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!

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.

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.

halloween dogs Halloween can be one of the most fun, festive, and spookiest nights of the year, but keeping your pets safe can prove to be quite tricky.

Here are some tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

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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