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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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Retrieving a Cancer Cure

According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs and 32% of cats.  The disease occurs when body cells replicate at an abnormally quick and erratic rate and form a mass known as a tumor.  Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic is honored to participate in the Morris Animal ... Read moreRetrieving a Cancer Cure

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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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