with exotics experience, although all candidates will be considered.
 
If you are interested in joining our team, please email Tracy de la Navarre, Hospital Manager at tdelanavarre@vetcor.com

Please review our hospital policies and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Privacy & Confidentiality

Your pet's medical record is strictly private. We will not give out information regarding your pet without your specific permission.

Laboratory Testing, Radiology/Pathology

It is often necessary to perform laboratory and/or radiologic procedures, which are not included in the examination and office fee.

Telephone Calls

Since telephone diagnosis is inaccurate and can be detrimental to your pet, it is not our policy to diagnose or recommend treatment over the phone. Calls requesting information or regarding the status of a hospitalized pet may be returned by a trained veterinary technician or office personnel, facilitating callback time.

Payment for Services

Payment is due at the time services are rendered. If you have any special considerations regarding payment, please discuss this with the receptionist prior to seeing the doctor. We accept a variety of payment options, including cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit. Click for more information on our Payment Options.

Appointments

Our office hours are posted for your information. During office hours, our receptionist will assist you in scheduling a convenient appointment time. On your first visit it is suggested that you bring any previous medical records with you to facilitate recording a complete history. If you are calling after office hours, please leave your name and number on the answering service and we will return your call at the earliest possible time. Be sure to include your first and last name, pet's name and telephone number(s). Please arrive for scheduled appointments on time. In the event of a need to cancel an appointment, please give us 24 hours notice.

In the Office

All pets must be securely controlled. Birds and reptiles must be in a cage or carrier. Other animals must be properly restrained for the animals’ safety and others.

We accept a variety of payment options, including cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit.

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CareCredit

CareCredit for Veterinary ExpensesCareCredit is a personal line of credit for healthcare, both human and veterinary. It works like a credit card that is used for your pet's healthcare services. If your pet is ill and needs extensive medical treatment (immediate or long-term, preventive care services or surgery), CareCredit can finance 100% of your pet's needs with no up front costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties. Your pet's treatment can begin immediately upon approval.

The CareCredit application process is quick and easy. Your approval is based on information you provide in the application as well as previous credit history. To apply for instant credit approval, click here for CareCredit Online Credit Application. If accessing the Internet is not an option, you can also call their 24/7 phone number at 1-800-365-8295.

We are located at 2752 West Lawrence Avenue, Unit #3, in Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

Prolong Your Dog's Life

Animal House of Chicago provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Dog at Animal House of ChicagoAnnual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog’s lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme and Bordetella (Kennel Cough).

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog’s overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog’s health.
Animal House of Chicago recognizes that your pet cat is a very unique and intelligent creature with special care and handling needs. With our new addition and renovation, we have addressed those needs by providing a separate feline waiting area, exam rooms, treatment area, and cat boarding facility, as well as incorporating feline-friendly techniques to better serve you and your cat.


Prolong Your Cat's Life

  Cat in Feline-Friendly Waiting Area at Animal House of Chicago.
  Feline-friendly Waiting Area at Animal House of Chicago
  One of our feline-only exam rooms.

Animal House of Chicago provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Our recommendations for feline annual preventive care include:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
    • Blood Pressure Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

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Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Animal House of Chicago, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they stay healthy.

Below are our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year.

  • Kitten and Puppy in GrassPhysical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. At your puppy's or kitten's first visit, our technicians will first collect a history of your pet, and talk with you about its lifestyle, and any prior vaccination history.

    During the exam you will have the opportunity to ask questions you may have about your pet's health including physical changes you may notice, as well as any behavioral questions or concerns. We understand that your puppy or kitten is a valuable member of your family and we welcome any opportunity to advise you during this exciting time.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we create a personalized vaccination schedule based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously. Fecal testing helps identify parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and giardia. Because a large percentage are born with parasites (transferred from the parents), we recommend deworming every puppy or kitten.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping, as well as recommendations for Behavior Counseling, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Animal House of Chicago, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • Puppy and KittenA pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

Pet RabbitWe also also recommend spaying or neutering rabbits, guinea pigs, and rats for the following reasons:

  • Spaying rabbits reduces the risk of uterine cancer and other reproductive diseases.

  • Both spaying and neutering helps to improve the pet quality of your rabbits, greatly reducing undesirable behaviors such as aggression, destructive behaviors, and marking.

  • Spaying your guinea pig reduces the risk of cystic ovaries, uterine cancer, mammary tumors, and other reproductive organ tumors as they age.

  • Neutering your guinea pig reduces the risk of prostate cancer and also, mammary tumors.

