We provide the services your pet needs to maintain good health and wellness. Our mission is to provide the highest standard of quality and compassion for out patients. In addition, we strive to be welcoming, informative, and supportive of our clients.
Spay and Neuter Services from Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen
It's common knowledge that it's important to spay or neuter your pet to prevent them from having unwanted puppies. Unfortunately, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year because homes couldn't be found for them. Spaying and neutering your pet is part of responsible pet ownership because it helps to control the pet population. However, there are other benefits to spaying or neutering your pet that you may not be aware of. As a responsible pet owner, our Homer Glen veterinarians advise you to have your pet spayed or neutered as early as possible.
Benefits of Spay and Neuter
Spay and neuter can actually prevent your pet from developing cancer. Spaying your cat or dog can prevent breast tumors and uterine infections. 50% of breast tumors in dogs are malignant. With cats, 90% of breast tumors are malignant. Males are at risk as well. Neutering your male dog or cat can prevent testicular cancer and prostate problems.
There are practical benefits to spaying or neutering your pet as well. When females come into heat, they can create a mess. In addition to bleeding, female cats may urinate in the house to notify males that they are in heat. Males may urinate in unwanted places as well, in an attempt to mark their territory and claim any females in the area. Unneutered males are also likely to roam in an attempt to find a mate, while neutered males are more likely to stay near your home. There are financial benefits as well. Spaying or neutering is much more cost effective than raising a litter of puppies.
When to Bring Your Pet to the Animal Hospital for Spay or Neuter
It's recommended that dogs be over one year old and that cats be over 5 months old before being spayed or neutered. Studies have found that dogs who are spayed or neutered before the age of one are 400% more likely to develop joint disorders later in life. Pets neutered or spayed too early are also at a much higher risk of heart tumors and bone cancer.
Contact Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen for Pet Spaying or Neutering
Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen is the best place for compassionate pet medicine. Contact us at 708-301-8200 to make an appointment with a veterinarian for spaying or neutering services, and keep your pet happy and healthy.
Does Your Pet Need Dental Care? Visit Colonial Manor Animal Hospital!
February is national pet dental health month. Here at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, we know that many pet owners do not realize how important dental health is for their pets. So this month, we want to make more pet owners aware of the importance of pet dental health. Here is some information you should know as a pet owner.
Why is Pet Dental Health Important?
Your pet's dental health is important as poor dental health can lead to other health problems. In addition, just like your teeth can bother you if they are not healthy, teeth can bother your pet. Lastly, just like in humans, abscesses in pets can be life-threatening. Keeping your pet's teeth healthy helps them to remain healthy, live a long life and stay out of pain.
What Will a Vet Be Able to Screen For?
During a routine screening, which should be done once a year, a vet will examine your pets' teeth and gums. They will be looking for signs that the tooth is loose, rotten or for signs of gum disease, all of which are common problems in pets.
What Issues Are Addressed In a Pet Dental Exam?
During a pet dental exam, your x-rays will be done to find any cavities or abscesses. A physical exam of the mouth will be done as well to examine the teeth and gums. The teeth will be cleaned, to help remove plaque and residue. The teeth will also be polished.
How Can a Veterinarian Help with Pet Dental Problems?
If there are any problems with your pets' teeth, another appointment will be set. If a tooth has a cavity or is rotten, it will likely be pulled. Small cavities may be able to be filled in, but this is not very common. If an abscess is present, antibiotics will be started.
Contact Us Today
If it has been a year or longer since your pet last had a routine appointment or a dental check-up, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment.
At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, our Homer Glen veterinarian takes pride in maintaining a cat-friendly practice. Specifically, we offer a wide range of veterinary services for cats and kittens alike, and we do it all in a welcoming and low-stress atmosphere. Whether you've recently brought home a new cat or have simply been looking for a local vet you can trust with your entire cat's health and wellness needs, you've come to the right place.
Important Wellness Services for Cats Offered By Our Vet
Starting pretty much as soon as they're born, kittens need routine wellness care in order to remain healthy. If you've recently adopted a kitten, the first thing you should do is bring him or her in for a comprehensive wellness exam with our vet. All exams for new clients are just $15. From there, we recommend recurring wellness exams once a year for adult cats. Both kittens and cats should also be given up-to-date vaccinations as needed to keep them protected. Most kittens should begin receiving core vaccines around the age of six weeks, but additional vaccinations may be recommended as your pet ages. Some of the more common cat and kitten vaccinations we can administer in our office include:
Most kittens can also be spayed or neutered once they reach the age of six months. If your kitten is about this age (or older) and has not yet been spayed or neutered, this is a service we're able to provide in our office to help protect your pet's reproductive health while also preventing unwanted litters. Other cat veterinary services we provide include:
Blood and fecal testing
Schedule Your Cat's Wellness Exam With Our Homer Glen Vet
If you're looking to schedule your cat's appointment with our Homer Glen vet, feel free to contact Colonial Manor Animal Hospital today by calling our office at (708) 300-9755. We're open six days a week (including Saturdays) for your convenience.
