5 Summer Safety Tips to Keep Your Pet from Feeling Hot-Hot-Hot

Summer is a great time to get outside and have some fun in the sun with our furry friends, but doing so without preparing your pet for the heat can be extremely dangerous for them. If you plan on spending the day outside with your pet this summer, make sure to take these precautions to have a safe and enjoyable time! Load Up on Pet SPF (Summer Protection Factors) Pets often don’t wear sunscreen like we do, but there are plenty of things you can do as an owner to make sure they’re protected from anything harmful that the summer
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5 Ways Your Best Friend is Your Ultimate Stress Reliever

When you think of ways to relieve stress and take a mental health break, what comes to mind? For most, you probably think of things like exercise, reading, journaling, or meditation. Those are all great, but did you know that your pets could also be one of the best stress relievers? As a result of the pandemic that we have been working through the last couple of years, many experts have found a rise in depression and anxiety to be an underlying crisis. In fact, more than a third of Americans have reported symptoms related to depression and anxiety, many
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Pawsome Workouts to do with Your Pet

Staying motivated and consistent can be hard when starting your fitness journey, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Your furry friend can be part of your workout routine as well! Not only is this a great way to get fit, but it’s also a pawsome opportunity for you and your pet to bond! Petoga Yoga is the purrfect exercise to help you relax and relieve any stress or tension you might have. Along with the health benefits, you’ll get to bond with your pet as you unwind from your busy work week. When it comes to keeping
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Travel Ideas “Fur” You and Your Pet

With winter coming to an end and warmer weather starting to make its way back, it’s time to get to work on those spring break plans this year! Although we are still dealing with a few COVID-19 restrictions, we have the benefit of being able to plan around it this year! There are many ways to make this year’s spring break a memorable one for both you and your furry best friend. Hit the Road Get those travel playlists ready and prepare for a drive! Car rides are a great way to travel with your pet. Life is a Highway
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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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