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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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Keep Your Pets Safe This Paw-liday!

There’s lots of fun to be had during the holidays, but there are also quite a few hazards for your pet.  Here are three safety tips to keep your pet(s) jolly this season: Safely store fatty foods, chocolate and other sweets.  Chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, currants, macadamia nuts, walnuts and any foods sweetened with Xylitol ... Read moreKeep Your Pets Safe This Paw-liday!

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Five Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month—and there’s never been a better time to splurge on a classic cat or dog! Senior pets are often the hardest to adopt, when in fact they often make the best animal companions because they’re already housebroken, have good manners, and won’t chew everything at ground level.  Here are ... Read moreFive Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

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Is Your Pet Overweight?

Did you know obesity is one of the most common problems in companion animals and that recent surveys from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention indicate 60% of dogs and cats are overweight or obese?  Pets are considered overweight if they are 10-20% over their ideal weight and obese if they are 20% or more ... Read moreIs Your Pet Overweight?

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