  • Spaying rats early in life greatly reduces the risk of mammary and pituitary tumors.

Care for Sick and Injured Pets

At Animal House of Chicago, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.

Animal House of Chicago offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

Pet First Aid iconA successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians and technicians is supported by our:

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Digital Pet X-rayAnimal House of Chicago offers dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film X-ray

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Pet SurgeryAnimal House of Chicago provides veterinary surgical services for all types of pets. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we offer general surgeries as needed.

Why we're the best choice for your pet's needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Animal House of Chicago, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia—Isoflurane, a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet's pulse rate, oxygen levels, EKG, and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet's comfort.

Veterinary Dental Services

Our veterinarians provide veterinary dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis), gingival pocket treatment, local block for pain management, and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Animal House of Chicago is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology, such as digital dental x-rays, to provide your pet with a safe and advanced dental procedure. Digital dental x-rays allow our veterinarians to assess the integrity of an entire tooth - not just what is above the gum line - and any roots that are involved or compromised. 

Before Pet Dental Cleaning After Pet Dental Cleaning

 


Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet’s long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Animal House of Chicago offers a full range of dental services for pets including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your pet's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
  • Brush your pet’s teeth daily, or if every other day give your pet a dental hygiene chew
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health

 

rabbit getting laser therapyAnimal House of Chicago offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulation cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.

What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?

Feline conditions that pet laser therapy treats.   Canine conditions that pet laser therapy treats.  
       
Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Feline Acne
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Lacerations
  • Otitis (ear infections)
  • Post-surgical healing/pain relief
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Wound healing

If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy call us at (773) 878-8002 to schedule a consultation to find out how laser therapy can help your dog or cat.

Animal House of Chicago specializes in the care of Avian and Exotic pets. We offer preventive care, husbandry and nutritional counseling, behavior consultations, surgery and general care recommendations for your non-traditional pets. We understand that each species of exotic pet has its own specific needs for housing, nutrition and care.

Our veterinarians and supportive staff are experienced in treating and caring for all types of exotic pets including:

  • Amphibians
  • Armadillos
  • Birds
  • Chinchillas
  • Coatimundi
  • Degu
 
  • Exotic Cats
  • Fennec Foxes
  • Ferrets
  • Fruit Bats
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea Pigs
 
  • Hamsters
  • Hedgehogs
  • Kinkajous
  • Mice
  • Prairie Dogs
  • Rabbits
 
  • Rats
  • Reptiles
  • Sloths
  • Spiders
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Wallabies
             

Birds and exotic pets are masters at hiding signs of illness. Because many are prey species, they are "programmed" to hide injury or illness to prevent predators from targeting them. They can be critically ill before their owner realizes that they are sick, which is why it is important to bring your exotic pet to Animal House of Chicago for annual veterinary visits to detect any problems.

As part of a comprehensive exam, our experienced doctors and staff will assess and discuss husbandry, diet and other aspects of pet care. We will provide current information on relevant topics concerning your specific species of exotic pet.

If you are concerned or worried about any abnormality in your pet, please call immediately for an appointment.

Reptile at Animal House of Chicago

  Parrot at Animal House of Chicago   Pet Hamster at Animal House of Chicago

Animal House of Chicago offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet's medication is always available.

Other products available include:

  • Oxbow Diets and Treats for Small Mammals
  • Ferret Treats and Supplements
  • Reptile Vitamins and Minerals
  • UVA/UVB Bulbs

 

Animal House of Chicago offers boarding for cats, so that you can leave your pet in total comfort at our full service boarding facility. We always pay special attention to assure your cat is safe and comfortable. We cater to special needs felines, too! (Learn more about our boarding services for birds, small mammals, reptiles and other exotic pets here.)

 

Cat Jebadiah enjoys the new kitty condos at Animal House of Chicago.

  Our Cat Condos & Play Area

At Animal House of Chicago, we try to make your pet's vacation a special occasion; we understand that the decision to board your pet can be an anxious time for both you and your special friend. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.

New Cat Condos and Feline Play Area

Our new Cat Condos are designed specifically for cats. Standard features include a built-in feeding and watering ledge, a resting ledge and a privacy area for litter. Other feline boarding features include:

  • Newly renovated feline boarding and play areas
  • Feline-friendly environment — No dogs allowed
  • At least 1/2 hour of playtime included with boarding
  • Large viewing windows in the boarding area
  • Cat tree as well as ledges for your furry friend to play and explore
  • Beds and blankets as well as cat toys provided for your cat's comfort and amusement

Boarding Amenities

  • Clean Condos sanitized/refreshed twice daily
  • Attentive Staff interact with your pet throughout the day
  • Extra Pats, Rubs, and Lots of Love administered daily
  • Individualized Care
  • Daily Veterinary Observations
  • Veterinary Medical Services if needed
  • A Clean and Comfy Atmosphere
  • Convenient Care
  • All the Comforts of Home!

