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K-Laser – A Drug Free, Surgery-Free Solution

K-Laser – A Drug Free, Surgery-Free Solution

K-Laser – Because it hurts to see our pets hurting

Pets suffering from osteoarthritis, joint pain, tendinitis, muscle strains, puncture wounds may find relief with K-Laser therapy. Our veterinarians are specialty trained in laser therapy, and will screen your pets to determine if they’ll benefit from this therapy.

What is Laser Therapy?

Class IV K-Lasers deliver specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body.  Some benefits are increased circulation, decreased swelling, pain relief and tissue repair. During treatment, infrared laser light interacts with tissue at the cellular level. Increased metabolic activity transports nutrients across the cell membrane.  This promotes the healing process and reduces pain.

It’s been used in Europe since the 1970’s, and the US Food & Drug Administration cleared it in 2002. Thousands of veterinarians prefer it to surgical options.

Additional Therapeutic Effects

The painless application of laser waves draw oxygen to the affected area, and therefore it creates an optimum healing environment. It also reduces inflammation and muscle spasm. As the injured area returns to normal, your pet returns to normal levels of activity and energy.  You’ll notice relief from stiffness and pain, and you’ll see increased in play, if you pet is playful.  If you have questions about the process, we’ll explain every step. Laser therapy was featured on ABC; see the video here.

How Long Before the Results are Noticed?

Some pets feel improvement after the first treatment, however others may require multiple treatments. Each session is cumulative, and results may not be achieved for 3 or 4 visits. It depends on the condition treated.  We don’t use K-Laser alone, instead, it’s part of a holistic treatment plan for overall health.  Your veterinarian may prescribe physical therapy, exercise, electrotherapy or massage to help improve mobilization.

Treatment requires no sedation or restraint, and our team keeps your pet comfortable and relaxed.  Over the many cases we’ve treated, we’ve rarely seen side effects reported. Occasionally, laser therapy aggravates some old injuries or pain syndromes briefly.  If you make an appointment to learn more, we won’t rush you to a decision.  Instead, we’ll help you select the best options for your pet’s health.  Call today.

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

In the new age of millennials with high-tech gizmos and social media, children tend to snuggle up with either their phones, tablets, PCs or laptops and forget that there is a world out there, a real one. This is the time family dogs, or pets, or family members, however you put it, play a major role.

Engaging children through the love of a dog

Parents have an excuse to bond with their children through their dogs. They can teach responsibility by feeding, bathing, and walking the dog. And most importantly, children at a very young age will not get addicted to the cyber-world, as many these days are. They will get to live their lives, as it should be, beside their four-legged buddies.

This is one of most obvious benefits of raising children while having pet dogs at home, which does not only improve the family’s physical well-being but also encourages a healthy fitness routine. Most family members get to stay active, because all, if not most, dogs need exercise. This is one way to also boost the immunity of children, allowing them not to miss out in school because they are sick.

Supporting balance and well-being through dogs

Studies have, in fact, shown that children who are raised while having pet dogs at home develop a lower risk of developing eczema, compared with those raised without any pet at home. So there are no more excuses for your kids missing out in school, as they are fully fit mentally and physically.

Then, there is the issue of stress. Having dogs at home allows not just children but also parents to relieve tension that has been contained all day long. Seeing those furry little buddies wagging their tail, tongue out, and willing to be belly-rubbed just melts all the stress away.

Don’t forget to check out the very colorful and informative graphic below and be motivated more to raise your children loving and caring for those little furry buddies.

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

Heartworm in Dogs

Heartworm in Dogs

Recommendations for heartworm are specific to your dog family

When and how often dogs should be tested for heartworm infection is a matter of debate. In making the decision on when to test, we consider how common heartworm disease is where your live, and what heartworm preventive care your dogs currently receive.  We also consider your pets’ environment and the mosquito season in Chicago.

Heartworm in Dogs

34787894The American Heartworm Society (AHS) suggests all adult dogs be tested at the time a heartworm preventive is started.  Then, your dogs should be tested annually for heartworm infection. In the past, if a dog had been on preventive methods routinely, it was not considered necessary to test every year. Instead, AHS called for testing only every two to three years. However, when reports showed an increase in animals contracting the disease, AHS made a change. Now, they recommend a more aggressive testing routine.

We also find it can be difficult to document when an animal hasn’t been checked in three years. Therefore, annual testing ensures that infection is caught in plenty of time to manage it effectively.

