Tender Care Animal Hospital


(309) 266-1182

300 E. Courtland


(309) 243-1755

9809 St. Route 91

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    Excellence in Veterinary Care
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    Peoria's Best Doggy Daycare
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    Boarding You Can Trust

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Full Service Veterinary Clinic

Two Locations - Morton & Peoria!

Welcome to Tender Care Animal Hospital - AAHA Accredited & Fear Free Certified

Tender Care Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic and hospital, located in Morton and Peoria, Illinois.

Our veterinarians (Mark Larson, DVM (owner); PJ Klopfenstein, DVM; Dr. Janelle Lyons, DVM; Bryana Mitchell, DVM; and Candace Whittington, DVM) along with the professional and courteous staff at Tender Care Animal Hospital seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for our highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Our facilities also offer dog grooming, doggy daycare and pet boarding as well as obedience training classes! Tender Care Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in pet care to Morton, Peoria, and surrounding areas.

The Tender Care staff is now certified in Fear Free - "Taking the pet out of petrified."

Tender Care now accepts the CareCredit credit card for your pet’s care. It’s easy to apply online and get an instant credit decision at carecredit.com/vetmed.

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Animals and COVID-19

Can COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infect my pets? Can pets spread COVID-19? Can the virus live on my pet’s fur? Is it safe to walk my dog? Pet owners have a lot of questions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has answers.

View AVMA’s COVID-19 FAQs for pet owners.

Thank You!

Congratulations to our staff and thank you to our clients!

Four years in a row! Tender Care Animal Hospital is proud to receive the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 WEEK Viewers' Choice Award for Veterinarians.

Tender Care Animal Hospital is proud to be Voted #1 in Boarding in the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Peoria Journal Star Media's Best of The Best.

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Veterinary Care

Trust Your Pet's Health to Tender Care Animal Hospital

As a full-service veterinary facility, TENDER CARE ANIMAL HOSPITAL seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for our highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Wellness Plans

Wellness Plans

Tender Care offers optimum health wellness plans designed by age to prevent, detect, and treat disease more effectively using vaccinations, parasite screenings and protection, yearly bloodwork, and dental care.

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Tender Care has state-of-the-art surgical facilities where our doctors perform routine procedures such as spays, neuters, and mass removals in addition to more complicated procedures such as emergency intestinal surgery.

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Online & On-site Pharmacies

Both Tender Care locations are equipped with an online and on-site pharmacy eliminating the need to make an additional stop on the way home. We stock several forms of injectable medications for pets that may be difficult to administer medication to.

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Additional Services

Take a look at what else Tender Care Animal Hospital can do for your pet.

Doggie Daycare

Doggy Daycare

Is your pet lonely while you're at work or school? Give your companion the personal attention he or she deserves throughout the day by enrolling them in Doggy Daycare at our Peoria location. We are a member of The Dog Guru Community!

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Pet Boarding

Let us take care of your pet while you're away. We offer individualized care, nurturing, and plenty of tender, loving care, such as brushing and cuddling.

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Pet Grooming

Professional grooming is now available! So why not treat your family pet to a spa day? Appointments are available Monday through Friday.

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Dog Training

Learn to earn your dogs respect through leadership by establishing clearly and consistently what is and what is not acceptable behavior.

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Giving Back to the Community

Tender Care is proud to work with these community organizations.

T.A.P.S.    Paws for Independence    Operation Safe
Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS)    Pets for Seniors    Rhodesian Ridgeback  

New Puppy

New Puppy Tips

Tender Care can help you start your puppy on a healthy path. Plus, get a free "goodie bag" filled with puppy essentials at your puppy's first appointment.

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Activities and Events

Check out the many activities going on at Tender Care during the year, such as Photos with Santa. You'll also find us participating in many local events.

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Tips & Tails
Tips & Tails

Ask "Big Red"

Tips & Tails by "Big Red" is a column published monthly in 50+ News & Views. Find out what Big Red has to say about many common pet questions!

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