Medical Boarding Options

  • Administration of insulin, subcutaneous fluids or daily oral medication available

We encourage all pet owners to bring at least two familiar toys from home so that your cat feels more comfortable at its "home away from home."

Cat Boarding Requirements

All cat boarders must be current on the following:

  • Annual Physical Exam by an Animal House of Chicago veterinarian
  • Vaccines: Feline Rabies, Distemper, and Feline Leukemia (only for cats allowed outdoors)
  • A negative Feline Leukemia/Feline Immuno Deficiency Virus test
  • A negative fecal test
  • Flea Treatment: All Cat boarders will receive a Capstar Flea oral treatment at time of boarding

*Please note — if your cat tests positive for any of the tests required for boarding, they will be able to board with us in a designated isolation area for an additional fee.

Feel free to drop off your pet's vaccine history to us prior to arrival. We look forward to your cat's vacation!

We see pets during our normal hospital hours by appointment. If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please call us at 773-878-8002 for immediate assistance. We will make every effort to see your pet immediately. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

What is an Emergency? In this article, you will find a checklist of symptoms that may indicate your pet needs emergency veterinary care.

We refer after-hours emergencies to:

Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center
3123 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
(P) 773-281-7110

BluePearl — Northbrook
1810 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, IL 60062
(P) 847-564-5775

Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital
7510 W North Avenue, Elmwood Park, Il 60707
(P) 708-453-4755

Animal House of Chicago offers boarding for birds, small mammals, reptiles and other exotic pets, so that you can leave your pet in total comfort at our full service boarding facility. We always pay special attention to assure your pet is safe and comfortable. We cater to special needs pets, too! (Learn more about our boarding services for cats here.)

Our top priority is to make your pet's vacation a special occasion. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.

 Newly Renovated Small Mammal Boarding — Now OPEN!


Our small mammal boarding has been expanded with the addition of five new rabbit pens. These pens offer a roomy environment where your pet can hop and play. Rest easy knowing that you rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas are all kept together in this small mammal area, free from the disruption of other animals visiting our hospital. This area is also located in a dog-free zone!

  Guinea Pig at Animal House of Chicago

Boarding Amenities

  • Clean Cages sanitized/refreshed twice daily
  • Attentive Staff interact with your pet throughout the day
  • Extra Pats, Rubs, and Lots of Love administered daily
  • Individualized Care
  • Fresh Vegetables and Fruits prepared daily for Bird Boarders
  • Daily Veterinary Observations
  • Veterinary Medical Services if needed
  • A Clean and Comfy Atmosphere
  • Convenient Care
  • All the Comforts of Home!

We encourage all pet owners to bring at least two familiar toys or, for bird owners, a favorite perch from home so that your bird feels more comfortable at his "home away from home."

Requirements for Birds

  • Avian pets must be current on annual exams and labs.
  • A Physical Exam must be performed by one of our veterinarians and is required prior to boarding. Diagnostics include: a complete blood count (CBC), fecal and mouth smear.
  • In addition, all birds must be tested for Psitticosis, Polyoma, Psiticine Beak and Feather Disease, and the Borna virus. To ensure the safety of your pet, we do vaccinate most boarding birds for Polyoma.

Requirements for Exotic Small Mammals and Reptiles

A Physical Exam must be performed by one of our veterinarians and is required prior to boarding. Diagnostics include: a complete blood count (CBC) and fecal.

Additional requirements for rabbits and bearded dragons include:

  • All Rabbit boarders must be tested for e. cunniculi prior to or on the first day of boarding.
  • All Bearded Dragons must be tested for Adenovirus prior to or on the first day of boarding.

*Please note — if your pet tests positive for any of the tests required for boarding, they will be able to board with us in a designated isolation area for an additional fee.

Feel free to drop off your pet's vaccine history to us prior to arrival. We look forward to your pet's vacation!