Control of Intestinal Parasites

Keeping your scheduled annual exam is a gift to your dog. As with vaccinations and heartworm testing, you’ll find different opinions on when or if fecal examinations should be performed. You’ll hear a wide variety of advice on when or if cats should receive regular deworming.  Our recommendations are based on circumstances as follows.

  • The age of your pet
  • Likelihood your pets have been exposed to feces from other animals
  • Evidence your pet suffers from fleas
  • Whether your breed is a hunting breed
  • The kind of preventive, if any your pet currently receives
  • A history of infection
  • Your breeding plans
  • How your children interact with your pets

Considerations for Puppies

Initiate treatment at 2 weeks; repeat at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age, and then put on a monthly heartworm preventive that also controls intestinal parasites. Using a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product decreases the risk of parasites. If not using such a product, worm at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age and then monthly until 6 months of age.

Nursing Dams – We treat at the same time as puppies

Managing Adult Dogs

If on a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product, have a fecal test performed 1-2 times per year and treat appropriately. If not on a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product, have a fecal test performed 2-4 times per year and treat appropriately. Also, monitor and eliminate parasites in pet’s environment.

1759020Newly Acquired Dogs and Puppies

Auburn Animal Hospital Family believes in deworming immediately, after 2 weeks, and then following the above recommendations. We recommend new pet owners obtain the history of deworming of their pets and contact us to determine if additional treatment is needed.

Roundworms and hookworms of your pet can cause serious disease in people, especially children who may not have good hygiene habits.  Treating them for worms is important for your pet’s health as well as your family’s.  Visit us to get detailed directions on how to manage the pets you love.

We strongly advise owners to make sure your pets have an annual fecal examination performed. Fecal examinations are advantageous. They reveal immediately whether your cat has intestinal parasites. If so, you may need to change their environment and access to other animals. You will also know what type of parasites are present. In that case, the proper medication will be selected to kill all of them at once.

A visit to Auburn will save you time, money and the stress of caring for your pet alone. With thanks to Pet Education.com

Heartworm and Intestinal Parasites

Heartworm and Intestinal Parasites

Recommendations for heartworm are specific to your pet family

When and how often pets should be tested for heartworm infection is a matter of debate. In making a decision on when to test, we consider how common heartworm disease is where your pets live, and what heartworm preventive pets currently receive.  We also consider your pets’ environment and the mosquito season in Chicago.

Heartworm in Dogs

The American Heartworm Society (AHS) suggests all adult dogs be tested at the time a heartworm preventive is started.  Then, your dogs should be tested annually for heartworm infection. In the past, if a dog had been on preventive methods routinely, it was not considered necessary to test every year.  Instead, AHS called for testing only every two to three years.  However, when reports showed an increase in animals contracting the disease, AHS made a change.  Now, they recommend a more aggressive testing routine.

We also find it can be difficult to document when an animal hasn’t been checked in three years. Therefore, annual testing ensures that infection is caught in plenty of time to manage it effectively.

Heartworm in Cats

Cats should be tested before they are started on a heartworm preventive. Experts do not agree on how often a cat that is taking a preventive should be tested, however, it would be based on risk of exposure and consistency of administering preventives.  Our experienced veterinary team can weigh all the considerations for your particular pet, and help you decide what is best for your pet.

Control of Intestinal Parasites

Keeping your scheduled annual exam is a gift to your dog.As with vaccinations and heartworm testing, you’ll find different opinions on when or if fecal examinations should be performed. You’ll hear a wide variety of advice on when or if dogs and cats should receive regular “dewormings.” Our recommendations on testing and worming will be on circumstances such as below.

  • The age of your pet
  • Likelihood your pets have been exposed to feces from other animals
  • Evidence your pet suffers from fleas
  • Whether your breed is a hunting breed
  • The kind of preventive, if any your pet currently receives
  • A history of infection
  • Your breeding plans
  • How your children interact with your pets

Regular deworming is recommended by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC).

Considerations for Kittens

Because prenatal infections do not occur in kittens, initiate treatment at 3 weeks; repeat at 5, 7, and 9 weeks of age, and then put on a monthly heartworm preventive that also controls intestinal parasites. Using a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product decreases the risk of parasites.

Considerations for Puppies

Initiate treatment at 2 weeks; repeat at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age, and then put on a monthly heartworm preventive that also controls intestinal parasites. Using a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product decreases the risk of parasites. If not using such a product, worm at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age and then monthly until 6 months of age.

