West Loop Veterinary Care Warm Weather Safety Tips
815 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
P: 312-421-2275
F: 312-829-8387


Parking conveniently located in front of clinic on Randolph. There is street and metered parking on adjacent streets. We are located on the south side of Randolph St., west of Halsted St.


West Loop offers a folding ramp for easy wheelchair access. Please call ahead so we can put it in place.


MONDAY:  7:30am* - 8:00pm
TUESDAY:  7:30am* - 8:00pm
WEDNESDAY:  7:30am* - 8:00pm
(Closed from 1pm - 3pm for team training)
THURSDAY:  7:30am* - 8:00pm
FRIDAY:  7:30am* - 7:00pm
SATURDAY:  8:00am - 4:00pm
SUNDAY: Closed

*Early intake appointments begin at 7:30am. By request only, please. DVM appointments begin at 8:00am.

Any critically ill or injured pet will be seen immediately

Summer Dangers for Pets

Summer can present many dangers for pets. Here’s a list of potential dangers pet owners should be aware of as well as tips on how to keep pets safe.

Balconies, Decks and Windows

Every year when the weather warms up, pet owners and their pets head outside to enjoy the nice weather. Unfortunately, too often curious animals fall from balconies, decks and windows. Even a fall from a first floor window can result in broken legs, jaws or even death. If you are outdoors on a balcony or deck, keep your pet on a harness leash and under the control of a responsible adult. Make certain that windows have a secure screen.

Beaches, Boats & Pools

Not all dogs are good swimmers, so when on a boat or near a pool, keep your dog in a flotation device designed and fitted to them. At the beach, pool or on a boat, make certain your pet has a shaded spot and plenty of fresh, clean drinking water.

Bug Spray and Sun Screen

Human sunscreens can be poisonous to pets. Only use products specifically labeled for use on your pet. Never use products intended for dogs on cats or other animals and vice versa.

Canine Influenza Virus

Canine Influenza Virus is a highly-contagious illness that is easily spread from dog-to-dog and may even be spread to cats. If your dog is social – visiting doggy daycare, boarding or grooming facilities, dog parks or beaches, or lives in a building with other dogs, you should consider vaccinating your dog for the Canine Influenza Virus. One of our veterinarians can help you determine if the vaccine is appropriate for your pet.


Never leave your pet unattended in a car, even for short periods of time. Cars heat up quickly and pets can suffer from heatstroke – a serious problem that can damage the kidneys, liver, brain and other organs. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting and drooling, mild weakness and elevated body temperature. Warm weather is especially problematic for older, chronically-ill, overweight, or pug-nosed animals.


Keep your pet on its regular diet. Eating hot dogs, bratwurst, etc. can do more than cause an upset stomach -- it can lead to pancreatitis, a serious illness for pets. And be sure to keep alcoholic beverages away from pets as alcohol is poisonous to them.

Dog Bites

With dogs out and about during the summer months, dog bites happen. Every dog bite requires veterinary attention. Dog bites are not always readily apparent. If there is any chance your dog has been bitten by another dog, please seek immediate veterinary care. And remember to make sure your dog is up-to-date on its rabies vaccine. Unvaccinated dogs that bite another dog or a person may require quarantine at the owner’s expense.


Dogs can suffer from injuries just like people do. Make certain your pet is properly acclimated before taking it out on a run. Be aware of hot asphalt which can burn your dog’s paw pads. Overheating is also a concern. Your dog will continue to run with you, even to the point of danger to its own health, because it wants to please you. Monitor your dog when you run to be sure it doesn’t become overheated.


Many plants, such as lily, azalea, oleander and others are poisonous to pets. Make certain your pets aren’t eating plants in your garden or flowers you bring into the house. Herbicides and pesticides can also be toxic, so follow the directions closely and don’t allow pets into a treated area until the directions say it is safe to do so.


Leptospirosis is a serious illness spread by through the urine of rabbits, rats and other wild animals and it can make your dog very ill. It can also be spread to people. There is a vaccination to keep your dog from contracting this illness. You can check with one of our veterinarians to determine if the vaccine is appropriate for your dog.

Microchips and ID tags

All pets should be micro-chipped and wear collar tags so that it can quickly be reunited with its owner should it become lost.


A map from the Center for Disease Control shows a high incidence of Lyme Disease in the Chicago area. Carried by ticks, Lyme Disease can infect people and pets. Ticks aren’t the only problem for us and our pets. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes all carry disease that can be harmful or even fatal to your pet. Talk with one of our veterinarians to identify products that are best suited to protect your pet from these dangers. Be sure to use products only as directed.


When travelling in a car, pets should be secured in a crate or with a specially designed seatbelt harness. Dogs should not be allowed to hang their head out of the window as they can get hit by rocks and debris that can cause injury to their head or eyes. All pets should be micro-chipped and wear collar tags so that it can quickly be reunited with its owner should it become lost.

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