Separation Anxiety & Pets: What You Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal for everyone, including our pets. One of the big changes is that pets have been able to enjoy more time with their people, more frequent walks for dogs, more mental stimulation, and in some cases, too many treats. As pet owners return to the office, children go back to school and opportunities to be out and about increase, some pets may find the change difficult. In those situations, pets may experience separation anxiety. Behavioral Issues Can Be Signs of Separation Anxiety At West Loop Veterinary Care, we help pet owners whose cats
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What You Need to Know About Giardia in Dogs in Chicago, IL

Now that the snow has melted and rain leaves puddles all around the city, dog owners should be aware of giardia, a common ailment among city dogs. Giardia is a type of parasite that can be found in water, grass, soil, and all sorts of other substances your dog may encounter. It lives in the intestines of mammals and grows cysts there, which are then left in their feces to start the whole process over again. Dogs are just one of the many mammals that can develop an infection of giardia. It’s not uncommon in the United States or elsewhere
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Caring for Senior Pets

Whether you’ve recently adopted a senior pet or watched your puppy grow and age, we know that there are many benefits and challenges of having an older pet At West Loop Veterinary Care we understand the special considerations our senior patients require to ensure that they live out their mature years with good health and happiness. Defining a Senior Pet A senior dog or cat is one who is around seven years or older, but the size and breed of the pet figure into this determination. Smaller dogs mature more slowly, live longer, and become seniors later in life than
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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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