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Five Tips for a Successful Dog Adoption

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month.  If you’re considering adopting a new canine best friend, our doctors and veterinary care team members recommend these five tips for a successful adoption. Choose a breed that matches your family’s personality and lifestyle.  Puppies are generally more active and require supervision so may be a good option ... Read moreFive Tips for a Successful Dog Adoption

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Why Does My Pet’s Skin Infection Need to be Rechecked?

During or following a visit with one of our veterinarians, the doctor may have recommended a follow-up exam to reassess if the prescribed skin infection treatment is working or if additional treatment is needed.  Skin infections (pyoderma) are caused by a fungus (typically Malassezia pachydermatis) or the bacterium Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, which is the most common ... Read moreWhy Does My Pet’s Skin Infection Need to be Rechecked?

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Why Does My Pet Need Vaccines?

Our doctors recommend the administration of vaccines that are carefully tailored according to your pet’s risk level, life stage and lifestyle.  Here are three reasons why Fluffy or Fido should be vaccinated: Vaccination prevents many pet illnesses – pet diseases that are preventable with proper immunization include rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus and influenza, leptospirosis, Lyme ... Read moreWhy Does My Pet Need Vaccines?

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What is AAHA Accreditation?

BRVC is proud to call itself an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)-accredited hospital and will celebrate its 30th consecutive year of AAHA accreditation in 2022. Accreditation is voluntary and only 12%-15% of animal hospitals have completed the accreditation evaluation process. Unlike human hospitals in the U.S. that provide healthcare through Medicare and undergo regular reviews ... Read moreWhat is AAHA Accreditation?

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Why Does My Pet’s Blood or Urine Need to be Rechecked?

During or following a visit with one of our veterinarians, the doctor may have recommended additional blood and/or urine testing to recheck for infection, inflammation, anemia, diseases of the liver, pancreas or kidneys, thyroid dysfunction, or glucose or cortisol level irregularities. Depending upon your pet’s medical condition(s) and any previous diagnostic results, the following tests ... Read moreWhy Does My Pet’s Blood or Urine Need to be Rechecked?

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Does My Pet Have Asthma?

Asthma is the most commonly diagnosed respiratory disorder in cats.  Although diagnosed less frequently, dogs can suffer from asthma in much the same way cats do.  Asthma is an incurable disease, but our veterinarians are experts on its causes and successful treatments.  Here are four things you should know about asthma in companion animals. Asthma ... Read moreDoes My Pet Have Asthma?

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What is Lyme Disease and How Can I Prevent its Transmission?

The number of pets living in DuPage, Will and Cook Counties that tested positive for tick-borne diseases so far this year has increased 8% compared to the same time period last year.  In this blog, we take a “deep dive” into Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne disease found in Illinois pets, and how to ... Read moreWhat is Lyme Disease and How Can I Prevent its Transmission?

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Veterinary Care for Your Puppy

Our doctors and veterinary care professionals have a plan for puppy care that will make sure your new bestie gets everything he or she needs.  Here are five areas in which we’ll help your puppy start off on the right paw to make sure you share many happy, healthy years together. A first puppy wellness ... Read moreVeterinary Care for Your Puppy

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How Do I Brush My Pet’s Teeth?

Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty scary, right? As you can guess, things would eventually start to go very, very bad inside your mouth: teeth would decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious ... Read moreHow Do I Brush My Pet’s Teeth?

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Ways to Help Fido Adapt to Your New Routine

COVID-19 brought big changes to all of our lives, including your pets. As our lifestyles and schedules adjust or change, you may find that your four-legged friend has some trouble adapting to new routines and experiences. Here are a few things to watch for and how to deal with them effectively: Don’t Leave Me – ... Read moreWays to Help Fido Adapt to Your New Routine

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