Taste of River North 2017

Thanks again for stopping by our booth at Taste of River North 2017!

It was wonderful to meet you at the Taste of River North! We couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome from the River North community and all of your four legged friends. BLVD Vet is thrilled to be joining such an active, engaged community and can't wait to open our doors to you this August. We'd like to extend a big thank you to the River North Residents Association (RNRA) for having us as sponsors and for organizing such a lively and pet friendly event. 

Through rain storms and summer sun, the tropical doggy photo booth (albeit one feline friend determinedly got their photo too) was a hit! Enjoy all the furry cuteness below and click here for the full size images!

Pardon our dust, BLVD Vet Expands to River North!

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Dear Friends and Clients,

As some of you may have heard, we have some exciting news to share--BLVD Vet is expanding! In just a few weeks we will be opening a second full service veterinary practice in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, at 375 W. Erie.

We're hard at work designing the clinic to be as fresh and welcoming as our Logan Square location and you can expect the staff to be the same friendly, professional team always striving to accommodate to your needs. Over the past few months we’ve been investing in some great new staff members and training them in the the BLVD way of doing things so that they’re ready to hit the ground running.  

We’re going to be using the same phone number, same website, same social media, and the same management team for both locations to ensure consistency in service. We anticipate opening our doors August 15th--possibly sooner! 

For our current clients at BLVD Vet Logan Square, or future clients of BLVD Vet River North, we’d be incredibly grateful if you referred BLVD Vet to any of your pet-owning friends who live in or near downtown Chicago.  As always, our clients receive a $15 credit for EVERY household that they refer. Make sure you tell your friends to notify our front desk of your referral.  We’ve found organic client word of mouth to be by far the best way to grow.  For those of you who happen to live in or near downtown, you’ll be able to seamlessly transition to the new location if you prefer. It's hassle free as all medical records can be securely shared between practices. 

Dr. Dylan and Dr. Williams will be available for appointments at both the River North and Logan Square locations. As always, we encourage our clients to request the veterinarian that they prefer and we will do our very best to accommodate those preferences based on scheduling. As they will be scheduled for two days at each location every week, we do not anticipate any difficulty in continuing to see your preferred veterinarian at Logan Square once River North opens. Our relief veterinarians, Dr. Ho and Dr. Holub will also lend their time and expertise at River North.

As an aside, we'd also like to note that no outside investors or private equity firms were partnered with for the new location, meaning that BLVD Vet will continue to be a 100% locally owned and managed small business. We believe that allows us to keep client and patient care as our top priority, as well as quickly adapt and change to community needs.

Thank you so much for your patronage and business. As always, we welcome your feedback and will use it to make BLVD Vet River North just as successful as BLVD Vet Logan Square!

Sincerely,

Dr. Dylan Frederickson and the BLVD Team

For Paws Club Pool Party Recap!

Dr. Dylan and Kelly, our Events Coordinator!

Dr. Dylan and Kelly, our Events Coordinator!

Hi friends!

We recently participated in For Paws Club Charity Pool Party at at Pet Care Plus, and for everyone who came, we thank you! The event raised over $1,000 for One Tail at a Time, an amazing organization that operates as an all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; provides comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families. If you're interested in adopting, check out their available dogs here!

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As for our attendees, here are many of the photos we snapped (due to limited storage space on our camera). It was so much fun to see everyone's dogs having an absolute blast in their tropical leis and sparkly party hats and we hope you love your polaroids!

For those who didn't get to see us here (or those of you who want to party with us again!) and want their own Polaroid snapshot with their pet, we're going to be attending the Taste of River North festival with Pet Care Plus July 12-23. Come find us! 

Until next time,

Dr. Dylan and the BLVD Team

Summer Safety Tips

Hello friends!

Since it’s summer we wanted to remind you of some important summertime safety tips to keep your pets safe! We like you all a lot, but we rather you not end up at the vet for one of these preventable issues.


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Heat Stroke: When it’s hot, make sure you’re not overdoing it—especially with short nosed breeds like Frenchies, Pugs, English Bulldogs, and any dark-colored dog (darker colors absorb more heat). Take frequent water breaks and avoid exertion when it’s over 80 degrees. If you think your dog may be experiencing heat stroke (labored breathing, collapse, purple tongue) come in or go the nearest ER immediately. While we are an appointment-based clinic, many of us have trained extensively at emergency hospitals and we will drop everything if we must to see a critical emergency. That said, we prefer the “ounce of prevention” method…so be careful on hot days and NEVER leave your dog (or any pet) in a car without A/C.

