An Ounce of Prevention…

 

… is worth a pound of cure!  At Elmhurst Animal Care Hospital, we truly believe this old adage.  Preventive veterinary care is defined as care that prevents or slows illness or disease.  Who wouldn’t want that?  That is why we offer convenient, affordable preventive care packages for your pets!

Every preventive plan includes unlimited free office visits and physical exams by a licensed veterinarian.  A good physical exam is our most powerful tool for detecting and treating problems.  Each plan also includes early screening options and high quality vaccines to further prevent and find disease.  Continue…

The Mighty Anal Sac & Your Pet’s Good Health

 

Your dog or cat has a body part that you don’t have. It’s nothing to envy, but more of a pain in the rear than it is worth. Literally!

Dogs and cats have a pair of anal sacs, located just inside the anus. These little beauties hold a thick, stinky secretion that you may have had the pleasure of smelling from time to time. Many wild animals can empty these voluntarily to mark their scent or in self-defense, however our dogs and cats don’t have this ability—thank goodness! In most animals, these sacs empty during defecation, however some animals will have a problem doing this, resulting in uncomfortable, impacted, and even infected anal sacs. Continue…

Home Dental Care for Your Pet

 

Annual exams and dental cleanings under anesthesia are vital for your pet’s oral health as well as their overall health.  But did you know that you can play an important role in warding off dental disease at home, too?  Here are a few suggestions for keeping those chompers pearly white a little longer and ward off the systemic effects of bad oral hygiene:

  • Brushing

At-home brushing is the most powerful tool in your arsenal!  Brushing at least every other day has been shown to significantly reduce plaque and tartar buildup.  Use a brush and paste specifically for pets and start slowly.  Most pets can be taught to tolerate tooth brushing if you are patient.  For more helpful information on how to introduce your pet to having its teeth brushed, please look at the handout provided on our website .  We are also happy to help you in person. Continue…