veterinary services  Joliet, IL
Here at Essington Road Animal Hospital, we are pleased to have a large amount of veterinary services available for our patients. We are proud to be able to serve Joliet, IL and our surrounding communities to give your pet the best care that they deserve!

Our staff at Essington Road Animal Hospital is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion they deserve every time they walk in the door!

We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:

Advanced Digital X-rays  Joliet, IL

Advanced Digital X-rays

At Essington Road Animal Hospital in Joliet, IL , we are proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. Radiology is a technique and diagnostic tool that we use to look inside the body in an entirely non-invasive way. X-rays allow us to create images of all the body’s organs.

In other words, the use of radiology gives us a view of the internal organs in your pets’ body that we otherwise could not see. It is a valuable diagnostic tool that helps veterinarians detect and prevent illness.

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Allergy Testing  Joliet, IL

Allergy Testing

Dogs and cats can be allergic to almost anything, similar to allergies in people. Pets can be allergic to allergens in their household environment, outside environment, or even their food. Symptoms can range from itchiness and ear or eye infections to constant licking, and even vomiting or diarrhea. Many pets suffer from allergies which can directly affect their quality of life, as well as their owner’s.

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Behavior Management  Joliet, IL

Behavior Management

We offer solutions for a variety of behavioral issues that pet owners are faced with. Behavioral problems can be challenging and frustrating for both pets and pet owners, so it is our goal to work with you towards a solution.

There are many behaviors that can be negative or destructive, and many pet owners feel helpless in bringing peace to their home. We want you to know that we are here to help, and that undesirable behaviors can be corrected.

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Boarding  Joliet, IL


Our team is dedicated to every aspect of your pet’s health and overall well-being, so we understand that time away from your furry companion can be both stressful and overwhelming. By providing a compassionate and warm environment carefully designed to cater to the needs of your pet, we can ensure their comfort and safety until you return. With separate, spacious areas for cats and dogs, including our remodeled kennels, Essington Road Animal Hospital is committed to providing your pet with personalized attention and tailored care.


Our Joliet animal clinic offers completely upscale condos for your visiting feline. These high-end lodging areas are both spacious and open, allowing your cat to be comfortable while having the ability to observe their surroundings safely without being overwhelmed by loud noises or threatened by other pets. Our kitty quarters are specifically designed to provide your cat with a stress-free environment where they can rest and play without anxiety.


Our completely remodeled kennels provide comfortable, individual spaces for your canine companions, allowing for all the comforts of home during their overnight or weekly stay. In addition to their own space, dogs are let out daily for monitored play time and essential exercise to ensure their health and happiness. Owners are encouraged to bring any favored toys and blankets to make your pet’s stay more relaxed and enjoyable.


At Essington Road Animal Hospital, we are a full-service animal care facility, meaning our clinic offers a number of tailored services for your pet. These can include:

  • Wellness Checkups
  • Professional Grooming Services
  • Dental Cleanings & Examinations
  • Vaccinations & Other Preventive Health Care Services

As fellow animal lovers, we want your pet’s time with us to be a comfortable and safe experience. To help ensure this, we strictly maintain all the necessary safety standards and require that owners bring proof of up-to-date vaccinations before dropping off any pets.


Our entire team is committed to providing peace of mind to pet owners, reassuring you that your furry family member will be in a friendly, loving and safe environment during their stay with us. Call our Joliet clinic today to learn about our unique boarding services for your cat or dog.

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C-Section  Joliet, IL


We are highly skilled when it comes to c-sections for breeds such as English Bulldogs, Frenchies and Pugs. These breeds have large heads that can become stuck in the mother’s birth canal.

Over 80% of bulldog litters are delivered by c-section, and because of their body type certain breeds will typically need a c-section to give birth, or whelp.

That’s why we are proud to have expert surgeons who are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to performing c-sections on these breeds. As a pet owner you want the best for your pet, and that is what our surgeons provide.

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Dental Care  Joliet, IL

Dental Care

Just like people, it is essential for pets to receive professional, routine dental care. Preventive dental care is an important part of maintaining your pet’s overall health and long-lasting happiness. At Essington Road Animal Hospital, our full-service veterinary clinic offers comprehensive dental care solutions for both cats and dogs.

