Did you know that cats can become pregnant as early as 4 months of age and have 3 litters per year while dogs can become pregnant as early as 5 months of age and have 2 litters per year?
10 Million animals enter shelters every year
4-6 Million of these animals are euthanized
90% of these animals are not spayed or neutered
Don't turn your nose up to your pet's bad breath!
Bad breath can be a serious health risk with potential damage not only to your pet's teeth and gums, but also their internal organs.
Bad breath is usually due to periodontal disease caused by bacteria and plaque buildup.
Periodontal disease is painful and requires professional dental cleaning.
Did you know that Illinois has a High Infection Risk for Lyme Disease?
In Tazewell County, 1 out of 21 dogs tested is positive for Lyme Disease.
When bitten by a tick, your dog can become infected with Borrelia burgdorderi which can cause;
- Swollen Joints
- Enlarged Lymph Nodes
- Lethargy, Depression, and Anorexia
- Kidney Failure
Did you know that every 1 out of 42 dogs in Tazewell county is infected with intestinal parasites?
And did you know that 1-3 million people in the U.S. are infected with the same parasites carried by their pets? Some of these infections lead to blindness, especially in children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.
Did you also know that every 1 out of 129 dogs in Tazewell county tests positive for Heartworms?
Intestinal parasites infect your pet when the walk and sniff around areas where other animals have defecated or when they eat wild animals, rodents, or birds. Heartworms infect your pet when they are bitten by a mosquito. Heartworm disease left untreated causes heart and/or lung failure and is fatal.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends that you keep your dog and cat on monthly heartworm / intestinal parasite prevention all year. In addition, the CAPC recommends that you have your pet's blood tested for heartworms once yearly and their stool tested for intestinal parasites at least two times yearly.
Pets really do age 6 to 8 times faster than people!
Therefore, a 7 year old pet is really 44 to 56 years of age and 10% of all pets brought to a veterinarian for a checkup have an underlying disease. Many of these pets appear normal on physical examination and their abnormalities would go undetected without a wellness screen – a blood test designed to detect these silent problems.
We can perform a simple in-house blood test that will check your pet’s:
Early detection of disease is key. Once a problem has been identified, we can make appropriate treatment recommendations at a point when treatment will make the most difference. Often, a simple diet change is all that’s needed to avoid major health problems.
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 pets will become lost during their lifetime? That's millions of lost pets every year!
Millions of pets enter animal shelters every year. These pets become lost from natural disasters, accidents, and even theft. Unfortunately, many of these pets have no form of identification.
Microchipping is a safe and effective means of providing lifetime identification for your pet. Thousands of microchipped pets are reunited with their owners every week!
Because we want to help prevent unwanted litters and pet overpopulation, we offer Spay / Neuter Awareness Month not only in January, but also in July every year!
Because we want to help prevent painful periodontal disease and subsequent health issues, we offer Pet Dental Health Month not only in February, but also in August every year!
Rabies is a major concern worldwide; 55,000 people die every year due to rabies. In the U.S., one to two people die every year.
What can you do? Vaccinate your pets and keep them away from wildlife that can spread the disease.
Rabies is 100% preventable!
There are a million good reasons to consider adopting a dog during National Adopt a Dog Month.
Each year, millions of animals waiting in shelters to find a safe, loving home never get adopted and are tragically euthanized.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from our local shelters. Our local shelters are the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at our shelters, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.
Because we want your pet to be healthy, we offer Pet Health Wellness Month not only in May, but also in November every year!
Arthritis affects millions of dogs and cats. It is a general term that is used to describe inflammation and pain in the joints.
Unfortunately, it is often difficult for owners to know that their pet is in pain until there is visible signs of pain such as:
- Slow or stiff to get up from a sitting or laying position
- Hesitant to jump or run
- Difficulty getting comfortable when laying down
Arthritis can be easily diagnosed and there are many treatment options!