Winter Dental Discount Program 2017!

At this time NOW through January 15th 2017 Dr. Yetter is offering his Winter Dental Discount Program. Below is the information about the program and price ranges. The discount is 25% off! Please contact our office today to get your pet scheduled! All pets will benefit from having their teeth cleaned annually.

Tips for a Healthier Mouth

  • Daily brushing is the BEST oral care regimen you can do for your pet.
  • Daily oral washes/rinses, chew treats (with anti-plaque ingredients), or specialized teeth-cleaning diets (Hill’s Science Diet T/D) are great alternatives to tooth-brushing.
  • Check your pet’s mouth once a month for foul-smelling odors, reddened areas, swollen gums, missing teeth, unusual colors, growths, pus, or abnormal discharge. Let your veterinary know immediately if you see anything unusual!
  • Bring your pet in once a year for a wellness exam; your veterinarian will examine your pet’s mouth thoroughly to make sure there’s no problems that you missed at home. Any issues can be addressed early and taken care of before they get out of hand.
  • Schedule your pet for regular dental cleanings by your veterinarian. Sedating or putting your pet under anesthesia is the safest and most comfortable way to have your pet’s teeth cleaned; when you’re at the dentist, you understand what the doctor is doing even though it’s uncomfortable and can be painful at times. Dogs and cats cannot understand this and will become stressed and may even bite. Most dental disease occurs below the gum line, unseen, so pets need to be sedated and special tools are used to scale the tartar from under the gum line. 

Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic
201 S. Prairie Ridge Drive
Havana, IL 62644


At the time of your pet’s last check up, the Doctor spoke to you about your pet’s present dental condition. Dental tater leads to an infection of the gum line called gingivitis, which over time will lead to a serious condition – periodontal disease. This is a painful infection in the mouth causing bad breath, sore throat, and early tooth loss, and can even lead to serious problems affecting the heart, liver and kidneys. This can shorten your pet’s lifespan considerably! Kidney failure is the leading cause of death in older dogs and cats. It is always remarkable to how how much better overall condition an animal stays in as they age if their teeth are maintained in good health. We at Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic are strong believers in Dental Health Care for your pet s part of his or her overall health care.

Dental disease needs to be treated now before is progresses and causes further illness. Dental care has saved the lives of more pets than any other medical advancement in the last 20 years. To promote Dental Health Care we are offering a 25% discount off of all teeth cleaning procedures including bloodwork, and all dental services from December 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018 only!

The regular price of the procedure for more advanced cases requiring anesthesia is $198.50, but with the discount the price is reduced to $148.90, a savings of $49.60!

For milder cases requiring sedation only the regular price is $74 for smaller dogs and cats, up to $120 for larger dogs. With the 25% discount the reduced price for smaller dogs and cats would be $55.50, for a saving of $18.50, while the reduced price for larger dogs would be $90.00, making the savings $30.00. As always, please feel free to call us at 309-543-2091 with any questions you may have concerning this procedure or schedule an appointment. Financing is available.


Rodney K. Yetter, DVM


Pet Laser Therapy at Prairie Ridge

A dog being given laser therapy

Pet Laser Therapy at Prairie Ridge

While laser therapy for pets may sound like something straight out of science fiction; it is, in fact, becoming a common and effective treatment for companion animals across the country. Dr. Yetter and the Prairie Ridge Animal Clinic staff are excited to introduce therapeutic laser services to our patients. And, while you may not think you are as excited as we are; it’s probably because you don’t know what pet laser therapy is and why it is so incredible.

Often called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, by any name, is still a relatively new concept that is being used more recently to treat dogs with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing. Cold laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation.

Cold laser therapy is used to treat multiple ailments and injuries in dogs and cats.  Treatable conditions include:

  • Joint injuries
  • Ligament or tendon injuries
  • Fractures
  • Muscle sprains or strains
  • Skin lesions or abrasions
  • Post-trauma wounds
  • Post-surgical incisions
  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Nerve injury

Cold laser uses a beam of light to stimulate damaged cells to produce more energy.  The overall cellular function is increased, allowing for rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, and reproduction of new cells.  The new cellular activity aids in:

  • Alleviating chronic or acute pain
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing swelling
  • Increasing circulation
  • Speeding up healing and recovery
  • Release of endorphin, the body’s natural pain reliever

Dogs find laser therapy relaxing and tend to enjoy the treatment. After laser therapy, dog owners might see their dog go upstairs more often, play with a ball he’s not picked up in months or go back to getting on the couch for his nightly snuggle with family members. And, when dogs have better mobility, medications can often be reduced.

Laser Therapy for Pets

A dog being given laser therapy

Laser Therapy for Pets

Not many people are aware of how common laser therapy is becoming for cats and dogs. Dr. Yetter and the staff here at Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic are using it more and more frequently with patients, both canine and feline. Laser therapy can be used on practically any condition or disease that causes pain and/or inflammation.


Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

Big shepherd dog stealing from table in the kitchen

The mouth-watering smells of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie slowly wafting through the house this Thanksgiving is enough to drive you (and your pets) crazy! However, with delicious human food comes serious risk for your pets. Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic is here to provide owners with some Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips to pet-proof your home this holiday season and keep your furr-amily safe from hazardous foods. Continue…

Colic in Horses: Symptoms and Treatment

horsecolicWhat is Colic?

Colic literally means “pain in the abdomen” or “pain in the belly” but is actually a symptom instead of a diagnosis. There are several different types of colic, with the most common listed below:

Impaction: The intestine is blocked by a compact mass of food, sand, parasites or dirt. Impaction is fairly common, usually treated with mineral oil or another laxative and resolves easily with proper treatment. This can be caused by a diet with course fiber or roughage with low digestibility.  Continue…


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…

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

A dog being given a dental cleaningWhen 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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