Our leading veterinarian, Dr. Adam M. Abou-Youssef and his associate, Dr. Christine Kilpatrick perform everything from basic examinations to more complex surgeries and are dedicated to preserving the health, function, and beauty of your pet’s oral health.


Oral health significantly impacts overall well-being of humans and animals alike. While optimal oral health can ensure proper nutrient digestion, poor dental health in your pet can lead to other overall health issues. Tooth infections can jeopardize the surrounding dental structures in your pet’s mouth, and periodontal disease can lead to toxins getting into the bloodstream.

Annual dental examinations and cleanings can give us the chance to get ahead of any issues that could jeopardize the ongoing health of your pet and treat them before they become serious.


We recommend you bring in your animal companions for routine preventive cleanings every six months. This visit will involve an open and honest discussion about any needs or concerns you may have regarding your pet’s dental state. Then we carefully remove plaque from above and below the gum line efficiently and effectively.

Your pet’s teeth are polished, creating a clean and smooth surface making it more difficult for plaque to build up in the future. To further fight against cavity development, our team also provides dental sealants and other preventive aids.

Once their cleaning is completed, Dr. Abou-Youssef and Dr. Kilpatrick will conduct a thorough yet gentle examination and take full digital x-rays, allowing them to monitor any potential problems in your pet’s oral health and determine if any additional care is required.

If more advanced treatment is needed to restore dental and overall wellness, our clinic offers a number of solutions, including:

  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • Pet Tooth Extractions
  • Dental Pet Surgery
  • Gum Tissue Removal

Our team also takes the time during your visit to discuss the different techniques you can perform at home to ensure your pet’s long-lasting oral health. Our mission at Essington Road Animal Hospital is to help your pet live a long, happy and healthy life.

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We understand that your pet’s well-being is important to you, and taking a proactive approach to dental care can promote the integrity of your pet’s health. For more information about dental care for cats and dogs, contact Essington Road Animal Hospital today to schedule your pet’s next oral check-up.

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Dermatology  Joliet, IL


Your pets’ skin is the largest organ of the body. Allergies, parasites, infections, autoimmune diseases and cancers can all affect your pet’s skin.

We offer specific diagnostic tests like allergy testing, fungal testing, cultures and biopsies, along with the most cutting edge treatments to ensure the health of your pets’ skin.

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Geriatric Care  Joliet, IL

Geriatric Care

Preventative medicine is important when our pets are young, but as our pets age, and become prone to certain disease processes, annual exams and blood work becomes even more critical.

Annual exams and blood work to check liver and kidney values, along with thyroid function have the potential to alert us to early changes that may give us valuable information about your pet’s health. We understand the changes your pet will have as they become older, and we also know the importance of keeping your pet healthy as they enter their golden years.

Please call us today at (815) 439-2323 to learn more about caring for your senior pet.

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Grooming  Joliet, IL


Consistent and appropriate grooming is essential for the overall happiness and well-being of your dog or cat. At Essington Road Animal Hospital, we are passionate about pets and in helping them achieve long-lasting health and beauty through our personalized grooming services. You can trust us to treat your family pets, and our experienced groomers will always give them with the compassion and respect they deserve.

Whether your faithful companion needs a quick shampoo, a nail length check, or anti-flea treatment, we are here to help your pet look great and feel their best. Call our Joliet animal clinic to schedule your pet’s maintenance appointment today!


With an emphasis on exceptional care and our ability to offer a wide variety of tailored services, we can groom pets of all breeds, sizes, and ages. Upon your arrival, please feel free let our staff know of any skin conditions or allergies your pet may have so that we can provide the right medicated shampoo and conditioner to address their needs accurately. We also encourage feedback on how you would like your furry family members to be styled.

When visiting our Joliet clinic, you can feel secure in leaving your pet in our trusting hands for their grooming appointment and are welcome to come back later to pick them up all styled and ready to go.

