Word from Dr. Max

Dr. Maksim (Max) Ilyukhin from Island Lake Veterinary Clinic would like to share some latest news and offer advices to our clients.

As always, our primary goal is to provide compassionate veterinary care for our patients and make sure that clients are aware of dangers to their pets as well as of latest developments in veterinary medicine.

The sooner a checkup, the better

Q. Why does my veterinarian say it is necessary to bring my 8-year-old dog in for a checkup two times a year?
The health and well-being of an aging pet can change rather rapidly. Conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, cancer and diabetes become much more prevalent as dogs and cats enter their middle to geriatric years (small dogs and cats more than eight years of age and large breed dogs over six).

5 common myths about veterinary anesthesia

Scheduling surgery or dental work for your pet can be a scary proposition. Every procedure carries some measure of risk, so it’s tough to think about your loved ones under anesthesia. But before you panic, talk to your veterinarian to determine what’s best for your pet and discuss your concerns. And don’t hesitate to do a little research of your own – here’s a guide to some of the most common myths about anesthesia.

Distemper warning for Chicago-area pet owners

Three raccoons found this week on Chicago’s South and Northwest sides are suspected of having distemper. It’s a highly contagious disease that can kill house pets. An outbreak six years ago affected more than 100 dogs.
The city’s Department of Animal Care and Control recommends vaccinating dogs and cats that haven’t already had their shots.”Distemper is highly contagious to dogs and cats that are unvaccinated,” said Cherie Travis, Animal Care and Control. “The vaccine is the best protection for preventing the spread of this disease, and so our best opportunity is to educate the public now, to make sure people vaccinate their dogs and cats.”
Distemper attacks the nervous system. Symptoms include trembling and seizures.Humans can not contract the distemper virus.

Spring Toxins

While colorful flowers are easy on the eyes, they pose potential danger to cats and dogs. Island Lake Veterinary Clinic doctors would like to make sure our clients know how to pet-proof their gardens with this information about six common spring plants and their toxicities.

Don’t throw dogs a bone!

The idea that it’s natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular one. However, it’s a dangerous practice and can cause serious injury to your pet.

Questions about parasites

Answer to your questions about parasites and how to keep you and your pets healthy

Dr. Max is also available for questions or suggestions via e-mail.

Please send us an e-mail with your specific questions or concerns or if you are looking for some additional information on certain topics. Dr. Max will review and answer you directly or post information here on Island Lake Veterinary Clinic website.

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