Exotic, Pocket Pets & Avian Veterinary Services

Dogs and cats are our most frequent visitors, but we can also provide exotic, pocket pet* and avian vet care services by appointment during non-emergency hours at our Dundee, Algonquin, and Elgin locations*. We hope that by offering these services, we can keep more pets healthy and happy, and educate their owners in caring for them properly.

Dr. Adamo, Dr. Lupo, and Dr. O'Brien are well trained in treating less conventional pets. Your furry or feathered friend should see us routinely for wellness exams and diagnostics. Whether your ideal pet is a hedgehog, ferret, Scarlet macaw or hamster, they deserve the best treatment we can offer.

Before you adopt your new pet, it's important to understand the responsibility they will require. Avians, exotics and pocket pets need lots of care and attention and should see their veterinarian at least once a year for a comprehensive exam.

*Due to allergies, we are only able to treat rabbits and guinea pigs at our Elgin location. 

Caring for Your Exotic Pet

Caring for Your Exotic Pet

Exotic pet care applies to a range of species, from reptiles to ferrets. As with cats, dogs, and birds, we recommend annual health evaluations. We also welcome questions regarding their care, whether it relates to their feeding habits, behaviors, living arrangements or overall health. We may also perform a fecal exam and other diagnostics to check for diseases and parasites, which can be harmful to your pet if left untreated.

Pocket Pet Care

Pocket Pet Care

When it comes to pocket pets, looks are deceiving. Despite their small size, they need considerable space to accommodate their day-to-day activities, along with a climate-controlled environment. Pocket pets are sensitive to temperature changes and, like other animals, will try to hide any signs of illness. During their wellness exam, we would be happy to answer your questions about their diet, proper handling, habitat, socialization and behavior. If you need recommendations for appropriate housing or other aspects of your pet's care, we would be glad to help you.

Due to allergies, we are only able to see or treat rabbits and guinea pigs at our Elgin location. 


Dr. Kersting is an excellent, well educated Veterinarian and person, very nice bed side manner. My husband and I highly recommend this Vet/hospital open 24/7. Never turn away anyone either, always willing to help and give advice too.
-Katie E.

First time here, and the whole staff was simply amazing! We were in, taken to the exam room, discussed the X-rays in just under an hour...The DR called me every few hours to keep me updated on my cat, we picked her up that evening and she is doing much better...Follow up with the cardiologist soon! But I would like to thank everyone here, who were so welcoming and sweet to us, especially since I was a total mess!!
-Tiffany K.

Could not be happier with our first visit. The staff was friendly and efficient. The vets are knowledgeable and all have a real compassion for animals and it shows! So glad that we found this place and our miniature Schnauzer named Schnitzel is too!
-Deborah L.

I pass several animal hospitals to reach this location. The staff is exceptional to me and has always treated my pets well.
-Dawn M.

My little Gina is 15 now and still going strong, thanks to the entire staff here. Gina has had a few problems that you have always managed to help her with, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
-Donna C.

Thank you for taking such great care of our dog early this morning in Dundee. He had a medical emergency and the staff couldn't have been more caring or professional.
-Sandra C.

Dr O'Brien is fantastic! She provides comprehensive, patient centered care with compassion. She is focused on heath maintenance and knows just when to provide effective interventions when problems arise. Her confidence, empathy and compassion make me feel more than comfortable in following her recommendations. Thank you Dr O'Brien for your service!
-Jessica V.

I’ve been taking my pets here forever. Always great care given and Dr. Kelly Kavanaugh is the absolute best!
-Kimberly O.

We'd been taking our litter mate pugs here since they were puppies, just under 14 years. We've always enjoyed the entire staff's pleasant, accommodating and professional attitudes. My family recently had to make the toughest decision there is regarding our beloved Chili. We will be forever grateful for the compassion they showed us and our sweet dog at the end of his days. A very special thanks to Dr Lupo, probably the kindest person we've ever met. It's obvious these people not only know what they're doing, they genuinely love animals. Thank you all so so much.
-Nicole S.

Had an emergency visit with this clinic today for our Schnoodle. Never have been here before but could not have been treated any better by the technicians and the vet on call. Nora and her family thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking care of our sweet girl.
-Tara A.

I've had some poor vet experiences before, but the staff and veterinarians at Dundee Animal Hospital are the most caring and trustworthy vets I've been to. I'll never take my pets anywhere else. You are the best!!! Thank you for awesome customer service and making me feel good about bringing my animals here.
-Leasha N.

The Algonquin location with Dr. Kristin Kamholz and Dr. Mark Rusley are both OUTSTANDING professionals and both have a very high level of skills! I am ALWAYS happy and satisfied with their service. I highly recommend to everyone to use this clinic to take care of their furry friends.
-Nikki L.

The doctors and staff at Dundee Animal Hospital have been providing our furry family members with excellent, compassionate care for more than 20 years. Thank you.
-Cheryl W.

I have seen pretty much seen every vet here and been here for emergency services. Everyone, including the front staff, the techs, and the vets are amazing. One of my dogs is a bit difficult, and they are always accommodating without judgment. I wouldn’t take my animals anywhere else!
-Lori P.

“The employees were so nice. They took us in right on time. Loved them.”
-Jessica C.

We came in on an early Sunday morning with my dog that needed an emergency procedure. Amazing vet, amazing staff, great care!
-Anna A.

The staff is very friendly and haven taken great care of our dog.
-Courtney A.

Love Dundee Animal Hospital and Dr Kersting! Thanks for all you do!
-Cris N.

Thank you to Dr. Kavanaugh for taking such great care of my 2 senior dogs, Frankie and Roma, over the past month. Her compassion and love have gone above and beyond and I am so grateful to her!
-Kirstin W.

The doc and staff were great. I felt that my girl was in caring hands from the time we came in to the follow up visit. Huge relief.
-Nicolas C.

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