Your pet’s health and well-being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.  We are a full service animal hospital – experienced in all types of conditions and treatments.  Review our available services – much of good care is problem prevention.  Annual vaccinations/wellness exams entail a complete physical examination, including a checkup of your pet’s teeth, eyes, skin, ears, and heart.  The veterinarians will also ask about and discuss any concerns, problems and abnormal behavior.

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AVID Chips Pocket Pets & Rabbit Care
Chemotherapy & Cancer Treatment Preventative Care for Cats
Dental Prophylaxis Preventative Care for Dogs
Diagnostic Testing Puppy & Kitten Care
Emergency Care Senior Care
Flea & Tick Control Sick & Injured Care
Heartworm Prevention & Treatment Spay and Neuter Procedures
House Calls Stem Cell Therapy
Internal Medicine (diagnosis and treatment) Surgical Care & Services
Laser Therapy Ultrasound Examination
OFA Radiographs Vaccinations
Pain Management X-ray (digital)
Pharmacy (in-house)


Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital offers the AVID microchip, which is a passive, integrated transponder that is about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is contained in a biocompatible glass capsule, which is coated to prevent tissue irritation and microchip migration. The microchip, each of which has a unique identification number, is permanent and will last the life of your pet. When your pet is registered in a pet recovery database, the identification number links your pet to your contact information.

Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment

Like us, animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket pets can get cancer.  Fortunately, however, some forms of cancer are curable.  In addition, recent advancements in cancer treatment can dramatically extend the lives of many dogs and cats.  Treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery may be used to stop the spread of cancer and remove or destroy cancer cells and tumors.

You can help prevent some forms of cancer by having your pet spayed or neutered at an early age, but most cancers cannot be prevented.  This is why early detection is one of our best weapons against this disease.

Regular veterinary visits can help the veterinarians at Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital keep track of what is normal for your pet, as well as detect anything suspicious.  However, because we typically only see your dog or cat once or twice a year, we also rely on your knowledge of your pet to catch any potential issues early.  Contact us right away if you notice any changes in your pet’s physical appearance or behavior (such as lumps or bumps, sores that don’t heal, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in eating habits, including weight gain/loss).

Pet Dental Cleanings & Procedures

Veterinary Dental Services

Our veterinarians provide veterinary dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital is equipped with oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and (advanced) dental procedure.

Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet’s long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital offers a full range of dental services for pets including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your pet’s teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats:

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
  • Brush your pet’s teeth daily, or if every other day, give your pet a dental hygiene chew
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tartar and plaque and promote good dental health

Benefits of Diagnostic Testing

During a physical examination our veterinarians can get a general idea of your pet’s health. It is, however, limited to the things we can see (hair coat, mucous membranes) or the things we can hear (heart and lung sounds). Many of the vital organs that keep a pet’s body running do not give outward signs until disease or illness is in advanced stages. Most of the diagnostic tests that are provided for your pet are the same tests provided by human doctors.

Annual Examination – For seemingly healthy pets, diagnostic tests can detect pre-existing conditions such as anemia or kidney function problems. Also, doing blood work on younger animals gives your veterinarian a base line in which to monitor and track your pet’s health throughout their lives. Small changes can be significant in diagnosing and treating disease later in life.

Sick Examinations – For older or sick animals it is extremely important to run full panel blood screens, a urinalysis and fecal exam. Diagnostic tests are used to diagnose illness and disease, monitor organ degeneration, and monitor response to medication.

Pre-Surgical Blood Work – Blood work helps your veterinarian better understand organ function and allows the veterinarian to foresee problems before an animal is showing outward symptoms. Before surgery, it is important to ensure the pet’s internal organs are healthy and able to metabolize the anesthesia. Since many anesthetic and pre-anesthetic drugs are processed through the body organs, it is important to have blood work results in case adjustments need to be made in the anesthetic protocol for your pet. Failure to perform this testing may significantly affect the success of the anesthesia and the overall outcome of surgery.

Urinalysis – A urinalysis done in conjunction with a blood work panel gives the most accurate, well-rounded picture of your pet’s health. Urinalysis can also show signs of urinary tract problems, bladder stones, infection, diabetes, and early renal disease.