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Fleas, Tick and Heartworm Prevention: We’re entering prime season for insects that prey on pets and carry infectious diseases so be sure your dog and outdoor cat is protected by an FDA approved preventative. These days there are many safe, easy-to-give preventatives such as chewables. We stock Heartgard PlusNexgard and Revolution at the clinic and are always happy to provide prescriptions. Many of these products also help with intestinal parasites they might pick up here and there. Feel free to request one at our Online Pharmacy or by calling, if we've seen you in the last year and your pet is up to date on their Heartworm Test (dog owners) for Heartgard - we should be able to approve it!

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High-Rise Falls: Use care with open windows. Cats used to closed windows don’t always recognize an open one and if they don’t put the brakes on quickly enough they can take a bad fall (yes, even through the screen).  Start out by opening the window just a couple inches until they recognize the change, and even if they are acclimated it's always a good idea to supervise your pets whenever there's an open window. Also, if you have access to a roof-top deck or a balcony, make sure if you bringing your dog out with you they're always supervised. You never know when a squirrel will catch someone's eye.

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Fireworks Anxiety:  Summertime in Northwest Chicago can feel like Armageddon to noise-sensitive dogs. We have a number of good medications to safely treat severe noise phobias. These are not medications that “knock out” the dog.  Give the clinic a call if you feel your dog might benefit from this and we can set up a consult to discuss in more detail. We specifically carry a medication for noise phobic dogs called SILEO.

SILEO has been shown to be safe and effective, calming dogs without sedating them. It comes in an oral gel that is applied onto your dog’s gums. One syringe is $37 and is good for up to 12 doses depending on the size of your dog. If you are interested in trying this new therapy for your noise sensitive dog, call or email us!

SILEO has been shown to be safe and effective, calming dogs without sedating them. It comes in an oral gel that is applied onto your dog’s gums. One syringe is $37 and is good for up to 12 doses depending on the size of your dog. If you are interested in trying this new therapy for your noise sensitive dog, call or email us!

As always, give us a call if you have any questions and have a wonderful start to your summer!

-Dr. Dylan, Dr. Geisler, Dr. Williams and the rest of the Staff at Boulevard Veterinary

Dr. Tyler Williams Joins BLVD Vet

And then, there were three. From left to right: Dr. Dylan, Dr. Williams and Dr. Geisler.

And then, there were three. From left to right: Dr. Dylan, Dr. Williams and Dr. Geisler.

Dear friends,

We are very happy and excited to introduce Dr. Tyler Williams, who is joining Dr. Dylan and Dr. Geisler at Boulevard Veterinary as our third full time veterinarian! Dr. Williams is also a UW Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine alumni (he graduated only 2 years after Dr. Dylan) and a fellow Chicago resident. 

Dr. Tyler Williams joined Boulevard Vet with roughly ten years of general veterinary experience. Dr. Williams confirmed his life’s calling in 6th grade, when he rescued a baby bunny from becoming the neighborhood cat’s lunch. Much to his dismay, he didn’t get to keep the bunny as his pet, but the gratification he felt in caring for animals served as the basis for a future career in veterinary science.  For his full bio, please visit our Meet the Team page!

Dr. Tyler Williams joined Boulevard Vet with roughly ten years of general veterinary experience.
Dr. Williams confirmed his life’s calling in 6th grade, when he rescued a baby bunny from becoming the neighborhood cat’s lunch. Much to his dismay, he didn’t get to keep the bunny as his pet, but the gratification he felt in caring for animals served as the basis for a future career in veterinary science. 

For his full bio, please visit our Meet the Team page!

Next we are very proud to introduce you to a few additional faces you'll see at BLVD Vet! We feel exceptionally lucky to have found these intelligent, caring individuals as we continue to grow the BLVD Team.

First, at the front desk, joining us from the human pharmacy world is our Client Care Specialist, Ann (seen below enthusiastically high-five-ing our friend Sherlock). She is pursuing her degree in Biology and exploring a career in veterinary medicine. 

Ann and Sherlock high-five!

Ann and Sherlock high-five!

Next, Mariah, our newest Client Care Specialist! Mariah joins us with 10 years of experience under her belt as a veterinary receptionist. We know your pet questions and concerns when you call or email us will be taken care of in her capable hands.

Mariah, answering client calls.

Mariah, answering client calls.

Last but not least, please welcome Ashli, a Registered Veterinary Technician. Ashli graduated from the prestigious 4 year Veterinary Technology program at Purdue University and is moving to join us from Indiana with her two Poms and a hedgehog! We're excited to use her education and experience to provide even more tailored services for your you and your pets.

Ashli, ausculting Winifred.