Nursing Dams – We treat at the same time as kittens and puppies

Managing Adult Cats and Dogs

If on a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product, have a fecal test performed 1-2 times per year and treat appropriately. If not on a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product, have a fecal test performed 2-4 times per year and treat appropriately. Also monitor and eliminate parasites in pet’s environment.

Newly Acquired Animals

Auburn Animal Hospital Family 2Worm immediately, after 2 weeks, and then follow above recommendations.  We recommend new pet owners obtain the “deworming” history of their pets and contact us to determine if additional treatment is needed.

Roundworms and hookworms of your pet can cause serious disease in people, especially children who may not have good hygiene habits.  Treating them for worms is important for your pet’s health as well as your family’s.  Visit us to get detailed directions on how to manage your special pets.

We strongly advise owners to make sure your pets have an annual fecal examination performed. Fecal examinations are advantageous. By having a fecal examination performed, you will know if your pet has intestinal parasites. If so, you may need to change their environment and access to other animals. You will also know what type of parasites are present. In that case, the proper medication will be selected to kill all of them at once.

A visit to Auburn will save you time, money and the stress of caring for your pet alone.  With thanks to Pet Education.com

Vaccinations for Dogs

Vaccinations for Dogs

How often should my dogs receive vaccinations?

You may have heard the current controversies regarding vaccinations for dogs and cats.  Some researchers believe we do not need to vaccinate annually for diseases. But how often we prescribe vaccinations for each specific disease in adult animals has not yet been determined. We do not know how long the protection from a vaccine lasts.  It may be 5 years for one disease and 3 years for another. Still others may linger in the blood stream less than 2 years.

Almost all researchers agree that for puppies, we need to continue at least three combinations of vaccination and repeat these at one year of age.  They also agree that rabies vaccinations must continue to be given. We require vaccinations for all pets scheduled for grooming to keep our pet family safe.  Since viruses and disease are easily passed from pet to pet during grooming, we consider it one of our most important safety measures.

Grooming at Auburn Animal HospitalAgainst what diseases do vaccinations protect?

Experts agree that the core vaccines for dogs include distemper, canine adenovirus-2 (hepatitis and respiratory disease), canine parvovirus-2, and rabies.

Noncore vaccines include leptospirosis, coronavirus, canine parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica (both are causes of ‘kennel cough’). Other vaccines include Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme Disease). Based on the breed of your pet, we’ll help you to select the proper vaccines for your puppies or kittens.

Researchers at some veterinary schools suggest alternating vaccinations in dogs from year to year. Instead of using combination vaccines (vaccines against more than one disease), they recommend using vaccines with only one component, e.g., a vaccine that only contains parvovirus.  So, one year your dog would be vaccinated against distemper, the next year against canine adenovirus-2, and the third year against parvovirus. Then the cycle repeats.

On the other hand, other researchers believe we don’t have enough information to recommend vaccinating only every 3 years. As with cat vaccines, manufacturers of dog vaccines have not changed their labeling which recommends annual vaccinations. Again, each dog owner must make an informed choice of when to vaccinate, and with what.

Discuss your concerns with our veterinary team.  We’ll help you make the best decision for your breed.

Annual Exams for Your Pet

Annual Exams for Your Pet

Why are annual exams so important?

Just as physical exams are recommended for humans, they are recommended for our pets as well.  If your cat or dog is older or has medical problems, they may need even more frequent examinations. Read more about health screenings for your older pet here.

A year is a long time in a pet’s life.  Between exams, many factors may cause a change in your pet’s health status.  Assuming our pets will live to their early teens, they will only have about thirteen annual exams in a lifetime. That is not very many when you think about it. We may uncover a hidden health threat.  However, for the cost savings in early detection, an annual exam can save you money.

Annual Exams ensure your pets' health and long lifeDuring your annual exams, we’ll review these aspects of their health with you:

Vaccination status – there are more environmental threats to your pet’s health than ever before, and timely vaccinations are one of the most reliable ways to avoid future problems.  We’ll explain the most common threats during your annual exams.

