Stateline Hillcrest Small Animal Hospital

★★★☆☆
Stateline Hillcrest Small Animal Hospital in Danville, IL (Vermilion County) has a skilled and experienced team of veterinarian doctors and vet staff to provide superb veterinary medicine and pet surgery for your beloved pet. We are a full service companion small animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our veterinary services and pet facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy dogs, cats and other small animal pets, early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages, and complete veterinary medical and small animal surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.
  • 3361 Lynch Court

    Danville, IL 61834

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  • 217-655-4103

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I came home from work to find my almost 9yr old chihuahua Lily pawing at one side of her face and awkwardly sitting her head on the floor. I called around to the animal hospitals in my area asking if anyone took payments incase something serious was wrong. I came across:
Stateline Hillcrest Small Animal Hospital. I spoke with the receptionist who assured me we could be billed for the procedure and set up a payment plan if in fact there was a serious problem. We saw Dr. Girouard who examined Lily and determined she had a jaw fracture. Dr. Girouard said they would have to pin the fracture but first they would do blood work and xrays. Dr. Girouard quoted everything at $350-$400. We left Lily at the vet while these the blood work and xrays were being done. Later Dr. Girouard called letting us know he wouldn't get to her that day but would get to her the next morning. The next day her surgery was done and we received a call letting us know the fracture had to be wired and pinned along with a tooth being removed during the surgery. She was due home that day but Dr. Girouard decided to keep her another night for observation. Sunday morning we met Dr. Girouard at the Stateline Hillcrest Small Animal Hospital to pick up Lily, go over her medication, look at xrays, etc. We expected the xrays to show a rather severe fracture but there was only one clean fracture with no smaller hairline fractures splintering off. Dr. Girouard then surprised us by telling us the bill was going to be $1,070 and not the $350-$400 we were quoted. After I told him we had spoken to his receptionist/vet tech about a payment plan Dr. Girouard stated they did not extend lines of credit for bills this high. Dr. Girouard then told us he would not be giving Lily back to us until we made a payment. When I asked what would be acceptable so we could take her home Dr. Girouard told me I should start calling friends and family to find money to pay the bill. We were never given a straight answer and then forced to leave my shaking whimpering dog there until we magically came up with this money. I contacted the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and was told the vet could not hold my dog or my vet records and if both were not released to me I had every right to call the police and have them come hand my dog and her medical records over to me. After I got out of work that day (the day after her release to me was refused) I went in to Stateline Hillcrest Small Animal Hospital by myself with a take no prisoners attitude and told myself I was not leaving there without my dog. As I figured the receptionist refused to give me my records even after I told her in IL it was illegal to withhold the records from me. Dr. Girouard's first inquiry was how I'd be paying for the bill when he ushered me into a private room. I told him I'd make a payment that day, set up a payment plan, and that I would be taking Lily home that day. Dr. Girouard started to say he couldn't agree to that when I interrupted him and stated quote, "It's unfortunate that my first experience here was being made to feel like a degenerate who was not going to pay their bill and then denied the release of my dog. You've treated me like some stupid, insignificant little girl who has no clue about what her rights are. After all of this you forced me to start calling government agencies like the Illinois Veterinarian Medical Association and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Department who informed me that you keeping my dog here and refusing to release her medical records is in fact illegal. So you will be getting my dog and her records and I will be leaving." Then he told me it would be no problem at all to get my records. I told him oh is that right because your receptionist just refused to give them to me so that's interesting. Dr. Girouard went in the back to get Lily and her medication. Dr. Girouard printed out my medical records (everything except the xrays) and told the women in reception to set up a payment plan for me. One of these woman who earlier when I arrived told me they didn't do payment plans at all just so happened to know exactly where they kept the printed out forms for this thing they supposedly just don't do. Dr. Girouard then on second thought after realizing what a huge mistake he had made in the way he had treated me told the girls we had worked out a personal arrangement and I left the office with my dog, her medicine, her records, and was never made to sign a payment plan or any other type of promise to pay agreement. I assume this was done in hopes that I would not be reporting him to the IDFPR or on review sites such as this. Upon getting home and looking over Lily's medical records I found more than one error such as Dr. Girouard stating that we were given the option of a tape muzzle as opposed to surgery which we never were and the fact that a tooth was extracted during surgery was entirely left off of the record.

