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    Important Announcement from Drs. Molly and Steve
    To all of our wonderful clients and friends:

    I am writing to inform you that Dr. Steve Barten and I will be retiring at the end of December.

    This is a bittersweet letter to write. We both have been practicing veterinary medicine for over four decades. Over these many years we have been a part of your lives by virtue of caring for your beloved pets. We’ve experienced your joy of having a new furry (or scaly!) family member, as well as your sorrow of loss. There’s a special bond that veterinarians have with their clients and their pets, and we have been honored to share that with you.

    The best part of veterinary medicine has been our patients. It’s such a pleasure to come to work every day and be able to help so many wonderful animals. We’ll miss the wagging tails from dogs and the head butts from cats, and we’ll also miss the ones that weren’t so crazy about seeing us! After these many years, we have our tricks, and it was always satisfying to be able to help put some of our more anxious patients at ease.

    We are leaving you in the caring and capable hands of Dr. Susan Sneed and Dr. Jeremy Caseltine. Most of you already know them, and I assure the rest of you that you will find them to be excellent veterinarians.

    We truly appreciate your trust and loyalty, and we’ll miss seeing you all.


    Here are some questions/answers that we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren’t covered here, please feel free to give us a call at Vernon Hills Animal Hospital.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the hospital hours?

    Our hospital is open Monday – Tuesday from 8 AM to 7 PM, Wednesday – Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM.

    What forms of payment do you accept?

    We accept cash, checks, credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, and Visa), and CareCredit.

    Learn more about our payment options here.

    At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

    Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 6 months of age. However, new research has revealed that some larger breeds, such as Labradors and Golden Retrievers, shouldn’t be neutered until at least a year of age. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also, a pre-anesthetic blood screening is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.

    How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?

    Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed in 10 to 14 days following the surgery.

    Do you board pets?

    Local ordinances prevent us from boarding pets. However, our hospitalized patients can be kept in our animal hospital overnight.

    Do I need to have an appointment?

    Yes, our veterinarians see patients by appointment only.

    Can I make payments?

    Payment is required at the time of service.

    Learn more about our payment options here.

    What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

    This is a blood test that is run here in the clinic prior to surgery. It tests the organ functions, blood counts, and clotting function of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery and the ability to heal following surgery.

    Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter?

    No, there is no advantage to letting your pet have one litter. However, there are plenty of advantages to having your pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors later in life, decreasing the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreasing the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.