Parasite control for intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, mites, and heartworms

Dental health – we’ll review the care you give at home; any mouth odors, pain, or other signs of disease you may have observed

Nutrition – including what your pets eat, how often, what supplements and treats are given, and changes in water consumption, weight, or appetite

Exercise – how much exercise your pet receives including how often and what kind; and any changes in your pet’s ability to exercise is one of the most important discussions we’ll have during your annual exams

Ears and Eyes – any discharge, redness, or itching

Stomach and intestines – any vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, belching, or abnormal stools

Breathing – any coughing, shortness of breath, sneezing, or nasal discharge

Behavior – any behavior problems such as barking, ‘accidents,’ or changes in temperament

Feet and legs – any limping, weakness, toenail problems

Coat and skin – any hair loss, pigment changes, lumps, itchy spots, shedding, mats, oranal sac problems

Urogenital – any discharges, heats, changes in mammary glands, urination difficulties or changes, neutering if it has not already been performed

Blood tests – especially for geriatric dogs, those with medical problems, and those who are receiving medications

Healthy Pet Care

Healthy Pet Care

Your healthy pet needs care, too.

At Auburn, we understand. You and your family want to enjoy a healthy pet as long as you possibly can.  After all, your pets are active, loving members of your family.  Pets also have biological systems as complex as our own.  That’s why it’s so important to have a relationship with a caring veterinarian, one who offers as much concern as they do veterinary science expertise.

Your knowledge of your pet’s warning signals is the key to avoiding serious problems in the future. So, we make sure you’re learning more with every visit.

We offer a full range of healthy pet services, including affordable wellness care plans and packages to keep your pet healthier longer.  We love your pets almost as much as you do.  You’ll always get a warm welcome at Auburn, and in no time at all you’ll find your whole family is comfortable and knowledgeable about the health of your pets.

Healthy pet care includes attention to the following.

  • Full system physical examinations
  • Vaccinations
  • Neutering and spays
  • Flea and parasite protection
  • Preventative blood panel
  • Heart worm test and urinalysis
  • Allergy care

Learn more about our annual physicals here.

Digital X-Ray

Digital X-Ray

We have the latest technology in veterinary imaging

Digital radiology is state of the art technology that provides quicker, clearer and safer x-ray imaging.  We’re one of the few veterinary hospitals that offer this advanced service.  Radiographs or x-rays help us evaluate the size and shape of the internal organs in the chest and abdomen of your pet.  Digital x-rays also help us evaluate the skeletal structure.  If you suspect your pet may have ingested a foreign object, timely digital radiology could be the difference between life and death.  Because of digital x-ray, Auburn veterinarians run accurate tests in less time. This reduces radiation exposure and discomfort to your pet.  We’re sensitive to keep your pet as relaxed as possible during the exam, and we’ll keep you informed as well.

Digital x-ray can uncover hidden problems

We have a combined 50 years of experience among our veterinarian team.  We can often recognize life-threatening illnesses that may have gone undetected before your visit.  Pets can’t always tell us when they’re hurting.  Digital x-ray gives us the key information we need to keep your pet healthier longer.

Our staff is trained in advanced procedures, including pneumocystogram (air contrast study of the bladder),  barium administration and study, and skull and nasal studies.

Grooming Services

Grooming Services

We offer full-service grooming, including general brush outs, shaving mats, expression of anal glands, and more below…

Mini Spa Treatment

This grooming package includes an overall brushing, nail trim, ear and eye wipe out.  Grooming can uncover other health issues that need your attention.

Shave Mats

It can be dangerous to use scissors to cut out mats, because the skin is often very close to the mat.  It’s easy to accidentally cut your pet’s skin with scissors when trying to cut out a mat.  Therefore, repair for this type of laceration requires general anesthesia, sutures, and sometimes antibiotics. If your pet has a mat in its fur, we recommend having it shaved with our professional clippers.

Hind End Quarter Trim/ Sani Trim

Sometimes cats have a hard time keeping their hind ends sanitary.  So, we make it easier by  trimming the fur with the use of our clippers.  Those trims make it easier for them to maintain their hygiene, and makes it less likely for fecal material to adhere to the fur.

Lion Cut Shave

The lion cut shave is our most popular form of grooming.  That’s when fur is shaved all over the body of the dog or cat until they resemble a lion.  A ‘mane” is left around the face, a puff of fur remains on the tail and “boots” of fur remain around all the feet.

Nail Trims

We offer complimentary nail trims with grooming services as a courtesy to our clients. We also do nail trims separate from examinations for a small fee- these can be scheduled at your convenience during business hours.

Auburn requires that all patients undergoing any grooming service be up to date on vaccinations and has been seen our veterinarians within one year.  If you haven’t seen us in a while, we’re happy to schedule both when you call.   Don’t miss out on grooming or health checks for your pet.