Is your cat due for an exam or any other veterinary service?
Pet Poisoning and Treatment at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital
Curious dogs and cats sometimes eat things they shouldn’t and in most situations, pets get accidentally poisoned at home. Pet poisoning occurs when your pet eats or drinks a harmful substance. Depending on the substance consumed, it can affect your pet’s heart, brain, lungs, liver and/or kidneys so severely that your pet becomes ill. Even non-toxic things for humans can become a serious, life-threatening problem for cats and dogs, such as chocolate. It is important to know the symptoms of pet poisoning and have the number for your emergency vet handy in case your pet accidently consumes a poisonous substance.
Most Common Causes of Pet Poisoning
Pet poisoning can occur from many things, often times it is things that you would least expect to be harmful for your cat or dog. Not only can poisoning occur from ingesting toxic things, but it can also occur if your pet walks in materials that are toxic, such lawn fertilizers, pesticides and/or herbicides. Some of the most common causes of pet poisonings include:
Human medications, including prescription and over-the-counter
Household chemicals, such as cleaning products
Automotive products, such as antifreeze
Insecticides and rodenticides
Lawn and garden products
Pet Poisoning Symptoms
Many dog poisoning symptoms and cat poisoning symptoms are similar and may include:
Loss of appetite
Blood in the stool
Inability to urinate
Animal Poisoning Treatment
Animal poisoning treatment is dependent on the type of poison consumed and the animal’s symptoms. The most important thing to remember if your pet eats something poisoning is to immediately contact your emergency vet. In many situations, the vet will be able to recommend treatment that can be done quickly at home in order to lessen the symptoms until you can get to the veterinarians office. For example, if your pet has consumed poison, depending on the substance, such as medications, your vet may recommend making your pet vomit. However, in certain situations, such as if your pet consumed a substance that can cause lung infections when vomiting, your vet will instruct you on how to give activated charcoal in order to absorb the poison. If you do begin treatment at home, it is still essential that you take your pet to an emergency vet for additional treatment and follow-up care, which may include IV fluids and/or additional treatments to absorb or dispel the toxins.
Some pets, depending on the toxin, will show symptoms of pet poisoning right away; however, some pets have a delay in their symptoms appearing, so there is no way to determine how quickly your pet will become ill after consuming poisonous substances. The most important thing to remember is that if your pet is showing any signs or symptoms of poisoning, the sooner treatment is started, the greater the chance is of your pet recovering, so contact an emergency vet at the first sign of poisoning.
If you are concerned your dog or cat has been poisoned, contact Colonial Manor Animal Hospital immediately.
We at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital are proud to announce that our practice has recently achieved its AAHA re-accreditation. Having an accredited Homer Glen veterinarian assures you that your pet is getting the very best care.
AAHA: The Highest Standards for Veterinary Care
The AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) is an internationally respected organization that has taken the lead, since 1933, in promoting excellence in pet care. The AAHA is the only association in the U.S. and Canada that accredits companion animal veterinarians.
Our AAHA accreditation places us in an exclusive group. According to the AAHA, only 12-15% of all veterinarians in the U. S. and Canada have earned their accreditation, which is voluntary. Only vets who want to achieve this high standard apply.
The AAHA also provides veterinary hospitals with high-quality education and professional development.
Veterinarians who want to be accredited must show that they meet the AAHA’s high standards. Strict benchmarks are set for all aspects of pet care, including humane treatment, cleanliness, pain management, surgery, anesthesia, diagnostic tests, lab and office facilities, medical records, pharmacy, dental care, emergency services, ongoing education of the staff, and more. AAHA-accredited vets have strict cleaning protocols to prevent the spread of disease and protect your pet.
How Veterinarians Become AAHA-Accredited
To earn the AAHA seal of approval, every three years our practice goes through rigorous evaluations--using about 900 criteria--conducted by experts from the AAHA. The AAHA prides itself on offering a team-based approach, sharing its resources with all of our veterinary staff members, to keep their skills and confidence at the highest level.
We share the AAHA’s commitment to excellence. When you bring your pet to Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, you’ll know that your family member is being cared for by a team that meets the industry’s highest standards and is always up to date on the best treatments available.