Fecal – A stool sample is examined for internal parasites. Many parasites cause weight loss, diarrhea, anemia, and loss of appetite. It is important for routine fecal examinations, as many of the parasites that can infect our pets, can also be transmitted to humans.

Emergency Care

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 847-934-1535 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

We refer after-hours emergencies to:

Golf Rose Animal Hospital
1375 North Roselle Road
Schaumburg, Illinois 60195

Flea and Tick Control

Flea infestations are the most common parasite problem in dogs and cats.

  • Flea eggs are white and about the size of a grain of sand. The eggs are laid while the flea is on the pet and easily roll off the fur into the surrounding environment. Eggs usually hatch in one to ten days, depending on the temperature and humidity. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae move deeper into nearby carpet or upholstery to get away from light. Searching for food, the eggs form a cocoon and emerge in as little as 12 days or as many as 140 days. Adult fleas are attracted to house pets by the warmth of the pet’s body. Fleas have tremendously powerful back legs, which they use for jumping on the pet.
  • The adult flea species that attacks dogs and cats spends its entire adult life on the pet. Once the adult flea begins to feed on the pet, it must have almost constant access to the blood of the pet for it to survive. Adult fleas cannot live off the pet more than three to four days without a blood meal.
  • Female fleas can produce over 2,000 eggs during their lifetime. Even with only a fraction of these eggs developing into adults, this high rate of reproduction ensures that there will always be fleas.
  • Fleas consume 15 times their body weight with every blood meal. An infestation of 220 female fleas could consume 10% of a one-pound kitten’s blood volume in one day. The majority of blood consumed is passed out as partially digested feces (“flea dirt”) that serves as essential food for flea larvae in carpets, upholstery, and other areas.

Ticks can live for several years. They attach to your pet to feed. Many times you will not see a tick on your pet until it has become completely engorged with blood. Many ticks transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis, which can seriously affect your pet’s health.

At Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital, flea and tick prevention is highly recommended using a once-a-month medication.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition of worms residing in the heart and major blood vessels of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets and humans. Heartworm disease is present on every continent except Antarctica.

Here are some important facts:

  • Heartworms are found throughout the United States and Canada. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. After ingesting blood from an infected dog, the Microfilaria (immature heartworms) is transmitted to another dog or cat when it is bitten by the mosquito.
  • Heartworms occur in all breeds of dogs; large and small, short-haired and long-haired, inside dogs and outside dogs. Heartworms also are known to infect cats.
  • It takes three to six months for adult Heartworms to develop in a dog after it is bitten by an infected mosquito.
  • Adult Heartworms live in the right side of the heart. They are 7-12 inches long. Heartworms impair blood circulation, resulting in damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Serious damage may occur, even before outward clinical signs are detected by the pet’s owner.
  • Advanced signs include difficult breathing, coughing, tiring easily, listlessness, loss of weight, and fainting.
  • Heartworms can be prevented! Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital strongly recommends the once/month heartworm preventives which also aid in the prevention of other internal parasites.
  • Routine testing by a special blood test detects heartworm antigens (proteins) in the blood. Testing for Heartworms once each year is suggested for all dogs. The earlier the detection, the more successful the administered treatment can be, and the less chance of serious side effects of the disease.
  • Treatment is highly successful when the disease is detected early. The adult worms are killed with an injectable drug given in a series of injections. A few days later, the worms begin to die, and are carried away by the bloodstream to the lungs where they lodge in small blood vessels. They slowly decompose and are absorbed by the body over a period of several months. Other injections may be required to kill the microfilaria (immature heartworms) at a later time.

House Calls

In order to better serve you and your pet, Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital offers house call appointments for your convenience.

  • Cats benefit from house calls because they experience less stress by staying in familiar surroundings and their health improves from routine veterinary care.
  • Multi-pet homes will also find this service convenient as it eliminates the need to coordinate and transport numerous pets to our practice.
  • If you are not as mobile as you used to be or have a hard time getting your pet to the veterinarian, he/she will come to you.
  • When the time comes to say goodbye, you can say goodbye to your pet in the familiar surroundings of home.

