We know that you want what’s best for your pet. Know that you’re doing a great job by just walking through South Town Animal Hospital’s doors. We understand that your pet is your family and proper healthcare is an integral part of caring for your pet. A very important area of managing your pet’s health care is to have them on year round heartworm prevention. Heartworm prevention provides safety for not only your pet, but for your entire family!
Often times we think that during the cold winter months our pets no longer need heartworm prevention. Illinois winter temperatures range from below freezing to above 50 degrees. Since, mosquitoes will come out to bite in 50 degree temperature it is important that your pet is on heartworm prevention. Melanie McLean, D.V.M., a veterinarian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that “You never know when the first mosquito is going to come out, or when the last mosquito is going to die. Heartworms have been reported in dogs in all 50 states, and just because you live in a state with a colder climate doesn’t mean that your animal is safe,”
Heartworm disease is increasing in the United States. According to the American Heartworm Society, positive heartworm cases have increased in veterinary hospitals 21% from between 2013-2016. This is due to climatic changes and the lack of year round heartworm prevention. Year round heartworm prevention is vital to the wellness of our pets!
The warmer weather not only brings out mosquitoes but also slushy muddy environments filled with other parasites. Roundworms, hookworms and other intestinal parasites that live in the soils can easily be ingested by your pet. Additionally, these creepy creatures can infest humans as well. Thankfully, year round heartworm prevention deworms your pets from these pesky parasites, keeping the entire family safe!
There are a few important things to remember about heartworm prevention:
To further discuss signs, symptoms, or prevention of heartworm disease please don’t hesitate to contact us at www.southtownhosp.wpengine.com or call us at 847-695-7387. A team member is always happy to walk you through any questions or concerns that you might have. Year round prevention is safer, easier, and more cost effective than the alternative. The best medicine for your pet is keeping your pet on monthly heartworm prevention throughout the whole year!
Pumpkin spice, ghouls, costumes and candy. Are a few things that October is known for. Pets can make our holidays more fun, but one must be careful of the dangers to them during Halloween season. One of the biggest threats is poisoning from candy. High amounts of sugar can cause severe gastric upset and diarrhea. Wrappers can cause obstructions in the intestines and possibly emergency surgery. Chocolate covered raisins are a double danger. Raisins and chocolate are both highly toxic to pets, and mixing them can cause double trouble. Another source for toxicity is the artificial sweetener xylitol. This is frequently found in sugar free gum. Xylitol can cause vomiting, difficulty walking, weakness, and lethargy. More severe side effects of xylitol poisoning can include collapse and seizures.
Keeping candy away from your pets is the best option – place high on shelves or away in a drawer where your pet cannot get to it is a safe way to prevent poisoning. If you believe your pet has ingested candy or other toxins, contact South Town Animal Hospital immediately. If you are unable to get to a veterinarian, or are unsure if what your pet ate is even toxic, the Pet Poison Helpline is always available. You can call (800)-213-6680 for a service fee of $59 per phone call and advice from an expert including follow – up consultations.
Other worries with the Halloween season are risks of your pet ingesting something they think is a toy. With decorations around, there are many things that your pet can play with and accidently ingest. Beware of the fake spider web material as that is not only a risk for birds and other critters outside getting caught in, but it’s something your pet may want to eat. This material can get lodged and cause a blockage in the intestines which is very dangerous. Keep decorations away from animals and if you believe your pet ingested something they shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian immediately. An obstruction can be very dangerous to your pet and action will need to be taken as soon as possible to avoid a possibly fatal situation.
We want you to enjoy the spooky season with your pet and for everyone to remain safe. Taking precautions to avoid harmful situations is the best route to have a Happy Halloween.
Spring is upon us and with it comes allergy season. Humans aren’t the only ones who get allergies. Our pets can too. As our environment has changed and foods are processed, luckily allergies can be managed a few different ways. We can walk you through how to manage your pet allergies and how to choose the right treatment for your and your pet.
What are the signs of allergies?
What could my pet be allergic to?
Some common allergens include, but are not limited to:
What should I do if I think my dog is allergic to something?
The first step is to consult your veterinarian for treatment. They will help you determine if it’s an allergy or another condition such as fleas, mites, or some type of infection. Determining if it is an allergy helps to know whether or not medication or a lifestyle change is needed. There is a possibility it can be something as simple as a examining your pets diet. Managing the itch can be a case by case scenario. When you bring your pet in for an exam diagnostics may be needed. Treatment options can range from antihistamines, injections, prescription medication and/or specialty food.