Our Homer Glen Veterinarian Offers a Free Consultation to New Patients
Give us a call at 708-301-8200 today. Our friendly Homer Glen veterinarian staff is happy to answer any questions you have about our services.
Halloween in the Lockport area brings tricks, treats, and fun--it can also expose our pets to dangers. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, we want your pet to have a safe Halloween.
Safety Hazards to Protect Your Pet
1. Fire Displays. Jack-o-lanterns and votive candles can be knocked over, causing fires and injuries.
2. Glow Sticks. The liquid inside can upset your pet’s stomach.
3. Chocolate and Other Candy. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and cats. Symptoms of theobromine poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, panting, and agitation. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, is also toxic to pets. Contact your Homer Glen Veterinarian immediately if you think your pet has eaten a harmful amount of candy.
4. Candy Wrappers, Too! Plastic wrappers and lollipop sticks can be swallowed by your pet, causing choking or intestinal obstruction.
5. Edible Halloween Decorations. Eating large amounts of pumpkin or corn can cause digestive problems in your pet.
6. Electric and Battery Powered Displays. They can cause burns, electric shock or intestinal blockage if decorations or cords are chewed on by your pet.
7. Taking Pets Trick-or-Treating. Pets can be frightened by the sights and sounds of people in unfamiliar costumes. If you take your dog along, be sure they’re on a leash and wearing a reflective collar.
8. Pets Greeting Trick-or-Treaters at the Door. Keep pets in their crate or a separate room with TV or music on, to protect them from the extra stimulation.
9. Lost Pets. Pets in Lockport and everywhere should wear ID tags. Even better, have them microchipped. Our Homer Glen veterinarian can provide this valuable protection for your pet.
10. Pet Costumes. Halloween outfits can be uncomfortable for your pet. Costumes shouldn’t restrict sightlines or movement. Small parts can be a choking hazard. Never leave a costumed pet unattended.
Do you have tips or experiences to share about your pets and Halloween? Offer your comments below. If you are looking for a vet in the Lockport area, we are offering a free consultation for new patients! Call Colonial Manor Animal Hospital at 708-301-8200 to make your appointment with our Homer Glen Veterinarian.
When to Bring a Pet with Swollen Paws to Our Animal Hospital
Most cases of paw swelling and limping are attributed to overgrown toenails or wounds that have become infected. If you inspect your pet's swollen paw, can't find anything visibly wrong with the paw and your pet continues limping for the next 12 hours, please bring your pet to our animal hospital for diagnosis and treatment. Infections require antibiotics to eliminate bacteria before the infection can spread from the paw to your pet's limb.
Other Causes of Swollen Paws and Limping
Insect bites and stings, pad burns from walking on hot asphalt and insertion of thorns/needles may make it painful for your pet to walk. Dogs can break their toes if something heavy lands on their paws or they get their paws stuck under something and attempt to pull them out. Signs of a canine broken toe include limping, swelling and gait instability. Our animal hospital vet will x-ray your dog's paw to determine if the toe is fractured and requires taping.
Allergies that cause dogs and cats to lick, bite and chew paws can swell paws. In cases where an allergy is a culprit, your pet's paws may be, scabby, missing fur and appear discolored due to infection and constant licking.
Cats with Swollen Paws
Plasma cell pododermatitis is a strictly feline disease that may or may not clear up on its own. Foot pads of cats suffering plasma cell pododermatitis are swollen, scaly, soft and ulcerated. Veterinarians think this disease is associated with allergic reactions or feline immunodeficiency virus, a viral infection preventable with vaccinations.
Our animal hospital veterinarian will administer treatment according to what is causing your pet's swollen paws and limp. Infections are typically treated with an injection of antibiotics. if your vet suspects allergies or systemic diseases are making your pet's paws swell, diagnostic laboratory tests may be necessary to determine the underlying reason of paw pains.
If your pet is limping, please schedule an appointment today at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital today by calling 708-301-8200.
If your pet needs an ultrasound near Lockport IL, your veterinarian probably suspects your pet may have an internal medical problem requiring further evaluation. Medical imaging tests such as ultrasounds, allow vets to look closely at your pet's internal organs and eliminates the need for exploratory surgery. Reasons for pets undergoing an ultrasound include abnormal blood work, chronic diarrhea, unusual weight loss and infections.
Do Pets Have to be Sedated During an Ultrasound?
Most cats require sedation but calmer dogs may not need sedated. To capture clear, detailed pictures of your pet's internal organs, vets prefer animals lie still during the procedure. Depending on the area of the body being evaluated, pets may also need a small spot of their fur shaved. Also, your vet will ask that you withhold food from your pet about seven to eight hours before receiving an ultrasound near Lockport IL so that organs appear more distinct in images.