Internal Medicine – Diagnosis & Treatment

Early Detection of Problems Leads to Longer Life for Your Pet

Comprehensive physical examinations are an important tool in providing a long, quality life for your pet.  Pets age five to seven times faster than humans, can’t talk, and often hide early signs of disease.  One year represents 5-10% of the pet’s life span. Whereas one year only represents a very small percentage of the average life of a human.  Getting a comprehensive annual physical examination for your pet is like one every five to seven years for humans.

Since pets can’t talk to us, they often are unable to communicate problems before they become a major concern and threat to the pet’s wellbeing.  Any hint of abnormalities may bring recommendations for additional laboratory testing to confirm suspicions.

Components of the Comprehensive Physical Exam

Weight and Other Body Vital Signs  —  Significant weight gain or loss can be an early warning of disease.  Obesity is the most common nutritional problem in pets.  Your pet’s overall body conditions will be evaluated and appropriate recommendations of diet and other nutritional needs will be made.  Temperature, pulse and respiration are also assessed.  Evaluation in any of these can be a sign of infection, inflammation, illness or pain.

Skin and Hair Coat — Dull, dry, brittle hair or hair loss can indicate an underlying illness.  Flea infestations can lead to serious disease.

Eyes, Ears and Nose — Such things as severe conjunctivitis, cataracts, and glaucoma can sometimes be prevented if detected early enough.  Thorough examination of the ear canals can prevent painful ear infections and loss of hearing.  The ear canal of pets is anatomically different from humans with the majority of the canal hidden from view with the naked eye.  Tumors, grass seeds, excessive wax, and ear mites are commonly found in the lower part of the ear canals.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy, using a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it, is a surgery-free, drug-free, noninvasive treatment to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and speed healing. Laser therapy works by sending photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals. Laser therapy is successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions, such as wounds, inflammations, degenerative joint disease, and arthritis.

OFA Radiographs

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital performs OFA radiographs for the detection and assessment of hip joint irregularities and secondary arthritic hip joint changes.

Pain Management and Control

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital knows that the issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners today. As in human medicine, we have a variety of medications available to manage your pet’s pain both before and after surgery and in the event of trauma.

Pharmacy and Products

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.

Pocket Pets & Rabbit Care

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital is happy to provide care for a wide range of pocket pets, rabbits, and other small, non-traditional mammal pets. We offer preventive care, surgery, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your small pets. Each species of pocket pets and rabbits have their own specific needs for housing, diet, and care.

Preventive Care for Cats

Prolong Your Cat’s Life

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual Preventive Care for Cats Typically Includes:

At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:

  • Ear and eye examination
  • Cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) analysis
  • Temperature reading
  • Abdominal palpation
  • Dental exam
  • Dermatological exam
  • Musculoskeletal evaluation

Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

Parasite Control Products to prevent heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (Felv/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of disease which cannot be detected during a physical exam. (Please bring a stool sample at the time of your visit.)

Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping*, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

*We use American Veterinary Identification Devices (AVID).

Preventive Care for Dogs

Prolong Your Dog’s Life

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become sever and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog’s hereditary factors, age, medical history, and lifestyle.

Annual Preventive Care for Dog’s Typically Includes:

At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medial history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors perform a:

  • Ear and eye examination
  • Cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) analysis
  • Temperature reading
  • Abdominal palpation
  • Dental exam
  • Dermatological exam
  • Musculoskeletal evaluation
  • Weight check (evaluate body condition)

Vaccines based on your dog’s lifestyle and/or breed. Core vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme and Bordetella (Kennel Cough).

Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, internal parasites (such as roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms, internal parasites, and disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam. (Please bring a stool sample at the time of your visit.)

The veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping* that will benefit your dog’s overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog’s health.

*We use American Veterinary Identification Devices (AVID).

Puppy and Kitten Care

Give Your Puppy or Kitten The Right Start In Life!

At Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital, each pet’s first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Learn about Steminsure® for your puppy.

Below are our recommendations for your puppy’s or kitten’s first year:

Physical Exams: Your puppy’s or kitten’s lifetime or wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet’s overall health and to administer vaccines.

Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly stages vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously. Fecal testing helps identify parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and giardia. Because a large percentage are born with parasites (transferred from the parents), we recommend deworming every puppy or kitten.

Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering, nutritional guidelines, behavioral issues (including house training), obedience training or microchipping* that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

*We use American Veterinary Identification Devices (AVID).

Senior Care (Age 7+)

Like humans, cats and dogs are living longer. Also as in human medicine, the veterinary field has many non-invasive ways to screen our older pets for early signs of disease. There are many procedures and medications that can help them live a longer, happier, and healthier life.

More Frequent Examinations – For every one year in a human life, a dog or cat ages the equivalent of five to seven human years. In some points in their life it can be up to seven years for every one human year! So seeing a veterinarian and getting a complete physical every calendar year would be the equivalent of seeing our human physician every seven years. Allowing Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital to assess your pet’s health on a more frequent basis allows for early detection of illness and disease. For selected pets – those with known diseases and those in their advanced senior years – twice yearly examinations are recommended.

Diagnostic Laboratory Work — Studies have shown that over 17 percent of senior cats and 23 percent of senior dogs that appear healthy during a physical exam have an underlying disease. Performing blood work, urine tests, and fecal exams assures that the pet is truly healthy on the inside as well as on the outside, or, it uncovers a medical problem while it is in the early stages and may not be showing obvious symptoms. This allows us to treat, and hopefully cure those medical problems, earlier without invasive treatments.

Medication – With today’s advances in veterinary medicine, there are many new medications that are increasingly successful and safe in treating diseases affecting our senior pets, as well as alleviate common effects of disease or aging, such as lameness, soreness, allergies, or incontinence.

Special Nutritional Diets – Available specialized diets have an essential balance of nutrients with lower calories and fat, and a controlled blend of vitamins and minerals to help your pet stay stronger, longer.

Dentistry – Studies show that over 70% of cats, and 80% of dogs over the age of three years, show some sign of gum disease. One of the earliest signs of dental problems is the formation of tartar on the tooth. Tartar is composed of bacteria, plaque, and food debris. Left untreated, this can allow bacteria into the bloodstream, which can cause harm to the pet’s internal organs. Dental disease can also cause bad teeth, red gums, and pain when chewing. It is important to have us examine your pet’s teeth and gums, and have regular dental cleanings when recommended.

Sick and Injured Care

At Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian’s care and attention.

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your dog, cat, rabbit, or pocket pet. A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our on-site laboratory and x-ray capabilities.

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Spay and Neuter Procedures

Spayed and neutered pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

Pyometra (uterine infection) is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

Learn about Steminsure® for your puppy.

Stem Cell Therapy

At Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital we are proud to offer stem cell therapy to our patients. Thousands of dogs have now been treated with stem cells from their own fat for arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries and muscle injuries. Not only that, but on-going evaluations are now being conducted of new uses for stem cells that may be available in the not to distant future.

Call us today at 847-934-1535 to schedule a consultation to see if stem cell therapy is right for your dog.

Read more about Stem Cell Therapy.
Learn about Steminsure® for your puppy.

Surgical Care and Services

Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia.  At Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital, your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

Safe Anesthesia – a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine

Experienced Monitoring Support – our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate and oxygen levels

Pain Medication – is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort

Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work – ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia

Veterinary Surgical Services

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital provides surgical services for dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket pets.  We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries.


Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital performs ultrasound exams as a way of looking inside your pet’s body (liver, kidneys, and intestines) without having to perform surgery. Ultrasound exams are performed for many reasons. As your veterinarian, we may recommend an ultrasound exam for your pet for one of the following reasons: abnormal bloodwork, vomiting or diarrhea that has lasted for a long time, weight loss with no change in eating habits, chronic infections, change in urinary habits, cancer staging, fluid in the chest or abdomen, pregnancy, and pre-surgical.

We care about your pet as much as you do and want the ultrasound to be a positive experience for both of you. Please feel free to ask us questions; we will do our best to provide you with the information you need.


Many serious infectious diseases of cats and dogs can be controlled by vaccinations. Given the United States population of pet dogs and cats, your pet is quite likely to come in contact with an infectious disease at one time or another.  Even indoor pets can be exposed to viral diseases carried in the air, in dust, or on clothing.  Vaccinations are inexpensive protection against costly treatment, or even the premature death of your dog or cat.

