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4 Convenient Locations in Southern Illinois
Main Phone: 800-455-6536
"Over 200 Years of Quality Experience"

Hours Vary By Location

Herrin Office
M, W: 7:30 am – 8:00 PM
T: 8 am – 8 pm
Th:  7:30 am - 6:00 PM
Fri:  7:30 am – 5 pm
Sat: 8 am- 2 pm





Welcome to Central Hospital for Animals-Herrin Office

Our Herrin facility is the hub of all Central Hospital For Animals locations and offers comprehensive medical and surgical care for our animal patients.  Services range from yearly examinations, vaccinations, and spaying & neutering to extensive surgical and hospitalizations options, such as orthopedics and cancer treatments.  We also have a variety of pet foods, treats, shampoos, and flea/heartworm prevention for your dog, cat, or exotic pet. Over the years, satellite clinics were added to neighboring towns in Carbondale, Marion, & Harrisburg.  The Herrin office contains a full laboratory & pharmacy, and although most diagnostic and treatment procedures are completed within the hospital, sometimes we rely on other laboratories as needed.  CHFA boasts the latest technology by offering digital radiology, ultrasound, CO2 Laser, and Therapy Laser.  Twenty-four hour emergency service is another important aspect of our full service hospital.  We have 9 doctors' staffed at all four locations to help serve our Southern Illinois community.

Our Services


Central Hospital For Animals cares about the oral health of your pet and offers a wide range of oral health procedures for its veterinary patient.

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Our knowledgeable staff will provide you with customized care for all your pet's life stages, tailoring treatment and vaccine protocols to your individual pet and its lifestyle.

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Dr. Laura Portee is currently accepting appointments regarding reproductive care.  She currently rotates between the Harrisburg and Herrin facilities each week.

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We provide primary and specialty care for a wide range of avian and exotic animals including birds, exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and pocket pets.

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Dental Disease and Your Pet

Does your pet have it?
It’s time to schedule their yearly checkup today and find out.

It’s that time of year again. Love, hugs and chocolate are on everyone’s mind. For your pet, the first two come out way on top! (Chocolate is a no-no, but you already knew that!)

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.

If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.

Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and in-clinic teeth cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life. At our hospital, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. Just like when you visit your dentist, we use special tools to remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup.

Keeping your pet healthy from toe to tooth shows the world how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet in tiptop shape is to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way. (Because we love them too!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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  • Just took my 16 pound bear of a cat here for a checkup and flea treatment. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and they didn't shy away from the task when Louie started to express his discomfort. I will definitely come here for future checkups!

    Colin M. - Facebook Review
  • The staff are very caring and experienced. Our beloved Pebbles was treated with much live here. There was no waiting to come in, staff whom answered the phone, were extremely sympathetic and listened to our issues.

    Pamela M. - Facebook Review
  • This place is the best. They have absolutely incredible customer service. Both of my pets have gone here from the moment I got them and I won't take them anywhere else!!!!

    Nikki D - Facebook Review