Forest South - Our Team

VCA Forest South Animal Hospital

708-672-6166

24341 Western Avenue, University Park, IL, 60484

  • Open

  • Mon-Fri:

    7:00 am - 8:00 pm

  • Sat:

    7:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Sun:

    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Free First Exam

Experience exceptional pet health care.

Caring for pets... and their people, too.

Welcome to VCA Forest South Animal Hospital. We are a full-service veterinary care facility located in University Park, Illinois. We treat dogs, cats, and exotic animals, which includes birds, reptiles and pocket pets, such as rats and hamsters. We are open 7 days a week with extended business hours - appointments recommended.

In addition to our full veterinary services, we offer alternative therapies such as stem cell therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care, as well as boarding, grooming, and daycare. 

Emergency

Call the hospital immediately.

Free First Exam

Sign up for a free pet health exam. The team looks forward to meeting you soon.

Wellness Plans for Your Pet

Preventive nose-to-tail care.

Prescriptions, pet food
and more...So you'll

Never Forget It

Pet care you can count on - because VCA delivers.

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Animals Seen

Avians, Cats, Dogs, Exotics, Pocket Pets, Pot-bellied Pigs, Rabbits, Reptiles

Request an Appointment

To schedule your pet’s visit with our hospital, select Request an Appointment below. In the event of a pet medical crisis, no appointment is needed. Simply select Emergency below to view emergency information.

Request an Appointment

To schedule your pet’s visit with our hospital, select Request an Appointment below. In the event of a pet medical crisis, no appointment is needed. Simply select Emergency below to view emergency information.

Forest South - Our Team

Our Pledge to You and Your Pet

An exceptional pet healthcare experience.

Our Team Overview

The friendly, professional team at VCA Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission and life's work to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on many individuals; each team member is equally important in helping us deliver the best experience for both you and your pet.  And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to...

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Our Veterinary Services

At VCA Animal Hospitals, your pet's health is our top priority, provided through high-quality, professional care and genuine personal service. We pledge to instill client trust and confidence that your pet will always receive compassionate, gentle care, as well as the highest standard of veterinary medical service available. We pledge to provide the finest personal service and facilities for you, our clients and your special pets.

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Know Your Pet

Tube Feeding - Esophagostomy Tubes in Cats

An esophagostomy tube is a small rubber tube that enters the esophagus through a surgical incision on the side of the neck. This allows food you to place food directly into the esophagus so that it can flow down into the stomach. The feeding tube is not placed directly into the stomach.

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Nutrition - Feeding Guidelines for Cats

Feeding your cat the appropriate amount of a well balanced diet is vital to the maintenance of overall health and well-being, just as eating a well balanced diet is for us. In order to understand how and what to feed cats, it is necessary to understand how the nutritional requirements of the cat have developed through the process of biological evolution.

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Gastrostomy Tube Feeding in Cats

A gastrostomy tube is a small rubber tube that passes directly into the stomach through the skin and body wall of the cat's abdomen. It permits you to deliver food and water directly into the stomach.

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Behavior Counseling Aggression - Introduction

Behavior Counseling Aggression - Introduction

Aggression is defined as threats or harmful actions directed toward another individual and can include threat displays, lunging, growling, snarling, snapping and biting. In animals, aggressive behaviors are a means of communication.

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Behavior Management Products for Dogs

Behavior Management Products for Dogs

There are numerous products on the market that have been designed to help prevent undesirable behavior in dogs. Leashes, harnesses, and head halters are needed to keep pets under control, especially when outdoors.

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Introduction to Desensitization and Counterconditioning

Introduction to Desensitization and Counterconditioning

Counterconditioning and desensitization are powerful ways to change behavior. They are usually used in combination. Desensitization provides a means of safely exposing the pet to the stimulus at a level at or below which fear is likely to be exhibited.

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Flying with your Cat

Flying with your Cat

Successful flight with a cat begins long before the day of travel. It requires planning and preparation in order to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for both you and your cat.

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Breeding and Queening Cats

Breeding cats and raising kittens can be an extremely rewarding experience or it may result in frustration and failure. The following information is provided in order to increase your chances of success and make the experience more enjoyable and safe.

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Brushing Teeth in Cats

Brushing Teeth in Cats

Teaching your cat to accept the brushing of its teeth will take some training, but will be relatively easy once he is accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine for your pet.

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