 
 
 

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New Clients

Thank you for choosing Animal House of Chicago to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. (This form is for new clients and existing clients with new pets.) Please bring it with you to your pet's first appointment or drop it off in advance. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

  Pet Exams icon   Pet Vaccines icon  
 

Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
Pet Dental & Oral Care icon   Veterinary Lab Tests icon   Parasite Prevention icon
Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
  Pet Nutrition icon   Spaying & Neutering icon  
  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

Pet Home Care icon   Care for Pets at All Ages icon   Pet Ages & Stages icon

Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

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Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
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Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

 
 
     
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Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

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It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

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Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.

Identification

Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.

Safety

Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.

 

Exercise

Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.

Training

Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.

Amphibian, Reptile, and Aquatic Pet Care

Animal & Veterinary Associations

Avian Pet Care

Bird Behavior Training, Advice & Information

Dental Care for Pets

Exotic Animal Foods, Products & Supplies

Avian and Exotic Pet Rescues & Clubs

Humane Societies

Pet Articles & Tips

Pet Grief Support

Pet Insurance

Pet Products

Veterinary Education

Byron de la Navarre, DVMPast-President, Assn. of Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
Past-President, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
Illinois State Liaison, Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)
Co-Director, Midwest Exotic Pet Seminars (MEPS)
Chairperson, Chicago Herpetologic Society's (CHS) Conservation & Research Committee
Member, Member Services Committee, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Dr. Byron de la Navarre is Chief of Staff at Animal House of Chicago. He opened this practice in January 2003 doing much of the construction on his own with help from friends and family. He takes great pride in his work as well as in his practice of veterinary medicine.

His love of animals began as a young boy growing up outside New York City. He had his own pet sitting service as well as his own business "Fish-ician" setting up and maintaining Aquaria in various homes and businesses. He managed one of the largest privately owned pet stores in New York specializing in exotic pets. Dr. de la Navarre attended Cornell University as an undergraduate. There he did Honors Research in Captive Husbandry & Breeding of Perigrine Falcons at the Cornell Ornithology Laboratory. He also took part in a Master's Research project in Psittacine Nutrition. Dr. de la Navarre then went on to the Veterinary College at Cornell, receiving his DVM degree in 1990.

Jennifer Ivankovig, DVM with CatDr. Jennifer Ivankovig ("Dr. Jenny") has been practicing veterinary medicine at Animal House of Chicago for the past six years. She grew up in LaPorte, Indiana and currently resides in Chicago. Dr. Jenny completed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University in 2000 and then went on to earn her DVM degree from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Prior to joining us, Dr. Jenny worked at a small animal practice in Wake Forest, North Carolina for nearly two years. Her medical interests include Exotics (small mammals and birds) as well as Feline Medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Jenny enjoys reading, baking and riding her bike. She has two cats (Oliver and Claude) and one bird, a Red Lored Amazon Parrot, named Leroy.

Ellen Boyd, DVMDr. Ellen Boyd went to veterinary school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she was able to focus on exotic animal medicine and wildlife. She completed an internship at the Audubon Zoo's Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans and stayed for an two additional years as an associate veterinarian. She began her reproductive research with cranes and really began to love working with birds. Dr. Boyd continued working with migratory birds and earned a PhD degree in 2007 from the University of Washington in Seattle doing field work all over the West Coast and the Arctic Circle. Her dissertation focused on avian endocrinology and reproduction.

Before joining the Animal House of Chicago team in 2014, Dr. Boyd worked in shelter medicine at Paws Chicago and as a relief veterinarian at many animal hospitals in the greater Chicago area. Her main interests are exotic animal medicine, general surgery and shelter medicine. Dr. Boyd feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with animals as companions and in their natural habitats.

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Despite the fact that your exotic pets are kept indoors, there are still some key concepts to keep in mind when winter and its inclement weather begins.

Colorful Bird1. Taking your animal outside in the cold (i.e. a trip to the veterinarian) does not mean that the animal will “catch a cold”, yet one needs to take proper precautions. This includes sheltering your pet from the elements—wind, rain, and snow. It is smart to warm up your car before transporting your pet. Also, plan ahead if you intend to make any stops along the way and leave your pet in the car - treat your pet as you would a newborn infant.

2. Birds can be bathed indoors during the winter. If it is not too stressful an experience for the bird, it can be bathed frequently even in winter. The accepted method of bathing your bird (i.e. misting, spraying, showers, etc) should be done early in the day to allow full drying. Allow your bird to dry off in the bathroom before moving him or her back to a cooler room. Hairdryers can be used on a low setting only if they are safe and do not scare the bird.

3. Transport reptiles in a warmed container, such as a ventilated cooler, that is kept in the desired temperature zone for the animal. Reptiles rely on their environment to determine body temperature.