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Companion Animal Hospital Mount Prospect

Companion Animal Hospital Mount Prospect

2010 Camp McDonald Rd | Mt Prospect, IL 60056

Call 847-834-4920
Monday 8:00am - 7:00am
Tuesday 8:00am - 7:00am
Wednesday 8:00am - 7:00am
Thursday 8:00am - 7:00am
Friday 8:00am - 6:00am
Saturday 8:00am - 2:00am
Sunday 10:00am - 2:00am
  • Open Sundays
  • Pet Grooming
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Companion Animal Hospital Mount Prospect (formerly known as Camp McDonald Animal Hospital) in Mt. Prospect, IL is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality vet care throughout the life of your pet.

We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's vet care. We treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality veterinary medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education. Meet our vets Dr. Scott Petereit, Dr. Erin Walsh, Dr. Jessica Smith and Dr. Sheila Newenham. Our entire veterinary team, is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner.

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Dr. Scott Petereit
Dr. Scott Petereit

Graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, Dr. Petereit brings over 20 years of clinical small animal medical experience to Companion Animal Hospital Mount Prospect. His interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine and employing diagnostic modalities of ultrasound and endoscopy. He works hard to thoroughly educate pet owners about their pet's care in order to help them make the best decisions regarding their well-being. Dr. Petereit is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Illinois and Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Associations.
Dr. Petereit volunteers his time to providing veterinary care to homeless pets at The Buddy Foundation, a no-kill shelter located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. When he is not helping pets he spends his time with his wife and three young children including the family dog, Tyler. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors and loves to fish, in addition to hiking and snowboarding.

What made you want to become a vet?
I always loved the sciences and had raised one type of animal or another throughout my life. As a kid I hatched and raised chickens, pigeons, and even had a pheasant as a pet; I had salamanders to turtles, gerbils to guinea pigs, and even raccoon kits at one time. I got my father to take me to buy a dog with money I had been saving for two years when I was nine years old. When it was time to plan a career, veterinary medicine was the obvious choice.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?
No one particular moment stands out. Generally, when you can help a pet that is truly suffering or ill and help heal their illness to return them to the arms of their happy owners...this is always a big reward.

If you weren't a vet, what would you do?
My second career choice was to be involved in some sort of wildlife management career. Perhaps I might be in this field now.

What animal scares you more than any other?
Maggots...Yuck! Unfortunately, I have seen some animals that were so debilitated that their wounds were infested with maggots. I have nightmares about maggots.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
This is still a work in progress since I am still raising three children with my wife. Years from know I hope I can look back and say that this was my greatest accomplishment.

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?
Dental disease and obesity. I see both these health issues lead to significant disease on a daily basis.

What is the most exotic animal you have treated?
A coati mundi. Basically South America's version of a raccoon. In veterinary school I assisted with a black bear and a Siberian tiger...what an awesome animal!

What is your favorite comfort food?
I've never met a cheeseburger I did not like.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Cigarette butts thrown from a car window.

Name 4 things people might be surprised to know about you:
I was charged by a brown bear once in Alaska
I was a college cheerleader
I am a pretty good snowboarder
I can still walk at least 20 yards in a hand stand

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Dr. Jessica Smith
Dr. Jessica Smith

Dr. Smith has been practicing veterinary medicine since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Go Badgers! She has a special fondness for wellness care, dentistry, and internal medicine (especially ultrasound) but loves being a "jack-of-all-trades"! When not at work you can find her with her family which includes husband Patrick, children Alex, Nate, and Evelyn, and dog Cora, or in the pool forever trying to get faster! In what little spare time she has, she is sneaking in a good book, catching up on movies, or just enjoying the silence.

What made you want to become a vet?
I was always good at science and math and when you combine that with my love and respect for the human-animal bond, it was a no brainer.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?
L.T. - He was a cat who ate string and it perforated his intestines. I really didn't think he would make it during surgery. He definately had a rough few days, but he made it. And a few months later I saw his owner who said he went off to college with her daughter. I just remember thinking how great it felt to have been a part of helping to give him and his family those memories. And then hoping he doesn't gain weight at college.

If you weren't a vet, what would you do?
In my dream world, a movie critic or National Park Ranger out west. In reality, something more practical like a math teacher.