What should I do if I think my cat is allergic to something?
Cats too can develop allergies just like dogs and people. Our feline friends metabolize medications different than dogs, but there are treatment options which range anywhere from non allergen food to antihistamines and/or medications. Our veterinarians are here for you to discuss safe treatments. Cats can also develop symptoms such as gum disease and bladder infections that can be linked to allergies.
Treatment options –
South Town Animal Hospital provides multiple allergy treatment options:
Cytopoint is an allergy treatment in the form of an injection. It typically offers 4-8 weeks of relief from allergy symptoms, and offers a chance for the skin to heal from any sores developed due to allergies.
Apoquel is an allergy treatment in the form of a oral tablet. It can relieve itching within 4 hours and effectively controls itching within 24 hours. The oral tablet is taken daily to control allergy symptoms.
Standard Process has a supplement that boosts the immune system. This all natural product is an oral tablet given daily to aid the immune system and the body’s normal detoxification mechanisms.
Atarax (Hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms such as skin issues. It is an oral tablet that helps relieve skin lesions.
These are just a few options that we have to treat allergy issues. There are other treatment options depending on the diagnosis. Allergies can be a frustrating condition. At times managing the itching and medicals conditions can be difficult. Let South Town Animal Hospital help ease your pets discomfort so you and your family can get a good night sleep.
This is the time of year where we truly count our blessings. We spend time with our families and surround ourselves with the ones we love, including our fur babies. Some pets are not so fortunate. That is why we are always thankful that there are organizations like Anderson Animal Shelter to take care of those pets in need. They give a warm bed and a bowl of food to any hungry pet that walks through their doors. That is why we want to support organizations like Anderson Animal Shelter in our community by making a monetary donation to assist in the needs of the shelter on behalf of our clients and their pets. We are blessed that Anderson Animal Shelter is here to help those in need. If you are interested in checking out all that Anderson Animal Shelter does for the community please stop by any of their three facilities or check out their website at http://www.andersonanimalshelter.org . The animals at Anderson Animal Shelter will thank you with warm kisses and belly rubs! Happy Holidays to all!
Important Things to Do After Adopting Your Pet!
Giving the Care Your Newly-Adopted Pet Needs
Just adopted a pet? Congratulations! This is a very exciting time! The adoption process is more than exciting, as it is a life-changing experience for both you and your new best friend! Many emotions that are experienced during the adoption process can be quite overwhelming. In addition to the emotions that you are feeling, your adopted pal will be feeling a variety of emotions, too. He may be scared at first. There will be a lot of new things that he will experience upon his/her adoption. From the adoption center to your home, here’s a list of important “to-do’s”!
The Ride Home
This might be your new pet’s first time riding in a car. Any new noises and unfamiliar movements may be intimidating. Try to keep the ride home as short as possible, avoiding any extra stops. Loud music may make him/her even more nervous. Keeping a quiet, calm, and reassuring environment will make him feel more at ease. In addition, insure a comfortable temperature and that there are no unfriendly odors in the vehicle.
Also, it is critical to have a safe transport crate for your new feline or canine. Dogs may do well in a wire crate in the back of your vehicle. Pet stores also now have doggy seat belts that attach to your pets leash. As for your new cat, a enclosed carrier is critical for safe travels. Felines typically are not accustom to car travel so your new pet is sensitive to sights, sounds, and smells. Even placing a towel over your carrier to create a darker environment is recommended. If you are conscious about these factors your pet is sure to have a more enjoyable ride to their new home.
The New Home
You’ve just arrived home. It is such an exciting feeling to be with the new addition to your family! Your new pet might be feeling similar emotions, yet this is also a good possibility that they feel nervous and scared. There are a few things your family should do help your new buddy acclimate to his/her surroundings. With both dogs and cats make sure you have all the necessary equipment ready before you get home. You will need treats, food, toys, and bowls ready to go. It is recommended that a dog has a crate that has a designated area not only for training purposes, but it will also be a nice safe place for your new pup. The crate should be the height of your pet sitting up straight and the length of your pet laying down comfortably.
