Archive for the ‘Pet Care’ Category

Involving Kids in Pet Care

Friday, March 28th, 2014

they all like milkFor many parents, watching the bond that our children share with our family pets is priceless. But for many parents, pet ownership creates an unparalleled learning opportunity, too. Involving kids in pet care can teach children of all ages the lessons of responsibility, compassion, health care, and decision-making.

Whether you’re a parent that is just starting to test the waters of involving your kids in pet care, or the parent of an older child looking to increase his or her pet care responsibilities, the following tasks are worthy of your consideration as you plan for your child’s responsibilities in caring for your family pet.

Daily Pet Care

While not every task is appropriate for every age, there are daily activities that all children can be a part of, even if it’s just talking to them about (more…)

The Veterinary Technician: Caring for Your Pet

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Naperville

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Did you realize that, besides your veterinarian, there is another important member of your pet’s health care team that does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work? Veterinary technicians are an integral part of your pet’s care, and they deserve to be recognized.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has proclaimed the third week in October to be National Veterinary Technician Week, and we are proud to celebrate this week.

“Technicians are an integral part of the veterinary healthcare team, and celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week gives them the credit they deserve. It also provides an opportunity to teach the public about what veterinary technicians do on a daily basis,” said Sandy Sponaugle, NAVTA Communications Director.

This week helps us to recognize veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare.

What is a vet tech?

Veterinary technicians are highly trained and dedicated members of the veterinary team. Having completed a degree in veterinary technology as well as passing a national board examination and maintaining continuing education requirements, vet techs are also very educated.

What does a vet tech do?

We consider our veterinary technicians to be the backbone of our practice. They are a huge part of providing the best care possible to your pets. They are responsible for the care and nursing of sick or injured patients, performing laboratory testing, taking radiographs (X-rays), assisting with anesthesia, administering medications and therapies to patients, and performing dental cleanings. They are also hugely involved in the education of pet owners on various topics.

Needless to say, our veterinary technicians play a tremendous role in the day-to-day functioning of our veterinary practice. They are an essential part of keeping the hospital running smoothly and are very important in caring for the pets that enter our doors.

Thank you to our veterinary technicians insert names here. We don’t know what we would do without you!

 

Preventative Pet Care Plans Have Arrived

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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Naperville Animal Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of our in-house Preventative Care Plans. We believe that preventative care not only improves the quality of your pet’s life, but may also extend it. (more…)

Tick Talk

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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This time of year it is not uncommon to find many pet owners enjoying the great outdoors with their pets. But if the proper preventatives are not being used to protect your dog, what can begin as a great day in nature can end up being a tick-infested nightmare. (more…)

The Scoop on Poop: Fecal Testing and Your Pet

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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It’s time for your pet’s annual examination. When you call to make the appointment, the receptionist reminds you to bring in a stool sample. Easy enough. But what on Earth are they looking for? How important is it really? (more…)

Feeling Frisky: It’s Time for Your Pet’s New Summer ‘Do’

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Summer is here at last and it’s finally time for some summertime fun. For some that means hitting the park for a quick game of fetch, while for others it’s a night on the prowl. (more…)

Poodle with a Mohawk: Dog Grooming with Style and Service

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

 

Grooming Blue FurWith Spring on its way,  shedding season is upon us. That means the time has come to schedule your pooch for his or her Spring-cleaning. Even if you have your pet on a regular grooming schedule, the time is perfect to freshen up your pet’s look with a new do or a fun flourish of color or scent.

Just like us, pets love to be pampered. A day at the spa can be just as rejuvenating for your pooch as it is for you. Add in a fresh new look and a jaunty little bow or bandana and you’ll notice a spring in your pup’s step that lets you know he or she is feeling frisky.  (more…)

PUPPY TRAINING: IS IT IMPORTANT?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Puppies ready for training

With spring well on its way, everyone—human and animal alike—is looking to get outdoors and play. After being cooped up all winter, the sunshine and warm weather are irresistible. It’s only natural that you want to take your puppy out for a run or a game of fetch at the local dog park.

Without proper obedience training though, your day in the sun can quickly turn into a power struggle between you and your pooch. (more…)

Diagnostic Screening for Your Pet: Early Warning System for Disease

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

 

Screening blood1 iStock_000004528468XSmallHave you ever had a diagnostic screening test? You know, when your doctor insists on checking your cholesterol levels, taking your blood pressure, or testing for glaucoma–even though you feel perfectly healthy?

Screening tests are a common strategy used to identify those who have a certain condition or disease even though they are not necessarily exhibiting symptoms.

These diagnostic screening tests are a powerful tool in both human and veterinary medicine, as many diseases respond better to treatment when they are caught early in their course. Many of the tests also provide valuable wellness information that allows your vet to make recommendations for diet or lifestyle to maintain wellness. (more…)

The Anatomy of Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

 

Dental care is an important part of proper care for your dog or cat.  Having your veterinarian do a quick inspection during your pet’s routine wellness exams is good.  Providing home dental care as instructed by your veterinarian is important, but your furry friends need periodic dental cleanings to keep their mouths healthy. In fact, by the ripe old age of three, most pets have some dental disease.

What happens during a professional dental procedure for your pet?

  • Anesthesia.  There are no bones about it; a proper, thorough cleaning cannot take place without general anesthesia.  This allows the veterinarian to thoroughly examine your pet’s mouth, take dental x-rays if indicated, and perform an in-depth cleaning.  Your pet’s history and current physical condition will be taken into account when developing an anesthetic plan, allowing for the safest anesthetic experience possible.
  • Examination.   Once your dog or cat is safely anesthetized, a detailed examination of his or her mouth takes place.  Any problems are documented and a plan is formulated to address them.
  • Ultrasonic and hand scaling.  The dental plaque and tartar that cause periodontal disease is removed from all sides of the tooth and under the gum line.
  • Polishing.  To keep your pet’s whites pearly, the teeth are polished after scaling in order to smooth the tooth’s surface, slowing the deposition of further plaque and tartar.
  • Problem solving.  Your pet may have teeth that need to be extracted or need other procedures in order to address any issues that are identified. Your veterinarian will identify any issues and explain your options.
  • Putting together a game plan.  Your veterinarian will determine a plan for resolving any immediate issues and for better maintaining  your pet’s dental health down the road.

All pets need routine, professional dental cleanings.  Make it a priority this year to provide your special dog or cat with this basic care.  Speak with your veterinarian about when your pet should have a dental cleaning and what you should be doing at home to enhance his or her dental health.

Take advantage of our February 20% discount on dental cleanings in celebration of National Pet Dental Health Month. Phone now to book an appointment while this is on your mind:  (630) 355-5300