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I came home from work to find my almost 9yr old chihuahua Lily pawing at one side of her face and awkwardly sitting her head on the floor. I called around to the animal hospitals in my area asking if anyone took payments incase something serious was wrong. I came across:
Stateline Hillcrest Small Animal Hospital. I spoke with the receptionist who assured me we could be billed for the procedure and set up a payment plan if in fact there was a serious problem. We saw Dr. Girouard who examined Lily and determined she had a jaw fracture. Dr. Girouard said they would have to pin the fracture but first they would do blood work and xrays. Dr. Girouard quoted everything at $350-$400. We left Lily at the vet while these the blood work and xrays were being done. Later Dr. Girouard called letting us know he wouldn't get to her that day but would get to her the next morning. The next day her surgery was done and we received a call letting us know the fracture had to be wired and pinned along with a tooth being removed during the surgery. She was due home that day but Dr. Girouard decided to keep her another night for observation. Sunday morning we met Dr. Girouard at the Stateline Hillcrest Small Animal Hospital to pick up Lily, go over her medication, look at xrays, etc. We expected the xrays to show a rather severe fracture but there was only one clean fracture with no smaller hairline fractures splintering off. Dr. Girouard then surprised us by telling us the bill was going to be $1,070 and not the $350-$400 we were quoted. After I told him we had spoken to his receptionist/vet tech about a payment plan Dr. Girouard stated they did not extend lines of credit for bills this high. Dr. Girouard then told us he would not be giving Lily back to us until we made a payment. When I asked what would be acceptable so we could take her home Dr. Girouard told me I should start calling friends and family to find money to pay the bill. We were never given a straight answer and then forced to leave my shaking whimpering dog there until we magically came up with this money. I contacted the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and was told the vet could not hold my dog or my vet records and if both were not released to me I had every right to call the police and have them come hand my dog and her medical records over to me. After I got out of work that day (the day after her release to me was refused) I went in to Stateline Hillcrest Small Animal Hospital by myself with a take no prisoners attitude and told myself I was not leaving there without my dog. As I figured the receptionist refused to give me my records even after I told her in IL it was illegal to withhold the records from me. Dr. Girouard's first inquiry was how I'd be paying for the bill when he ushered me into a private room. I told him I'd make a payment that day, set up a payment plan, and that I would be taking Lily home that day. Dr. Girouard started to say he couldn't agree to that when I interrupted him and stated quote, "It's unfortunate that my first experience here was being made to feel like a degenerate who was not going to pay their bill and then denied the release of my dog. You've treated me like some stupid, insignificant little girl who has no clue about what her rights are. After all of this you forced me to start calling government agencies like the Illinois Veterinarian Medical Association and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Department who informed me that you keeping my dog here and refusing to release her medical records is in fact illegal. So you will be getting my dog and her records and I will be leaving." Then he told me it would be no problem at all to get my records. I told him oh is that right because your receptionist just refused to give them to me so that's interesting. Dr. Girouard went in the back to get Lily and her medication. Dr. Girouard printed out my medical records (everything except the xrays) and told the women in reception to set up a payment plan for me. One of these woman who earlier when I arrived told me they didn't do payment plans at all just so happened to know exactly where they kept the printed out forms for this thing they supposedly just don't do. Dr. Girouard then on second thought after realizing what a huge mistake he had made in the way he had treated me told the girls we had worked out a personal arrangement and I left the office with my dog, her medicine, her records, and was never made to sign a payment plan or any other type of promise to pay agreement. I assume this was done in hopes that I would not be reporting him to the IDFPR or on review sites such as this. Upon getting home and looking over Lily's medical records I found more than one error such as Dr. Girouard stating that we were given the option of a tape muzzle as opposed to surgery which we never were and the fact that a tooth was extracted during surgery was entirely left off of the record.

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We started using Stateline for animal care about 2 years ago when we first got our puppy and they are excellent. They are a very clean well kept animal hospital. The staff are very friendly and have answers to almost any questions. They have very reasonable boarding options and even have drop off and pickup options on weekends.

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We started using Stateline for animal care about 2 years ago when we first got our puppy and they are excellent. They are a very clean well kept animal hospital. The staff are very friendly and have answers to almost any questions. They have very reasonable boarding options and even have drop off and pickup options on weekends.

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