Cats need safe places too. It is vital for felines to have higher places to get away if need be. Cat trees are a great choice to ensure that they have a high place that they can find comfort in while checking out their new place. In addition, when you initially bring your new kitty home it is also doctor recommended that you find a smaller room to keep him/her in with his or her litter box and food. When you first introduce a cat into a new environment, especially a small kitten, they may get lost in a great big place. Introducing them slowly will ensure that he/she knows where their potty is and will get him/her off to a great start!
Within a week of bringing your new pet home, it is recommended that you make an appointment for him/her with your veterinarian. At his/her first veterinary visit, they will be examined from head-to-tail. The doctors will check for any issues and abnormalities. They are ready and willing to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. If it helps, write down the topics that you need to discuss. Having a new pet is a lot like having a new child, and there are so many topics to think about. It may become overwhelming. Writing down your questions will help us cover everything that is on your mind.
Our staff will also confirm that he/she is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. If it is a young animal, like children, there are many vaccines that might need boosting. Also there are immunizations that the animal shelter may not offer. South Town Animal hospital tailors vaccine protocols to fit your pet’s needs and lifestyle. There may be additional protection that is needed and will be discussed at the time of this exam.
At this appointment your pet will also begin monthly heartworm medication and flea and tick protection. You will receive a complimentary first time dose, along with a puppy/kitten pack that is filled with essential information to get this commitment started on the right foot. The pack contains vaccine information, trainer business cards, emergency information, and much much more. South Town Animal Hospital staff wants your pet to have the best start in their new home!
Lastly, it is vital to bring in a stool sample to check for intestinal parasites. Starting on heartworm preventatives assist in intestinal parasite control, but checking that stool sample ensures safety for not only your new pet, but your family, and yourself. There are many intestinal parasites that can be transmitted from animal to human. Lots of times new pets come home and need additional dewormers to get that clean bill of health.
A healthy lifestyle begins with the best, high quality veterinary health care! Our educated staff is ready and waiting to answer any questions and give the best medical advice that you may need to welcoming your new family member into your home! Please look below at the services our hospital has to offer. You can always pop on by for a tour, give us a call, or shoot us an email with any questions you might have. We are proud to serve our community in treating our furry loved ones!
South Town Animal Hospital- Offers the Following Services
Medical & Preventive Health
Call to schedule today! We are always waiting to lend an ear and answer any questions you have!
Does My Pet Have Storm-Anxiety?
Have you noticed that your pet acts differently when there’s a storm outside? Anxiety can affect your pet in a variety of ways. How do you know if your pet has storm-anxiety? We are here to tell you all about it!
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety occurs when your pet is fearful, or preoccupied, with worried thoughts from a perceived unknown origin. There are many things that may cause your pet to feel uneasy when it comes to certain situations or experiences. Storms can be a major factor in your pets stress.
Does Your Pet Display These Top Signs of Storm-Anxiety?
Treating Storm-Anxiety in Your Pet
There are ways to limit the anxious feelings that your pet may be experiencing during weather conditions. The key to reducing anxiety is by creating comfortable feelings which bring a sense of security within your pet. Every pet responds differently when it comes to frightening situations; therefore, your pet’s anxiety treatment will be designed to meet her/his exact needs!
Try These Calming Techniques
Make a safe room– Create a comfy, cozy room for your pet by gathering up her/his favorite things. Place their favorite blanket and toys in the area she likes the most, keep a nightlight on, and play some calming noise in the background. You can either leave the TV on or play music for your pet. Soft, gentle, soothing sounds, along with her familiar toys and blankets will help her/his feel more at-ease, safe, and secure.
Pheromones– Pheromones are calming to both cats and dogs. A pheromone is a chemical substance that is naturally released by pets. Dogs and cats release certain calming pheromones when they are relaxed, and when those pheromones are released- they will perceive a comfortable environment. There are topical pheromone products and pheromone diffusers, made specifically for cats and dogs, that can provide a safe, calming sense of comfort. South Town Animal Hospital does carry dog and cat pheromone products.
What Can I Do For My Pet?
Scheduling an appointment with your Veterinarian is recommended. An examination can help rule out any other health concerns that may be causing anxiety. South Town Animal Hospital offers a specific behavior assessment to help address the signs of anxiety and behavioral disorders, which can be very beneficial in developing a plan to help address the very specific needs of your pet. In addition to offering a behavior assessment, we also provide our patients with calming pheromones used aromatically and topically, practice lower-stress handling techniques, and prescribe anti-anxiety medication when necessary.
Call us at (847) 695-7387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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