What animal scares you more than any other?

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
My family of course!

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?
For cats it's being allowed outside unsupervised. It can lead to diseases, wounds, and trauma that indoor cats do not have to face. And for dogs, it is being off leash outside. Every time I hear about a dog hit by a car, I am saddened to realize that it was most likely preventable.

What is the most exotic animal you have treated?
In vet school, a kangaroo!

What is your favorite comfort food?
Ice cream. Chocolate. With Oreos on top.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go to Culver's.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Please don't make me answer this

Name 5 things people might be surprised to know about you:
1. I have been scuba diving with countless sharks at the Blue Hole in Belize.
2. I love to swim. Every September, I swim a 5K race in Lake Michigan along with other competitions when I have the time.
3. I hate mustard. On anything, at anytime. Can't even stand to smell the stuff!
4. I could watch nature shows on TV until my eyeballs fall out.
5. I am one of those rare people who enjoys what they do for a living.

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Dr. Erin Walsh
Dr. Erin Walsh

Dr. Walsh graduated from Purdue University in May 2010 with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in biology. She enjoyed her time at Purdue so much that she stayed for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree as well. She graduated from vet school in 2014 and worked in a small animal clinic in the south suburbs for a year before coming to Companion Animal Hospital.

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Dr. Sheila Newenham
Dr. Sheila Newenham

Dr. Newenham has been practicing veterinary medicine since graduating from the University of Illinois in 1995. She has a special fondness for feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and behavioral health. When not at work she enjoys nature photography, gardening, travel, hiking, and snow-shoeing.

Why made you decide to become a veterinarian?

I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. Growing up I talked my parents into all sorts of pets; hamsters, guinea pigs, kittens, gerbils and a puppy. I helped to nurse our baby hamsters when they were rejected by their mom. In grade school I spent time with a family friend who was a veterinarian and I was hooked. I never considered anything else.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?

There are so many memorable moments that it?s hard to pick just one. Most recently I performed oral surgery on an older dog that had bad periodontal disease. He was recently adopted and his owners were unaware of the disease in his mouth. They brought him to see me because he was coughing. The infection in his mouth had caused him to lose teeth. He also had two holes in his palate that went into his sinuses. I performed surgery to repair the holes and treat the infections in his mouth and jaw. He recovered so well that his owners said he was behaving like a puppy. They thought they had adopted an old, tired dog but once we made him well, he was an enthusiastic, active companion for them. Being able to help that dog feel good again and see how happy it made his people was definitely a memorable moment.

How did you come to join Companion Animal Hospital?

I was looking for a part-time position and during my search I found that the people at Companion Animal Hospital and I had a lot of shared interests. It felt like home from the first time I walked in the door. The client-centered practice style, quality medicine and cohesive team make it a great place to be.

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?

I love being part of the relationships that people have with their pets and being able to help enrich those relationships.

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?

Periodontal disease is by far the most common problem I see. I am a big advocate of teeth brushing and other easy home dental care techniques to help avoid this disease. When the mouth is sick, the whole body suffers from the infection and inflammation.

What was the most rewarding case you have had as a veterinarian?

There are so many, again it?s hard to pick just one. Recently I saw a dog who had yelped while paying fetch with a stick the day before and now she wasn't eating. I found that she had a piece of stick impaled completely through her tongue. I sedated her to remove the stick and suture the hole in her tongue. She woke up happy and wanted to eat right away. So many problems in medicine are complex, hard to diagnose and treatment takes time. In this case, the diagnosis was easy, the treatment went smoothly and the recovery was fast. It was rewarding to have healed her completely and so quickly.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?

I treated a couple of sugar gliders once. They are hard to hold on to!

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people don't use their turn signals

Favorite place to eat?

Chinook's Waterfront Restaurant

Favorite place to visit?

I can't chose between Alaska and the Rocky Mountains

Favorite movie?

The Lost Boys

Favorite food?

Spicy Mexican or Cajun

What is your favorite sports team?

Illini Basketball

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?

I was also charged by an Alaskan brown bear

I raised mice for a barn owl reintroduction project years ago. They only wanted the brown mice so I neutered two white and brown ones and kept them as pets. My dog loved them!

I was captain of the intramural champion women's Broomball team at the University of Illinois.

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