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Downers Grove Animal Hospital

Downers Grove Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital dedicated to nurturing the bond between you and your dog, cat, avian or exotic family member. We are located at 635 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, IL. You can contact us by phone at (630) 968-2812, by email, or make an appointment online. We strive to not only care for your pet when he or she is sick, but also to help you to learn how to keep your pet happy and healthy with preventative health care. In addition to standard medical, surgical, and dental veterinary care, we also offer boarding services for dogs, cats, and birds/exotics; as well as grooming services and dog training on-site. Our facility is currently owned and operated by Dr. Robert Merkin and his sons, Dr. Graham Merkin and Dr. Max Merkin. Downers Grove Animal Hospital has been privileged to serve the Western Suburbs including Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Western Springs, Westmont, Willowbrook, and Woodridge for over 60 years.  


Our Veterinarians

Downers Grove Animal Hospital has 4 veterinarians on staff; Dr. Robert Merkin, Dr. Graham Merkin, Dr. Max Merkin, and Dr. Sharon Wehling. It is the mission of each veterinarian at Downers Grove Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic to provide the best veterinary care to our patients and the highest attainable level of service to their owners in a friendly, informal environment. Our family would be honored to help you to care for your four-legged family member.




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Dog Veterinarian

Optimum pet care can add years to your dog's life as well as substantially decrease your cost of treating medical problems associated with aging. Our dog veterinarians provide services to keep your dog healthy including preventive care, nutrition, vaccinations, heartworm testing, elective and non-elective surgeries, dental cleaning for dogs, and more. We also provide dog obedience training, dog grooming, and boarding for dogs.

Cat Veterinarian

As the only American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) certified cat friendly practice in Downers Grove, we have evaluated every aspect of the practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat.  We can proudly say that from the minute they walk through the door, our patients and clients will be a part of a welcoming, comfortable experience that will ultimately lead to the improved health of our feline patients.

Bird & Exotics Vet

Our bird and exotic animal veterinarians have taken a special interest and pursued advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of exotic pets. They can assist you in choosing a pet bird and are trained in several bird diseases. They can also assist with dietary recommendations for your pet bird or exotic animal.


Downers Grove Animal Hospital is located at 635 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, Illinois. Our veterinarians specialize in pet care for dogs, cats, birds, and exotic animals. Our animal hospital has patients from Downers Grove, Westmont, Lombard, Lisle, Woodridge, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, Western Springs, and Willowbrook, as well as other Chicago suburbs in Illinois.