Your pet’s maintenance appointment will typically include:

  • Nail & Claw Care
  • Professional Shampoo
  • Hair Trim & Styling
  • Shedding Treatment
  • Ear Cleaning


At Essington Road Animal Hospital, we are a full-service animal clinic dedicated to the many specific needs of your pet. With the convenience of having our skilled and compassionate veterinarians as well as our groomers in the same facility, we can notify our doctors promptly if we find any possible concerns that may require medical attention. Your pet can even be treated the same day for added convenience.


Professional grooming appointments are available seven days a week, and we do require up-to-date vaccinations of your pet to ensure complete safety for both our staff and all the animals in our care. Call our Will County clinic today to schedule your family pet’s grooming appointment!

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Health Certificates  Joliet, IL

Health Certificates

If you want to travel internationally with your pet, you need to plan ahead. Since each country is different, you will have to contact the embassy or consulate where you are going to find out what you need to do.

Though every country has different requirements, most require a health certificate that is done by a USDA-accredited veterinarian. Luckily, we have a USDA-accredited veterinarian. If you are not a client, you need to make sure you bring your pets’ records in with you to the examination.

At the time of your pets’ examination, we will go over the forms that you need. There are times when we will have to run some tests to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for travel. We may also have to treat your pet prior to traveling.

You will always need a health certificate and proof of vaccination. You may also need a microchip and blood tests. Many countries require that your pet get treated for parasites prior to travel. You may also need certificates for the airplane ride.

Since each country is different and we can’t stay up to date will all of the changes in each one, it is important that you call ahead and know what you need. Then, we will make sure that your pet is all ready to go!

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Hospice and Euthanasia  Joliet, IL

Hospice and Euthanasia

Saying goodbye to your pet can be extremely difficult. The process can be emotionally and mentally draining. We don’t want you to be alone at the end stages of a pets’ life, and we promise to do everything we can to make it easier on you and your pet. Most of all, we promise to treat each case with compassionate and understanding care.

Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize a pet, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. But every pet owner is inevitably faced with making that tough decision, and we want to be there alongside you to aid in any way we can.

If you have special requests, please let us know and we will be sure to accommodate them. Dealing with the end of a pets’ life is never easy, but we want to do whatever we can to make the process less difficult.

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In-House Laboratory  Joliet, IL

In-House Laboratory

We are very proud of our laboratory. We are able to perform many diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently in it. We can do many simple tests but are also able to offer some more complex ones, too! We are able to run heartworm tests, leukemia and FIV tests, and full blood work for those who are interested in it. There are also many other tests we offer our patients.

The best part of being able to run laboratory tests in our hospital is that we can diagnose your pets much sooner than if we had to send the blood work out to another laboratory. Whenever your pets are not feeling well, we can offer you results and a diagnosis in minutes instead of making you wait a day (or more) for the results.

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Laser Therapy  Joliet, IL

Laser Therapy

We are proud to announce we are now offering laser therapy, an innovative new way to treat pain and inflammation in pets. Laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects such as improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Multiple studies have shown laser therapy can help with a variety of problems including arthritis, joint pain, ligament sprains, muscle strains, dog/cat bites, feline acne/asthma, hotspots, post trauma/surgery pain, hip dysplasia, lick granulomas and snake/bug bites.

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Onsite Diagnostics  Joliet, IL

Onsite Diagnostics

We have state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that allow our staff to diagnose your pets’ condition or illness better. It is our commitment to stay on the cutting edge of diagnostic technology.

Having these advanced diagnostic tools allows us to examine specific areas more carefully and provide a quicker and more accurate diagnosis. We use many tools such as radiology, lab tests, and various other equipment and tests.

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Microchipping  Joliet, IL


At Essington Road Animal Hospital, we are happy to offer microchipping. Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often.

But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet’s safety and retrieval should he or she ever become lost. Microchipping is a standard procedure that implants a tiny chip underneath your pet’s fur. It is a painless and relatively fast procedure and is completely safe.

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Nutritional Counseling  Joliet, IL

Nutritional Counseling

Essington Road Animal Hospital offers nutritional counseling for pet owners of Joliet, IL and surrounding communities. If you have any questions about your pet’s diet or would like more information about your pet’s nutritional needs, please contact us today. We can set up a nutrition plan for your pet.

Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.

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Orthopedic Surgery  Joliet, IL

Orthopedic Surgery

We offer a variety of solutions and treatments for your pets’ orthopedic issues. We understand that orthopedic problems can be a big challenge for both pets and pet owners so we are dedicated to working with you and communicating with you throughout the process.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our orthopedic capabilities or how we can care for your pet, please contact us today at (815) 439-2323.

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Parasite Prevention  Joliet, IL

Parasite Prevention

The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.

At Essington Road Animal Hospital, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. Pets that are not protected often develop parasites, leading to serious problems for them and their owners.

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Pain Management  Joliet, IL

Pain Management

Pets that are in pain are miserable. For this reason, we will do whatever we can to keep your pets comfortable.

We have many different choices when it comes to treating apets’ pain. There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which are very helpful with mild pain. We also prescribe steroids which can offer a lot of relief. We also have stronger pain medications if the non-steroidal medications are not enough. We also offer glucosamine in tablets and injections to help with arthritis.

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Pharmacy  Joliet, IL


It is our goal to provide you with complete veterinary care in a professional and accessible atmosphere. That is why we offer a fully stocked pharmacy to fill your pets’ prescription needs.

Having an on-site pharmacy provides you with a more convenient way to get your pets’ medication. We hope that this will save you time and ultimately enhance your experience with us.

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Preventative Care  Joliet, IL

Preventative Care

We believe the best way to promote overall health is through preventative care. Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pets’ health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems.

We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Often health problems that go undetected can become more severe issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your pet appears healthy.

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Puppy & Kitten Care  Joliet, IL

Puppy and Kitten Care

Getting a new puppy or kitten is very exciting. You have a lot to look forward to. The great companionship that a good pet can bring is very rewarding. However, puppies and kittens come with a lot of responsibility and work. Here at Essington Road Animal Hospital, we are here to help you with your new addition.

First, you should always bring your new puppy or kitten in for a full nose-to-tail examination to make sure that you have a healthy new animal. You also want to get him or her familiar with our veterinary hospital.

We are also here to help you raise him or her to become a well-behaved and healthy adult by discussing many topics with you. Our friendly staff is well prepared to discuss vaccinations, nutrition, behavior, socialization, neutering, and much more! No question is off limits so please bring any questions along to your appointment. We are here to help you succeed at raising a good pet!
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Rehabilitation Therapy  Joliet, IL

Rehabilitation Therapy

If your dog has recently had surgery or been injured, one of the best ways to improve muscle mass and hasten your pets’ recovery is with physical therapy. Our knowledgeable staff can direct you in providing safe, muscle building exercises for your pet. These exercises may range from simple sit-to-stands to more progressive activities targeting specific muscles or groups of muscles. Whether your pet has had surgery to repair a cruciate ligament and requires rehabilitation therapy, requires passive range of motion after a back injury, or needs specific stretches for muscle sprains and strains, our staff is ready to work with you to develop a physical therapy program for your pets’ recovery.

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Spay and Neuter  Joliet, IL

Spay and Neuter

Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets’ life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets’ health, it’s also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.

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Ultrasound  Joliet, IL


Ultrasounding is a quick and painless procedure. It uses sound waves to allow us to see inside your pets, without using the harmful radiation produced when we take x-rays.

We are pleased to be able to offer ultrasounds, along with all of our other diagnostic tools, to help your sick pets start to feel better soon. The quicker we can find the problem, the sooner your pets will be back to their normal selves.

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Vaccinations  Joliet, IL


At Essington Road Animal Hospital in Joliet, IL , we believe that one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet’s health is vaccinating him or her against possible diseases. There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets, and other animals, so proper vaccination is vital to protecting them from many types of illnesses.

It is important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.

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Wellness Exams  Joliet, IL

Wellness Exams

At Essington Road Animal Hospital in Joliet, IL , we believe that regular checkups and wellness exams are critical to your pets’ well-being. These wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their unique bodies and tendencies.

Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your pets’ health, but they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. This thorough checkup gives us vital information to help keep your pet healthy!

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