oravet dental hygiene chewsDid you know that 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have signs of periodontal disease by age 3?

Periodontal disease is inflammation or infection that results when bacteria and tartar accumulate around the gums.

What can you do to prevent periodontal disease?

  • Take your pet for an exam at least once a year.
  • Talk to us about an at-home brushing regimen.
  • Ask us about dental products, foods or treats that may improve your pet’s dental health.

Get your pet scheduled for a professional dental cleaning during Pet Dental Month and receive a free box of OraVet chews!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (815) 398-6484.


 5 Facts About Heartworm Disease:

1. Did you know heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos? All it takes is a single mosquito bite to put your pet at risk for heartworm disease.

2. The American Heartworm Society and the doctors at Bellwood Animal Hospital recommend year-round prevention due to heartworm disease being found in all 50 states.

3. Heartworm disease can cause lifelong damage to your pets heart if goes untreated. The worms can cause inflammation and damage to the heart, arteries and lungs.

jack russell November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a month dedicated to finding senior pets a warm bed, a loving home, and a forever family.

If you are looking to adopt a new pet, or have room in your hearts and homes, please consider adopting a senior pet.

Next time you stop into Bellwood Animal Hospital, stop and take a look at the pictures of the wonderful senior pets that need homes. These pets are currently located at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary and PAWS Humane Society.

cat green eyes As a pet parent, you want to make sure your four-legged friend starts off 2020 on the right paw. What resolutions do you have for your pets?

This year, look for new ways to keep your pets active whether it's a new hiking trail, socialization classes, or doga - that's yoga with your dog!

dr jerome jallen dvm 200pxWe are sad to announce that after years of serving the patients of Bellwood Animal Hospital, Dr. Susan Shipley and Dr. Katie Spoo will both be leaving us. Please join us in wishing them well (and give a little Yeehaw to Dr. Spoo who will be relocating to Texas!)

As one door closes, another one opens!

With great excitement, Bellwood announces that Dr. Jerome Jallen will be joining our veterinary team late summer 2019! Dr. Jallen is a well-known veterinarian in the Rockford region and brings over 20 years of veterinary experience.

dr mark grove dvm Bellwood Animal Hospital is excited to announce that Dr. Mark Grove is expanding his schedule and availability at the practice!

Many of you know that Dr. Grove has been an esteemed member of our team for the past 30 years, and it is a joy to have him working with us more often.

dog drinking streamCanine leptospirosis, or commonly referred to as "lepto," is an infectious bacterial disease that can be found in a wide array of wild life animals. It is found mostly in standing water sources that have been infected with urine by a wildlife animal. Leptospirosis is a serious threat to our pets wellbeing.

How can my dog get lepto?

Leptospirosis can be spread to pets or humans by coming into direct contact with infected urine or via the environment.

dog desert 350pxThe summer has finally arrived!

While there is more to do outside, the heat can create some dangerous situations for your pets.

Check out our list of summer do's and dont's so that your pet can enjoy this season happily and healthily!

pet memorial garden The loss of a family pet is sad and heartbreaking. To ease the sadness, many families find comfort in honoring their pet in some special way.

Planting a tree or flower garden as a memorial to a beloved pet can provide a sense of closure and comfort to many pet owners. With this idea in mind, Bellwood Animal Hospital began planting a Pet Memorial Garden in 2018. The garden is located on the clinic’s south west lawn and is lovingly maintained by the staff of Bellwood Animal Hospital.

Dog TeethDid you know that bad breath can be a sign of dental disease?

If left unaddressed, dental disease can damage your pet's teeth, gums, and internal organs.

Ggroomer mackenzie hutchins dog cowboy 200pxrooming and brushing your pet regularly will help keep them looking and feeling their best, but did you know that it’s also a vital part of their overall health?

Something as simple as brushing or combing your pet can help you keep track of subtle changes in his or her skin. With regular grooming, pet owners are able to help find and avoid things such as skin infections and conditions, ear infections, broken or damaged toenails, masses, abrasions, fleas, and ticks.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently put out a voluntary recall on their canned food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Although animals benefit from vitamin D, ingesting too much of it can lead to potential health issues. Luckily, in most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of the canned food.

Hill’s is working in coordination with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get the affected products recalled. As of right now, the recall only extends to canned food and does not apply to dry food, cat food, or other treats.


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