Ashli, ausculting Winifred.

We look forward to you meeting our newest team members and letting us know what you think. PS, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, some of them will be at Taste of Randolph this weekend with Kelly between 12pm and 8pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come check us out, we'll be handing out some swag and you'll be the first to know about some big news we have coming up!

-Dr. Dylan, Dr. Geisler , Dr. WIlliams and all of the BLVD Team

Bloody Mary Battle, Online Pharmacy and New Faces at BLVD!

Dear Friends and Clients,

Greetings from Boulevard Vet! Hope your spring has been going well and here’s hoping it gets a little drier soon. We’ve got some cool fundraisers on the horizon we wanted to let you know about and some new staff to introduce.

This Sunday, May 7th, I (Dr. Dylan) will be participating in a charity-focused Bloody Mary Battle hosted by our friends down at Sink|Swim! If you haven’t been there for one of these challenges (and brunch) you’ve got make this one—it’s the last one of the season and I want it to be the best. My opponent in the challenge will be Heather Owen, the Executive Director of One Tail At A Time, an awesome Chicago shelter organization that we work with frequently. 

We’ve each come up with our own signature recipe. BLVD's is dubbed “Dr. Dyl’s Dill-Infused Liquid Cure-All” and I feel that makes it a contender right off the bat. The public (you) tries one of each Bloody Mary ($12 gets you both) and votes for which they thought was best. The winning team gets to donate a portion of the winnings to a charity of their choice. If BLVD Vet wins, we will donate our winnings to our vanquished foe, OTAT.  So, come on down, hang out with our crew and support a great cause.

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BLVD Vet will also be supporting two great Logan Square neighborhood groups: local publisher The LoganSquarist will be having their fundraiser Thursday, May 11th, at the Stan Mansion. Kelly (our Event Coordinator) is putting together a swanky $100 gift basket for their silent auction! June 10th we'll be doing the same thing for the Logan Square Preservation Society -- they're the ones holding the line against careless development in LS -- at their annual fundraiser, to be held at the Garage House mansion.

In business news, we’ve recently partnered with a reputable online pharmacy called Vet’s First Choice to help give our clients more choice and convenience when it comes to getting medications filled. Most importantly, unlike many online pharmacies the manufacturer guarantees will still apply! Check out the online store here. It is also readily accessible from our home page at blvd.vet. They offer free shipping on any order over $50 or with Autoship selected. Let us know if you want any prescriptions switched over to this service! 

Next, we want to introduce our growing staff!

Colleen Trinidad finished classes at Fox College and sat for her boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician—she passed! Congrats to her and we’re happy she’s starting out her career with us. 

Jeremy Akers is our very first full time Veterinary Assistant, joining us after a long stint in the grooming world. His animal handling skills and incredible work ethic have made him a hugely valuable addition. 

Charlene Russ is our most recent Veterinary Technician to join our ranks. She is highly experienced having worked as a tech in the West Loop the past several years.  She is also currently taking classes to complete her Certification—hopefully later this year!

Look out for them on our Meet the Team page as we add their bios later this month and please help us welcome them to the BLVD Team!

Looking forward into May, we want you to know that both myself and Dr. Julie Geisler will be going on vacations this month (but not at the same time). Dr. Geisler will be out of the office from May 5th – May 14th. Then, when she returns Kelly and I will be leaving (for France!) and will be there from May 19th – June 3rd. We will be spending time in Paris, Provence and Nice so if anyone has any stellar recommendations I’m all ears.

Hope everyone is having a great Spring so far and we hope to see you Sunday from 12-3pm down at Sink|Swim!

-Dr. Dylan and the BLVD Team

Boulevard Veterinary is now AAHA Accredited!

Hello friends and clients,

    Happy New Year! We are proud to announce that we are now AAHA accredited! Only 12% of veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have met their rigorous standards of excellence and accreditation application is completely voluntary. To become AAHA accredited, our practice was evaluated for approximately 900 standards of veterinary care established by AAHA veterinary experts. We had our facilities inspected, standard operating procedures reviewed, and medical records evaluated for thoroughness. 

The American Animal Hospital Association was established in 1933 by leaders in the field with the mission to:

• Enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals
• Enable veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence
• Meet the public's needs as they relate to the delivery of small animal veterinary medicine

Preparing for AAHA accreditation in 2016 both validated our methods and helped us increase the value and quality of our veterinary care. We look forward to the challenge of maintaining our AAHA accreditation as we grow - continuing to pass on the benefits of expert, standardized care to you and your pets.

