The Wonderful Ways Animals Help Kids with Disabilities

Pets help kids with disabilities in so many ways.

It’s no secret that children are naturally drawn to animals. As depicted in thousands of beloved children’s books, cartoons, and movies, the family pet often serves as confidant, playmate, and best friend to the youngest members of the household.

That’s why it should come as no surprise that animals help kids with disabilities in countless ways. At Naperville Animal Hospital, the pet experts are constantly in awe of this special relationship, and we’d love to share more about this amazing bond.

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Getting to the Root of Periodontal Disease in Pets

periodontal diseaseThe American Veterinary Dental College estimates that periodontal disease is the most common condition seen in adult dogs and cats today. Studies report that by the time a dog or cat is 4 years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. That’s a scary statistic! Fortunately, this common condition is completely preventable.

What is periodontal disease in pets, and more importantly, how can you and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital prevent this problem from affecting your pet? Below, we’ll lift the lip on periodontal disease in pets, and give you our recommendations for care.

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Therapeutic Veterinary Laser Therapy: On the Cutting Edge

laserdog2 (1)The use of lasers to treat a wide variety of conditions is nothing new in human medicine, but in veterinary medicine we are just starting to realize its power. This relatively new treatment modality is just one more way we are bringing the forefront of veterinary medicine to our patients at Naperville Animal Hospital.

 

 What Is Laser Therapy?

Therapeutic laser, or “cold” laser therapy uses a focused light beam to deliver light energy (or photons) to a specific area of the body.

How Laser Therapy Works

Photons are able to act directly on the cells in the target tissue. The photons are absorbed into the cell and converted into cellular energy, which stimulates the cells to produce a variety of proteins and increases cell metabolism. This results in healthier, better functioning cells. Pets that Continue…

The Veterinary Technician: Caring for Your Pet

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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!

 

How To Prepare for a Visit to the Vet

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We are sure that you have expectations of us when you come to visit. Of course you would like our hospital to be a safe and friendly environment. You expect a clean facility and personal attention. Our clients want to receive the highest quality care and have their pets treated utilizing cutting-edge medical techniques. Did you know, though, that we have expectations of you as well? Continue…

Cancer in Pets: Know Your Enemy

November was Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and although we’re now into December, we wanted to be sure to address this important topic.

The good news:  Our pets are living longer than ever thanks to advances in medicine and better overall standards for care.  The bad news:  Just like in people, the longer a pet lives the more likely it is to be affected by cancer.  In fact 1 in 4 pets will die of cancer.  But all hope is not lost.  By following these tips you can help catch problems in your pet early as well as take actions to try to minimize the risks of your pet developing cancer.

  • Keep those appointments.  Annual or semi-annual vet visits allow us to perform a thorough examination and lab work as well as time for us to discuss any new concerns that you might have.  These visits are an important step in stopping cancer in its tracks.
  • Know your breed.  Did you know that certain breeds of dogs and cats are more prone to certain types of cancers?  While any breed can develop any kind of cancer, knowing what body systems would most likely be affected can tip you off to problems early on in the process.  General signs of a problem can include weight loss or behavior changes, among other things.
  • If it’s bad for you it’s bad for your pet.  Substances that are known to cause cancer in people likely can lead to cancer in our pets- think cigarette smoke, asbestos, and herbicides.  As if you needed another good reason to give up smoking!
  • Spay or neuter!  Spaying your dog or cat greatly reduces her risk of mammary cancer (among other health issues) and a pet that is neutered can’t get testicular cancer!
  • What’s good for the goose…  We’ve all heard it a million times over.  Eat right and exercise.  Good quality nutrition and a healthy weight are important factors in reducing cancer risk.

While cancer is a formidable foe, it is not unbeatable.  By working with us as a team, you can help identify problems early, making your pet’s prognosis much more favorable.