Chicago’s Extreme Cold Can Be Dangerous For Pets

Each winter, Chicago experiences periods of extreme cold. Sub-freezing temperatures and below can mean extreme danger for people and pets in our West Loop community. Our West Loop Veterinary Care team answers some common questions regarding pets and the cold weather dangers.   What are some of the dangers to pets during the bitterly cold weather? Animals, like people, can suffer serious health problems during extreme cold, including frostbite, hypothermia, and even death. This is especially true for our pets, who spend much of their time indoors and are not acclimated to this extreme cold. Extreme cold can be especially
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Keep Pets Safe During Holidays

The winter holidays often bring festivities, travel, and a change in routines for pets and their owners. These activities and change in routine for pets contributes to making the period from Thanksgiving through the New Year one of the busiest at veterinary hospitals. The holiday season presents pets with lots of opportunities to get all kinds of trouble that can sicken them, cause them harm, or even lead to death.   Food & Beverage Items Many food and beverage items that are often more available during holidays can be toxic to pets including: Yeast dough for baking Onions and garlic
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How to Know When Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

The winter holiday season is one of the busiest times at veterinary hospitals and veterinary emergency centers as our pets find plenty of opportunities to get into trouble and need emergency care. That is certainly true here at West Loop Veterinary Care. Often, when pets need emergency care, every minute counts. Many pets try to hide or minimize their discomfort, but situations can escalate quickly. It’s important to understand in advance what are some of the signals that a pet is in distress and requires emergency veterinary care. If you are unsure if your pet’s situation is an emergency, contact
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What is Leptospirosis in Dogs and How Common is it in Chicago, IL?

No one wants their dog to get sick, especially when that illness can also be passed on to people. Leptospirosis is one of these diseases that can be easily passed from animals to humans. However, the Leptospirosis vaccine is one that often causes a lot of confusion for new and even long-time pet owners, so we are happy to educate our community on this important topic. In this article we will be explaining all that you need to know about Leptospirosis infections in dogs. We will be describing the symptoms of this disease, how it is treated and diagnosed, and
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Cat Care & Behavior

August 22 is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! As a Certified Cat Friendly Practice, our team at West Loop Veterinary Care is committed to the health and well-being of our feline friends. We know that one of the most effective ways to make certain our cats are happy and healthy is to maintain a regular schedule of veterinary care for them. Although preventative care is important for both cats and dogs, it is especially important for cats. That’s because cats are so good at hiding illness and pain. A regular schedule of wellness visits can help detect any
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What Your Cat is Trying to Say: Cat Body Language in Chicago, IL

Have you ever wondered what your cat would say to you if they could talk? Many humans spend a lot of time wondering what’s going through the minds of their cats, and if you do this too, you’re not alone. But did you know that you can tell a lot about a cat’s thoughts by paying attention to their body language? In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the basics you need to know about your cat’s body language so you can understand their messages loud and clear. Tail Your cat’s tail is one of the most expressive
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6 Signs Your Pet Needs to See the Emergency Veterinarian in Chicago, IL

There are many instances in which a pet might need to see an emergency veterinarian. September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month, and part of responsible ownership is being aware of and prepared for situations that could constitute an emergency. Here are six common signs that your pet should visit West Loop Veterinary Care or a local 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital. Regardless of the situation, if you believe your pet is experiencing an emergency, seek immediate veterinary care. 1.      Difficulty Breathing Difficulty breathing is an emergency and requires immediate veterinary care. It can be caused by a variety of problems, including
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Microchips: Reunite with Lost Pets in Chicago and the West Loop

The statistics regarding lost pets are sobering. The American Humane Association estimates that more than 10 million dogs and cats are separated from their owners each year through theft or because they become lost. The American Kennel Club estimates that one out of three dogs will go missing from its family in its lifetime. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year. Unfortunately, not all of these pets are reunited with their human families. The best way to assure your pet is returned to you
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How to tell if your Dog Has Seasonal Allergies and Ways to Help in Chicago, IL

Spring, summer, and fall bring many seasonal allergies for pets. We’ll take a closer look at signs of allergies in dogs, and offer some tips on their prevention and treatment. Many seasonal allergy symptoms are similar to those of other conditions, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and know what you can do to help your dog and when you should see your veterinarian. Symptoms of Seasonal Dog Allergies Sneezing Sneezing is by far the most common symptom of seasonal allergies in dogs. However, dogs also sneeze for many other reasons—including part of their communication with each
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Separation Anxiety & Pets: What You Need to Know in Chicago, IL

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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