    
Thank you for your support,
Dr. Dylan and the BLVD Team

Happy Holidays and 2016 Highlights

Dear Friends and Clients,

Boulevard Veterinary would like to wish you and your family (furry and otherwise) Happy Holidays! We also want to thank you for your business and patronage over the past year. Here are a few highlights for BLVD in 2016: 

  • We added 4 full time staff members: Dr. Julie Geisler (veterinarian), Jamie Pelon (Vet Tech), Marina Letica (Client Care), and Meghan Watson (Client Care), growing our total full time staff to 10. Each of these hires has been invaluable in their insights and work ethic. 
  • Dr. Geisler introduced chiropractic care as a new service offered at BLVD Vet. 
  • We now provide medical care for nearly 3,000 cats and dogs in the Logan Square area! 61% of our patients are dogs and 39% are cats. 
  • In October BLVD Vet was honored to win the 2016 Logan Squarist “Best Business for Pets” Award. Hats off to the other great pet-related businesses in Logan Square.
  • In partnership with ALIVE RescueBialy's Wellness Foundation and One Tail at a Time, BLVD Vet provided discounted medical care to over 60 rescued dogs including spays, neuters and dental procedures. 


Thank you so much for your continued support of locally owned businesses—the diversity of our business community is one of the attributes that makes Logan Square such a great place to live. 
As always, we deeply appreciate any online reviews that our clients leave for us on our Yelp or Google pages.  It’s a vital way to compete against bigger competitors in today’s digital world. 

Be safe and merry, 
Dr. Dylan and the BLVD Team

Summertime and Noise Anxiety

Dear Friends and Clients,

It’s finally Summer! We hope that you and your pets are enjoying the warm weather and staying safe. Summertime also means the beginning of fireworks season. As anyone who lives in Logan Square knows, virtually any day of the week from May to September is an occasion for fireworks. Unfortunately, loud noises can cause severe anxiety for some dogs. We recently learned of a brand new medication called SILEO, the only FDA-approved treatment for noise phobia in dogs.

SILEO has been shown to be safe and effective, calming dogs without sedating them. It comes in an oral gel that is applied onto your dog’s gums. One syringe is $37 and is good for up to 12 doses depending on the size of your dog. If you are interested in trying this new therapy for your noise sensitive dog, call or email us!

Next, we want to thank everyone who came out to our 2016 Annual Open House last month. We had a great time with everyone and were able to raise over $1,000 for Bialy's Wellness Foundation! If you haven't seen your photobooth photos yet, check them out on Facebook! We especially want to thank the generous local businesses that donated to our raffle and those of you who purchased raffle tickets. BWF is an incredibly worthy cause and the money raised will be put to good use providing specialized medical care for their special needs dogs.

It’s also time for the annual Reader Best-Of list and we’re asking for your help for the write-in ballot. If you have a moment, please nominate Boulevard Vet for Best Veterinarian in the Goods and Services category (voting ends June 9 at 12:00pm).  We really rely on this type of grass-roots promotion over traditional marketing and appreciate your votes!

Have a wonderful start to your summer!

-Dr. Dylan, Dr. Geisler and the rest of the Staff at Boulevard Veterinary

2nd Annual BLVD Vet Open House

Greetings Friends, Neighbors and Clients,
 

We are pleased to announce our 2nd Annual BLVD Vet Open House on Sunday, May 15th from 10am to 3pm. Stop by for a tour to see what goes on behind the scenes, and enjoy some Bang Bang Pie and refreshments!

There will be a raffle with all proceeds going to benefit the Bialy’s Wellness Foundation—a local non-profit that specializes in providing care for pets with significant medical disabilities. Their spokesdog Josh the Pitbull will be present for a meet and greet!

Come meet Josh!#specialneedsandhappy

Come meet Josh!#specialneedsandhappy

The event will be pet-friendly and we will have a professional photographer on site taking family portraits. All raffle entrants will get a free print!

Photos from 2015 Grand Opening!

Photos from 2015 Grand Opening!

We will also be introducing our new full-time associate veterinarian, Dr. Julie Geisler! Dr. Geisler graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in the Chicagoland area since. She and her husband have recently moved to Logan Square. We are so excited to welcome her to the Boulevard family and hope you will too!

Dr. Julie Geisler and Thumper

Dr. Julie Geisler and Thumper

It’s been a great 1st year here at Boulevard and we could not have done it without your support of local small business. Your patronage supports 10 new jobs in Logan Square as well as discounted medical care for our rescue partners at Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, One Tail at a Time and Alive Rescue.
 

We hope to see you on May 15th!
-Dr. Dylan and the Boulevard Vet Staff!