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How Can I Help My Pet Reach or Keep a Healthy Weight?

Cats or dogs that carry extra weight can experience an increased risk of health problems.  Overweight cats have a higher incidence of asthma, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and gallbladder disease.  Dog obesity-related diseases include osteoarthritis, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and urinary tract disease.  Overweight large breed dogs are also at a much higher risk for ... Read moreHow Can I Help My Pet Reach or Keep a Healthy Weight?

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How Can I Help My Itchy Pet?

An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system is hypersensitive to a particular substance called an allergen.  Dogs and cats with allergies may be seen licking their feet, scratching, or chewing on their fur and some breeds are more disposed to an allergic reaction than others.  You can play a major role in helping your ... Read moreHow Can I Help My Itchy Pet?

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How Do I Keep My Senior Cat Healthy?

Senior cats – those eight years of age and older – require a different level of care than kittens or adults.  As your feline companion ages, s/he may experience many of the same changes that people do—including mobility issues, nutritional changes, and decreased activity – which can result in more frequent veterinary care.  Mobility Issues ... Read moreHow Do I Keep My Senior Cat Healthy?

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Hitting the Road Safely with Fluffy or Fido

Last month we provided general tips about planning for a vacation with your pet including confirming needed documentation for out-of-state or out-of-country travel, properly identifying your travel buddy, and familiarizing your pet with its travel crate or carrier.  This month, we focus on planning a road trip with your four-legged friend.  If you’re hitting the ... Read moreHitting the Road Safely with Fluffy or Fido

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How Should I Prepare for Traveling With My Pet?

For many people, summer means travel – whether it’s a road trip, camping adventure, or a fly-away vacation.  If Fido or Fluffy is coming along, here are some tips to prepare for your adventure – regardless of your transportation method. Confirm what veterinary health documentation is needed for out-of-state or out-of-country travel.  If you’re taking ... Read moreHow Should I Prepare for Traveling With My Pet?

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Why Does My Pet Need Year-Round Heartworm, Flea and Tick Prevention?

The number of pets living in Will, Cook and DuPage Counties that tested positive for heartworm infection has increased 16%, 13% and 2% respectively compared to last year.  To date, the number of Will County pets that tested positive for Lyme disease has increased 11% compared to 2021 with slight decreases seen in pets living ... Read moreWhy Does My Pet Need Year-Round Heartworm, Flea and Tick Prevention?

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What is Hypothyroidism?

An underactive thyroid gland, which is most typically seen in middle-aged dogs, slows down the body’s metabolism to an unhealthy level.  The thyroid gland is located in the neck area and has two lobes which are on either side of the trachea (windpipe).  This gland is responsible for producing thyroid hormones that regulate the body’s ... Read moreWhat is Hypothyroidism?

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What is Hyperthyroidism?

An overactive thyroid gland, which is most typically seen in middle-aged and older cats, speeds up the body’s metabolism to an unhealthy level.  The thyroid gland is located in the neck area and has two lobes which are on either side of the trachea (windpipe).  This gland is responsible for producing thyroid hormones that regulate ... Read moreWhat is Hyperthyroidism?

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Why Does Fluffy or Fido Have Bad Breath?

The main cause of halitosis (bad breath) in dogs and cats is periodontal (dental) disease.  Dental disease is the most common condition of pets today with 80% of dogs and cats over age three having some form.  Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and damage other organs such as the heart, kidneys, and ... Read moreWhy Does Fluffy or Fido Have Bad Breath?

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Roundworms, Hookworms and Giardia – Oh My!

Intestinal parasites are a year-round concern, but if you’re considering adding a puppy, kitten or an adult adopted pet to your family this holiday season, here are three things to keep in mind so everyone in your household remains safe and healthy: Intestinal parasites are organisms that live in the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts of dogs ... Read moreRoundworms, Hookworms and Giardia – Oh My!

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