Blue-Green Algae – How Toxins in Water Can Affect your Pet

Dog swimming in the water.

If you take your dog swimming in lakes or ponds during the summer, listen up! During hot weather in late summer and early fall, lakes and ponds can accumulate a dangerous type of algae that floats seemingly innocent on the surface. This species grows in “blooms” that give the water a blue-green color.  Continue…

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Water Intoxication: Can Too Much Water Kill Your Dog?

How much water is too much for your dog?Higher temperatures this summer usually means more time is spent outside for pet owners, but this can also mean more trips to your veterinarian. During the summer months, we typically see an increase in the amount of injuries and illnesses overall. One of those illnesses that Doctor Yetter and his staff have encountered this summer is water intoxication. Continue…

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Achoo! An Update on Canine Flu

Dog under blanketThe Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) or canine flu has once again emerged this spring. Last year’s outbreak in the Chicagoland area had many owners in a tailspin as kennels, dog parks, and grooming salons closed in an attempt to stop the illness from spreading.

Recently, the team at Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic has become aware of cases in in Peoria and Bloomington.  That’s only an hour or so away! Because the latest strain of CIV is new, knowing the facts about this virus is one of the best ways to protect your four-legged friend. Continue…

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Senior Pet Wellness: Good Health in the Golden Years

Pug dogAlthough it’s a commonly held belief, aging does not equate to illness or disease. In fact, pets who receive a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and consistent veterinary care often spend their golden years in optimal health. That’s why the team at Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic prioritizes senior pet wellness.

Our approach encompasses all factors that contribute to health and wellbeing. This includes physical examinations, diagnostic screenings, and the quality of daily pet care. Continue…

That Unscratchable Itch: Atopy in Pets

feral dog scratchingItchy pets are not an uncommon sight in the veterinary hospital, and this time of year Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic is fully of them. There are many reasons a pet might be suffering from itchy skin, however atopic dermatitis is one of the most common dermatologic problems that we see. Learn all about atopy in pets and what can be done to get your furry family friend comfortable again.

Understanding Atopy in Pets

Atopic dermatitis is a genetic predisposition to developing a sensitivity to environmental allergens like dust, mold, grasses, and pollens. It develops due to a defect in the protective barrier of the skin, allowing these types of particles to gain access to the immune system, stimulating the body to develop sensitivity. Histamines are released (the same compounds that cause a reaction to a mosquito bite), and the whole itching and inflammation cycle begins.   Continue…

Eliminating the Risk of a Pet Poisoning All Year Long

dog begging for foodSpring brings a sense of regeneration, renewal, and optimism for the future. While you may be preparing to till the soil, clean out the garage, and tear through that Honey-Do List, allow  us to renew the concept of preventing a pet poisoning this spring.

The calendar month of March is on board; in fact, March 20-26 is marked Pet Poison Prevention Week. Your pet’s natural curiosity can place him or her in harm’s way – but your team at Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic have the following tips and tricks so your pet can enjoy nature’s splendor for all the months of the year. Continue…

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Pet Oral Exams and Cleanings: More Than Just a Pretty Smile

iStock_000031982520_MediumWhen some pet owners think of dental care, they often assume it’s just a cleaning. However, oral exams entail an assessment of dental and gum health, nutritional or dietary adjustments, and safe dental cleanings, as recommended.

Even the concept of dental cleanings remains somewhat vague. Is it just to produce fresh breath and a whiter smile? Actually, no. Dental cleanings can greatly diminish your pet’s chances of developing periodontal disease, as well as other health complications. Continue…

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Keeping The Winter Weight Off Your Pets

PrairieRidge_iStock_000026574251_LargeJanuary is here, and with it the usual round of health-related New Year’s Resolutions. While we are taking the time to reflect on where we may have neglected our own health and wellness, why not ask ourselves where we might improve these areas of our pet’s lives as well?

Seasonal pet weight gain is a fact of life for most animals who live in a seasonal climate, whether that’s trying to prevent the weight from creeping on or struggling to lose it after the fact. Keeping our pets fit and healthy over the frigid Midwestern winter can be a challenge, but one worth fighting for. Continue…

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The Benefits of Improving Your Pet’s Dental Health

iStock_000009963933_LargeYour pet’s overall wellness hinges on proper nutrition, regular exercise, and…stringent dental care? Indeed, the state of your pet’s dental health greatly affects well being but hasn’t always been a top priority – until now!

Modern veterinary research and advances in pet dental care allow us great insight into your pet’s general health and his or her longevity. If you’ve been questioning your pet’s dental health, we are here to help you get started. Doing so may extend your pet’s life by two years! Continue…

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Pet Diabetes and Obesity: Prevention, Treatment, and Awareness

PrairieRidge_Diabetes.docx-0.jpgAlthough the topic of pet diabetes is not particularly fun, it is important. Since November is National Diabetes Month, we want to raise awareness and focus on prevention of this all-too-common disease.

While diabetes can take a heavy toll on a pet’s health, it’s important to understand that type II diabetes is actually preventable. For pets who have already been diagnosed, it may be comforting to know they can still lead relatively normal, healthy lives with the correct treatment plan. Continue…

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