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Hoffman Estates is literal wonderland for pets with two dog parks within the Hoffman Estates Park District and several friendly and highly-regarded animal hospitals/veterinary clinics in the community.

Dog parks

The Hoffman Estates Park District has two dedicated dog parks – Bo’s Run at 3600 Lexington Dr. has been operating for over a decade, and Freedom Park at 6150 Russell Dr. has been operating since 2012. It is a joint project of the Hoffman Estates Park District, the City of Elgin and the Streamwood Park District because it is located on the border of the three municipalities.

In 2017 the park district boasted 724 dog park members, a number that reflects the facilities’ popularity.

Bo’s Run is a two-acre fenced dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, agility equipment, dog water service, waste disposal bags and picnic tables. Freedom Run is a four-acre park that has a separate small dog area, drinking water, benches, shade and an electronic key entry.

Memberships may be purchased at Willow Rec Center. Annual resident fees are $49 ($15 for additional dogs). Non-residents pay $69 and $20 for additional dogs.

Forest View Animal Hospital

Forest View Animal Hospital (FVAH), 1744 W. Algonquin Rd., has been serving the northern part of Hoffman Estates and surrounding communities since 1984, specializing in small animal and companion animal medicine. It is owned by Dr. Richard Sholts.

FVAH provides comprehensive medical and surgical care including in-house laboratory, ultrasound and X-ray imaging, laser therapy and dental care.

“We stress preventive medicine and care to detect problems early at their most treatable time in order to make treatment more successful,” Dr. Sholts said. “Our staff is also Fear Free Certified. This is a new program to make office visits less stressful to the pets. In fact we have just added a “Kitty Only” exam room to make our feline patients more comfortable.”

FVAH is also certified in palliative and hospice care and offers both professional grooming and boarding. House calls are also available for those who cannot travel or be transported to the hospital.

Hospital hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday morning appointments are available, if needed.

For more information, call (847) 934-0207 or visit www.forestviewanimalhospital.net.

Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital

The Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital, 35 S. Barrington Rd., South Barrington, is proud to be an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA is an international organization serving those who are engaged in the delivery of veterinary medical care to pets.

Only 13 percent of animal hospitals nationwide are AAHA certified so that sets the Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital apart from its competition. It has the facilities, state-of-the-art equipment (including an ultrasound and the Thor laser), staff and medical protocols that AAHA believes are important for the delivery of high quality pet care.

Owned and founded by Dr. Jeff House, the Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital is cat-friendly and Dr. House is dual board certified.

For more information, visit www.hoffmanestatesanimalhospital.com or phone (847) 310-8668.

North Hoffman Veterinary Clinic

North Hoffman Veterinary Clinic, 1445 Palatine Rd., is still pretty new in the area, opening two years ago, but Dr. Jon Jacobson has been in practice for 15 years. Prior to going to vet school Dr. Jacobson worked for several years as a clinical microbiologist at the University of Chicago Hospitals, so he has an above-average level of expertise in infectious diseases.

“Our tag line is: Your friendly neighborhood vet clinic,” Dr. Jacobson stated. “We try to make every visit an easy-going, low-stress experience for the pets and the owners. We are more or less full-service providing examinations, vaccinations, in-house and reference laboratory work, radiographs, surgery, dentistry, nutritional and behavioral consultations, etc.”

North Hoffman has a universal 5-star rating on both Facebook and Yelp. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays.

For more information visit www.northhoffmanvet.com or phone (847) 934-5530.