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Summit Animal Hospital hard at work during pandemic

By Carol McGowan

If you travel down Harlem Avenue through Summit, you have

most likely noticed the many cars in the parking lot of the former American

Legion Hall, at 6050 S. Harlem Ave.

It’s been the new home of Summit Animal Hospital since July

of 2018.

Dr. Tracee Friederich and her staff haven’t missed a beat

while making sure our non-human friends have been taken care of during these

times of uncertainty.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the clinic was open only

for emergencies and medication refills.

There were reduced hours and restrictions in place, but, if

you needed care for your furry friends, they were there.

In fact, Dr. Tracee and her father, Dr. Gary, diagnosed the

first cat in the state of Illinois with COVID-19. The cat tested positive, and

has since recovered and doing well.

Business manager Trent Friederich (from left), Dr. Tracee Friederich and her father, Dr. Gary Friederich stand in front of the Summit Animal Hospital.

They are slowly expanding their temporary hours to see more

clients, and for you to get your pet groomed.

At present, you check in at the gate, and your pet gets

taken in while you wait outside in your vehicle, or while distancing from

others in the lot.

All payment and instruction is given outside, as to keep the

most sanitary environment inside the clinic walls.

No non-staff humans are allowed inside at this point and

they have it working like a well-oiled machine.

Dr. Tracee has followed in the big shoes of her father, Dr.

Gary Friederich, who bought the practice from Dr. Leon Leonis back in 1992.

Dr. Leonis and his wife began their animal practice out of

their home, which was at the same location back in the 1950s.

When asked about the reason for purchasing the American

Legion building, Dr. Tracee said, “We wanted to expand Summit Animal Hospital

to a larger facility to provide the best medical care for our patients.”

The clinic was previously in a building one block south on

Harlem.

Summit Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital

and treats dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and exotic pets. The seven doctors,

and staff of 35 continue to follow the rules and regulations set by the CDC and

AVMA.

It’s a walk-in clinic, so it’s first come, first serve, but

with the caring staff to help you and your pet, it’s well worth a bit of a wait

if they are busy during these changing times.

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