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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Pet Dental Health

Dental health is closely linked to your pet’s overall health and happiness. Caring for your cat or dog’s dental hygiene can extend the length and improve the quality of your pet’s life. Poor dental hygiene can lead to a number of tooth and gum-related issues, including periodontal disease, gingivitis, tooth decay, broken teeth and abscesses. It can also lead to infections elsewhere in the body, including the liver kidneys and heart. Periodontal disease is the most common dental problem in both dogs and cats. Most pets will show early indications of the disease by the time they are 3 years
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MARIJUANA, CBD AND YOUR PET

Marijuana With marijuana now legal in Illinois and many other states, it is important that pet owners be aware of the dangers of marijuana to pets. Marijuana in all forms can be toxic, and possibly even deadly, to pets. Edibles and concentrates can be especially toxic to pets. Marijuana edibles, such as brownies and candy, can have additional toxicity when made with chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, sugar-free sweeteners such as xylitol or other foods that are toxic to pets. Second-hand smoke can also be a problem for pets. What if my pet ingests marijuana? If a pet ingests marijuana, pet
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