Rabies Vaccination

Rabies is a fatal infection of the nervous system that attacks all warm-blooded animals including humans.  Rabies has become synonymous with the image of a vicious dog or wild animal, but cats have outnumbered dogs in reported cases since 1981.

Rabies is a public health hazard and a personal risk to all pet owners.  Many states require vaccination against rabies, and Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital recommends vaccinations for all dogs and cats.  Rabies can be transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.

Because there is no cure for rabies, vaccination is your cat or dog’s only protection.

Feline Vaccinations

Feline Panleukopenia – also known as “cat distemper” is a highly contagious and often fatal disease in young cats.  It is easily transmitted from cat to cat.

Feline Respiratory Disease – include several different infectious agents.  They are all highly contagious and are widespread.  High death rates occur in young cats and “old” cats.  Upper respiratory infections are easily spread from cat to cat by sneezing, etc.  Even a stray cat that seems outwardly to be healthy may be a “carrier” infecting your pet, even through a screen window.

Feline Leukemia – was unknown 20 years ago, but is now considered to be the leading cause of death in cats.  It is a cancer-causing virus that often suppresses the ability to fight other infections.  Kittens can be born with the virus.  Cats can have the leukemia virus for years before showing signs of the disease.  Feline Leukemia is not transmissible to humans or dogs.  There is no successful treatment once symptoms develop!  All cats should be tested for Feline Leukemia.

Feline Bordetella – is a highly contagious bacterium that causes upper respiratory infection, which can lead to pneumonia and even death.  Cats that have a strong potential for exposure to this infection are cats that come from shelters, wandered up to your house, taken to a groomer, or boarded at a kennel.

Canine Vaccinations

Canine Distemper – is very widespread, and nearly every dog will be exposed to distemper within the first year of life.  Once the virus enters the nervous system, convulsions, twitches, or partial paralysis become evident.  Distemper is spread through all bodily secretions and is highly contagious.

Parvovirus – since its devastating worldwide appearance in 1978, most dog owners have heard of parvo.  It is transmitted through direct contact with an infected dog’s feces.  A dog that recovers from the disease remains a “carrier”, spreading the virus in its bowel movements for one to three months.  Signs include vomiting, fever, depression, and diarrhea (which will often contain large amounts of blood).  The younger the pet, the greater the chance of death.  Dogs can remain susceptible to Parvovirus infection until two weeks after the last injection in the vaccination series.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis – affects a dog’s liver.  Spread through an infected dog’s urine, exposure can mean anything from a mild infection to death.  Puppies are at the most rick with this disease.  Vaccination has controlled this disease for several years, making it rarely seen by veterinarians today.

Canine Cough Complex (kennel cough or bordetella) – technically known as tracheobronchitis, it is an upper respiratory infection with the major sign being a persistent, dry, hacking cough.  It may last several weeks and is highly contagious.

Lyme Disease – is a debilitating disease that affects the musculoskeletal system as well as other vital systems of the body.  Lyme is spread by the attachment of infected ticks on an animal.  Pets that are most at risk are dogs that walk in wooded and tall grassy areas, or travel in places where wild animals (particularly deer) frequent.

Canine Influenza – just like the human flu, canine influenza is highly contagious.  It is caused by a virus known as H3N8, which causes respiratory illness in dogs.  The most common clinical sign is coughing; however nasal discharge, lethargy, fever, and loss of appetite can also occur.  The initial vaccine requires two doses, two to four weeks apart, followed by annual revaccination.  If your dog is presently being vaccinated for kennel cough (Bordetella), it is a likely candidate for the canine influenza vaccine.

Leptospirosis – this bacterial infection causes liver and/or kidney failure in dogs and people.  It is spread through the urine of small mammals and is especially prevalent in areas of standing water.  This vaccine can be administered after your puppy is 12 weeks old and then repeated in three to four weeks.  After this, it becomes an annual vaccine that can be combined with distemper vaccine.

X-Ray (digital)

Arlington Park Veterinary Hospital is equipped with digital radiography providing the best possible radiographic studies of your pet.