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Canine Influenza Update | May 2016

Canine Influenza Cases Confirmed Locally in Bloomington-Normal and Pontiac Update 5/27: We are now requiring all dogs boarding in our hospitals to have had both boosters of H3N2 and H3N8 Canine Influenza with the final boosters given at least two weeks prior to their boarding appointments. More information is provided below. Since the first outbreaks occurred in … Continue reading Canine Influenza Update | May 2016

Preparing for Your Next Vet Visit

If you have ever returned home from a vet visit and realized that you forgot to ask an important question, you are not alone. It’s easy to become distracted during the appointment, particularly if your pet is frightened or anxious. Preparation is the key to ensuring that all of your questions and concerns are addressed … Continue reading Preparing for Your Next Vet Visit

Feline Leukemia Virus: What You Need to Know

Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a virus that weakens your cat’s immune system. Unfortunately, when the immune system does not function properly, your cat may be more likely to develop other diseases, such as cancer and blood disorders. How Cats Contract Feline Leukemia Cats get feline leukemia from other cats. The virus is spread in saliva, … Continue reading Feline Leukemia Virus: What You Need to Know

Microchipping Your Pet

Each year, nearly 8 million animals end up in local shelters. Of those 8 million pets, data shows that less than 20 percent of lost dogs and less than 2 percent of missing cats are ever returned to their original owners. Thankfully, there are some useful tools available to help pet owners who have lost … Continue reading Microchipping Your Pet

Prepare Your Pets for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner! Whether you are planning on participating in the spookiest night of the year —Halloween — it is likely that people in your neighborhood are. This means that the streets will be filled with loud noises, new faces and all manner of things that can stress out your four-legged friends. … Continue reading Prepare Your Pets for Halloween

What You Need to Know About Rabies

Rabies is deadly disease, but, luckily, outbreaks are not particularly common in the United States. In fact, 95 percent of deaths due to rabies occur in Africa and Asia, according to the World Health Organization. Although rabies might not be widespread in the U.S., the consequences can be severe if you are bitten by a … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Rabies

Assistance Dogs Offer Many Benefits

Assistance dogs are not just for blind or visually impaired people. Today, these dogs help people with a range of conditions enjoy full lives. Guide Dogs Guide dogs, also known as Seeing Eye dogs, help blind and visually impaired people live independent lives. These dogs “see” for their owners and help them travel safely to … Continue reading Assistance Dogs Offer Many Benefits

De-Skunking Your Dog

De-Skunking Your Dog Has your dog ever been sprayed by a skunk? Has he ever brought the stinky smell into your house? If so, you probably know just how difficult it is to remove that bad smell from your pet’s coat. As the weather warms up, your dog is undoubtedly spending more and more time … Continue reading De-Skunking Your Dog

Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Pets are incredibly curious creatures who are not above snacking on anything that interests them. When that snack is a plant, problems can occur. Many plants are poisonous if eaten and can cause symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to death. Below is a list of some of the most common plants that sicken pets. Aloe … Continue reading Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Are You Preventing Heartworm Disease?

With spring and warmer weather upon us, mosquitoes will be making their appearance anytime. Heartworms are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. This is a major health concern for your pet! Signs of heartworm disease include: coughing, difficulty breathing, panting, decreased exercise tolerance or even sudden death. Pets may not show signs until … Continue reading Are You Preventing Heartworm Disease?

Pet Travel Tips

Are you planning to hit the road with your pets this summer? Whether you are planning a lengthy family road trip or a quick summer getaway, there are some important things you need to know before making the decision to travel with your pets. Use the following tips to guarantee a safe and stress-free trip … Continue reading Pet Travel Tips

My Cat Grooms Excessively — Is Something Wrong?

It is normal for cats to groom themselves throughout the day. In fact, cats may spend up to one half of each day grooming themselves. For this reason, you may not even notice if your cat starts to groom himself or herself excessively. Nonetheless, if your cat constantly licks himself or herself or is pulling … Continue reading My Cat Grooms Excessively — Is Something Wrong?

Stress Relief for Pets

Stress isn’t just a problem for humans; your pet can experience the negative effects too. Illness, changes in the usual routine or the death of another pet can lead to an increase in your pet’s anxiety level. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your furry friend relax. Signs of Stress … Continue reading Stress Relief for Pets

Muzzle is Not a Dirty Word

Sometimes when asked how work is going, I answer, “Not too bad. I still have all ten fingers.” It’s my poor attempt at a joke, but I’ve realized that a lot of people unfamiliar with veterinary medicine ask if that’s really a risk of the job. Although we have countless wonderful pets that walk through … Continue reading Muzzle is Not a Dirty Word

Pets With Benefits

Have you ever noticed that you tend to feel better when you are around your pet? You are not alone. Recent studies show that nearly 50 percent of Americans find stress relief from their pets. Whether you own a dog, a cat or a lizard, pets offer companionship that can be greatly beneficial for your … Continue reading Pets With Benefits

Winter & Fleas

Think the flea threat is over with cold weather approaching –- think again! With winter coming and colder temperatures with it, many fleas will die off. Once temperatures drop below 37 degrees Fahrenheit fleas start to freeze, but it can take up to 10 consecutive days of temperatures below 37 degree before fleas outside die. … Continue reading Winter & Fleas

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Can Help Your Pets, Too!

The ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS research is everywhere, but did you know it can help your pets too? ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a degenerative neuropathy that causes human patients to lose their ability to use their muscles to move.  Dogs can suffer from a similar nervous system disease called canine … Continue reading ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Can Help Your Pets, Too!

Intestinal Parasites: What’s Lurking In Your Yard?

There are three common intestinal parasites that not only infect your dog or cat, but can also infect you and your family. Those parasites are roundworms, hookworms and giardia and they are found in sandboxes, soil, grass, and water. The parasites are released through an animal’s feces and the eggs can live in the environment … Continue reading Intestinal Parasites: What’s Lurking In Your Yard?

Turtles and Lizards and Snakes, Oh My!

Exotic pet medicine is an exciting field of veterinary medicine that can greatly differ from the traditional care given to dogs and cats. Many different species are considered “exotic pets” including small mammals, birds, reptiles, and even fish. As you can imagine, the practice of medicine on a rabbit is greatly different from a goldfish. … Continue reading Turtles and Lizards and Snakes, Oh My!

Ticks!

The next creepy-crawly parasites for us to discuss are ticks. Unlike fleas, ticks are not insects. They are actually arachnids, more closely related to spiders than fleas. Ticks are especially abundant in wooded areas around us, but some people don’t realize that the most common place to pick up a tick is from the tall … Continue reading Ticks!

Fleas!

Even though we see patients with fleas year-round, as spring approaches the fleas become even more prevalent. So, we wanted to share some information to help you understand more about fleas and how to keep them off your pets and out of your house. Two species of fleas are seen in pets, the cat flea … Continue reading Fleas!