Caring for Senior Pets

Older pets certainly have much to offer in the lives of pet owners, they can be wonderful, life-long companions. There are several benefits to bringing a senior pet into your life, and adoption can provide a senior pet with a second chance for a loving, forever home. West Loop Veterinary Care knows the special care that is necessary for senior pets, and we always strive to provide exceptional patient care. To do so, we offer several special considerations for our senior patients to ensure they live out their mature years with health and happiness. Defining a Senior Pet A senior
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The Importance of Dog and Cat Vaccinations in Chicago, IL

Throughout 2020, many people in our West Loop community have added new cats and dogs to their families. Whenever we welcome new animals into our homes, it’s important to set them up for health success. It’s important to create a safe space for them, ranging from setting up a bed to puppy and kitten proofing your home. Another important step is to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to start their vaccination schedule. Our team will not only assess your pet’s overall health and go over the mandatory and optional vaccinations for your pet’s happy and healthy life.
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Reasons Your Dog Might Be Coughing

Coughing in dogs is often more than just a simple discomfort. The reasons behind it can be simple to manage, or they can indicate progression of deadly disease. Any time your dog starts coughing regularly (theoretically, any more than once a week), you should make an appointment with your veterinarian. However, we can provide more context to help you interpret the reasons and better understand treatment options. Are Allergies Making My Dog Cough? Allergies in dogs typically present in other forms. Even humans don’t often cough as a result of allergies, but there’s a common misconception that coughing is just
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Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean with These 6 Tips

Keeping your dog’s teeth clean along with oral hygiene is another aspect of your dog’s health that’s as equally important as a healthy diet and regular preventative exam with your veterinarian.  According to the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), many dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. Periodontal, or gum disease, is an infection of the tissues that hold the teeth in place.  The first sign of periodontal disease is bad breath, which often goes unnoticed by owners because we expect dogs to have bad breath. How To Know If Your Dog Needs A Dental Assessment
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Take Your Cat to the Vet Day!

Saturday, August 22 A Certified Cat Friendly Practice, our team at West Loop Veterinary Care knows that cats who receive regular veterinary care live longer, healthier and happier lives. Regular visits allow your veterinarian to: Monitor your cat’s diet and weight. This can be helpful in maintaining an appropriate weight for your cat’s size and age. Identify pests or parasites and recommend appropriate treatments or preventatives as necessary. Check their dental health and recommend an effective at home dental hygiene program for your cat. Good dental health is important to the overall health of your cat. Develop a proper schedule
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West Loop Vet welcomes your New Pet!

Welcome New Pets One of the positives we are seeing as a result of the COVID -19 pandemic is that people across the country are adopting pets. Having a companion animal can be quite beneficial during this stressful time as owning a pet has shown to help reduce blood pressure and loneliness. This is also a good time to adopt a new animal because many people are at home and have the time to acclimate and train the animal – and the family. Recommendations for new pet owners One of the most important steps new pet owners should take when
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Puppies, Kittens, Rabies and Tigers – Oh My!

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to our lives. We are excited to learn that many of you, and your friends, are using this time to add new kittens and puppies to your family. During these tough times, they are so significant to us. We welcome these new family members to our West Loop Community. After speaking with the proper authorities, we have added the following to our services during this stay-at-home period: Comprehensive new kitten and puppy consultations. Rabies vaccination for pets that have never been vaccinated or have only had one rabies vaccine in their life. Additional
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“Stay at home order” policies & procedures

On March 20, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued a proclamation requiring all Illinois residents to stay at home. This order does permit essential activities, including seeking veterinary medical care for your pets. Veterinarians play an important role in good public health, so West Loop Veterinary Care will maintain its regular business hours. To be flexible in the event of future governmental requirements, and to protect clients and team members, there will be NO NEW wellness appointments scheduled at this time. Already scheduled wellness appointments WILL be honored. Appointments WILL be scheduled for sick, urgent and emergency care patients and for
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COVID-19

Information is valid as of 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 COVID-19 Despite the COVID-19 crisis, West Loop Veterinary Care remains committed to providing outstanding care for pets and exceptional service to the people who love them. As we deal with the ramifications of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we will keep in touch with you via our website, email newsletters and our Facebook page. These sources will provide information about our practice and tips for keeping pets safe. The best source for the most up-to-date information about the overall situation is the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov.
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Pets & People

  COVID-19 IS A NEW VIRUS AND INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE VIRUS IS CHANGING RAPIDLY. FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19, INCLUDING QUESTIONS REGARDING COVID-19 AND ANIMALS, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE UNITED STATES CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC). THEY ARE BEST ABLE TO PROVIDE THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION. www.CDC.gov COVID-19 & PetsBy David Gonsky, DVMFounder & Chief Veterinary OfficerWest Loop Veterinary Care At West Loop Veterinary Care, we strive to provide clients with timely and accurate information important for the care of their pets. The information provided below is accurate as of March 9, 2020. Information may change as
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