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Senior Pets – part 2 of 3

Aging is not a disease

In our first of three posts on Senior Pets, we reported the good news that our pets are living longer and healthier lives. We celebrated our privilege of participating in this change during the 37 years of our practice. We covered the definitions of aging and what this means for our pets.

In this post we address: Important Conditions and  Focus Areas (more)

Senior pets – Part 1 of 3

Senior/ Geriatric Pet Health

We are happy to report that our pets are living much longer healthier lives. We’ve been a part of the great changes in veterinary medicine for these 35+ years and continue to keep up with the pace of the advancements.

No matter the life stage – growth, adult, senior/geriatric – we work hard to help you make the best of each of your pet’s stages. (more)

Dr. Carlson attended the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum

Dr. Carlson attended the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum last month in National Harbor, Maryland 

Dr. Carlson looks forward to attending the ACVIM Forum every year to learn the latest, greatest and most current research and information in new therapies and treatments in small animal medicine. The top veterinary specialists in the world attend and present their newest research findings. He attends sessions presented by experts in veterinary cardiology, small animal medicine (including gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology), neurology, and oncology.

This year Dr. Carlson focused on endocrinology and gastroenterology. He learned about some important new advances in the management of Diabetes Mellitus and Cushing's disease. He also learned about some of the new exciting gastrointestinal discoveries that are changing our understanding of the importance of the GI system in overall health and wellbeing. As a result, new therapies are being developed that will improve the quality of life for our patients.

Feline Upper Respiratory Infections

Aachoooo!  Uh oh.

First a sneeze, then what next? A runny nose?  Watery eyes? A cough? To you, these are the signs of a cold . . . .(more)

Osteoarthritis in our dog and cat companions

Our canine and feline companions are living long active lives well into their geriatric years. Therefore assessing and treating osteoarthritis is an important part of geriatric pet care. Many pet owners (more)

Diabetes Mellitus In Cats and Dogs: A General Understanding

Early detection of diabetes mellitus

The increase in diabetes mellitus in cats and dogs mirrors the increase in people; it can be serious and is on the rise. Because of this, we recommend an annual physical examination to address any early warning signs. (more)

Feline Renal Disease

Over the years we have seen many changes in feline health, from advancements in medical knowledge and techniques to increasing longevity in our feline companions. At Carlson Animal Hospital . . . (more)

How frequently do indoor cats need a physical examination and vaccinations?

As veterinarians, we know a feline physical examination appointment may be a big event for you and your pet.  It frequently begins well before you step into the exam room.

There’s often a game of hide and seek more

Heartworm and heartworm prevention and treatment

We want you to have easy access to more information about heartworm disease and the advantages of prevention over treatment. In this post we dispel misconceptions about heartworm, write about what you can do to prevent heartworm, and read more

Aging Changes in your Dog’s Eyes

Have you noticed that your older dog’s eyes look cloudy? Perhaps you think he has developed cataracts. Well chances are that he does not have cataracts at all! read more

Tick season is upon us and prevention is key to protecting our pets

Eek!  Ticks!  They are the stuff of nightmares.

With eight spindly legs, crunchy exoskeletons, blood sucking mouthparts and ninja-like stealth, ticks dredge up feelings read more

Update on the canine influenza virus H3N2

There is currently a resurgence of H3N2 acute canine influenza cases occurring in our area.

We continue to see dogs that present with. . . more

Heatstroke: Understanding and Preventing Heatstroke in our Pets.

Summer has arrived and we have seen how quickly Chicago and the suburbs can heat up!

Early summer is the time when we see the most cases of heatstroke in our dogs and cats. They need special attention (read more)

We are celebrating our 30th year of American Animal Hospital (AAHA) accreditation!

We are celebrating our 30th year of American Animal Hospital (AAHA) accreditation!

What does this mean for your pet and for you? This means peace of mind for you when your furry family member is in our care.

Thank you for being a part of our practice and celebrating with us!

We are celebrating our 30th year of American Animal Hospital (AAHA) accreditation!

What does this mean for your pet and for you? This means peace of mind for you when your furry family member is in our care.

Thank you for being a part of our practice and celebrating with us!

Please read more about accreditation on our blog:
http://www.carlsonanimalhospitals.com/blog/2016/07/celebrating-30-y…ha-accreditation 

Heart murmurs in Cats

During an examination we sometimes detect a heart murmur in a cat, but this finding is not always cause for immediate concern. During an exam more

Sponsorship Campaign Against Blood Cancers - Light the Night with Dr Carlson and his family

New Dental Video Series - "Why do our pets need dental care?"

Video on the Impact of not doing dental cleanings

New video explaining what happens the day of your pet's dental procedure

Anesthesia - what happens prior to anesthesia?

How long is a dental procedure, and what happens in recovery?

I have been a client of Dr Carlson’s since he started his practice in Oak Park. All my pets have been like my children and I feel that the staff treat them as if they are. I always highly recommend your office and all the doctors to anyone with pets. Maggie is my first dog and she always receives excellent care. Sometimes we forget to tell you how we feel and to say thank you.

– Maggie & Liz Stallone

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