We are overwhelmed with the amount of support we received again this year. Only the top businesses in each category made it to the final voting stage and with your support we made Top 5 again! Thank you to all of our loyal and vote what rocks ar3supportive clients, we appreciate every single one of you.

Your votes can be placed between October 2nd and October 16th for the final round.

We are happy to announce the newest associate joining us at Bellwood Animal Hospital on June 1st, Dr. Jessica Nelson!

Dr. Nelson attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2020.

To learn more, read Dr. Nelson's full bio.

We are sharing a few simple ways you can make a trip to the vet easier on you and your cat.

Introduce your cat to their carrier.
The day your cat goes to see their veterinarian should not be the first time they’re meeting their carrier. Keep their carrier out in a space that is safe for them. Keep the carrier door open or take the top off and place a familiar blanket or bed in it. You can also offer treats while your cat is in the carrier to help them associate it with something positive. You should never have to shove or force your cat into their carrier.

Feliway
Feliway is a very simple way to help ease your cat’s anxiety and stress. Feliway is a product that contains pheromones, or scents, that help your cat feel safe and secure. It comes in spray, wipes, and diffuser form. Use Feliway spray or wipes in your cat’s carrier and near your cat about 30 minutes prior to leaving. You can also diffuse the scent throughout your home to create an overall feeling of calmness for your cat.

Has your dog loved having you home more often or are they ready to send you back to work? You may want to start preparing your dog for the routine they will return to once the stay-at-home order is lifted in order to prevent a disaster caused by sudden separation anxiety.
 
Your dog may experience some sort of separation anxiety when you begin to spend more time outside of the home leaving them alone for longer periods of time. They might express their anxiety by urinating or defecating in the home, chewing, digging, or barking and howling. Separation anxiety typically sets in immediately or within the first twenty minutes of being left alone. Do not punish your dog for reacting this way. Anxiety induced behaviors are not from lack of training or disobedience but rather from them reacting to a stressful situation.

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 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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