Your vet will place a handheld probe on your pet's skin and initiate emission of safe ultrasound waves into your pet's body. These waves echo against internal organs to provide precise images of organs to your vet via a computer screen. Ultrasounds are valuable for diagnosing masses and tumors, diseased organs and how well blood is flowing to organs. If a tumor is detected following an ultrasound near Lockport IL, your vet may want to perform a biopsy to determine if the tumor is benign or malignant.
How Long Does an Ultrasound Take?
A typical ultrasound takes less than one hour. You can either wait while your pet is having an ultrasound or make arrangements to pick up your pet at a certain time that day.
If you have additional questions about ultrasounds, medical imaging procedures and pets or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Colonial Manor Animal Hospital at 708-301-8200.
Pet Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment with a Homer Glen Veterinarian
Here at Colonial Animal Hospital, our Homer Glen veterinarian team understands that allergies can cause our furry friends more discomfort than their human companions often do. That’s why a regular part of our animal care involves treating both common pet allergies and emergency reactions to certain triggers. Here’s what you need to know about pets and allergies.
Common Pet Allergies our Glen Homer Veterinarian Team Treats
Our animal care team sees quite a few allergies both seasonally related and emergency related issues due to toxic exposure and toxic bites. However, most allergens respond much like human allergies do. Excessive sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes may be accompanied by sinus drainage even when the nose is dry to the touch. Your pet may suffer from itchy skin that causes them to scratch or gnaws excessively at certain parts of the body causing hot spots, bleeding or scaly skin. Allergy attacks can cause even the strongest to grow weary, so your pet may be a bit lethargic when allergens strike.
Emergency Allergy Reaction That Need Animal Care Immediately
Bites from insects and animals…toxic plants…food allergies—these can strike at any moment and your pet needs to visit an emergency animal hospital in Glen Homer right away. These signs include:
-Erratic Behaviors-Excessive Thirst, Vomiting, Bowel Movements & Frequent Urination-Signs of Shock-Swelling in the Organs or Limbs-Constant Panting or Breathing ComplicationsDiagnosing and Treating Pet Allergies
If you come in for a routine checkup and have concerns about allergies, we’ll ask you about your pet’s overall lifestyle and discuss any dietary or activity changes. We will evaluate your pet and if we cannot determine the cause of their issues, we can run a quick diagnostic check for the most common allergens and recommend an effective course of treatment. However, pets with emergency situations will be stabilized before this consultation. From there, we’ll help you manage symptoms and avoid triggers of your pet’s allergies.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation Today!
If you have concerns about pet allergies, take advantage of our free consultation at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital with our Homer Glen veterinarian at 708-301-8200.
Visit Our Full-Service Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, IL
Here at Colonial Manor Hospital, we’ve been proudly serving pets in the communities of Homer Glen, Lamont, Lockport, Fairmont and Oakland Hills, IL for more than 45 years. As a full service Homer Glen animal hospital, our experienced team offers care for all kinds of pets including exotic pets, pocket pets, rodents, turtles, snakes, chinchillas many more. If you are seeking the finest pet care from a Homer Glen vet or a Lockport veterinarian, come and visit our caring veterinarian in Home Glen team at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital.
Our Veterinarian in Homer Glen Team will Exceed Your Pet Care Expectations
We are thrilled to have a fantastic staff and a team of three caring and compassionate veterinarians with a wide range of experience and specialties in the field of pet care.
Meet Dr. David Ihrke, DVM—Dr. David Ihrke is a veterinarian with 21 years of experience with pet care, and he took over the family business in 2007 after the retirement of the founder Dr. George Ihrke. His special interest lie within the field of orthopedics, video endoscopy and ultrasound techniques.
Meet Dr. Debra Anello, DVM—Dr. Anello worked at Colonial Manor for eight years as a vet assistant as she worked her way through undergraduate studies and veterinary school at the University of Illinois. We’re so pleased to have her on our team for the past seven years, and her interests include internal medicine and client education.
Meet Dr. Marcus Taylor, DVM—Dr. Marcus has been a Homer Glen vet for nearly three years. He worked with our practice at a veterinary assistant for seven years before pursuing his degree, and we love having him back. His passion is feline medicine.
Tour Our Homer Glen Animal Hospital Facilities or Make an Appointment Today
At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, we are open 6 days a week with generous hours to serve you better. We offer preventive pet care, pet dental services, digital radiology, in-house diagnostics, orthopedic and laser surgery and much more. Call us today at 708-301-8200 today to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian in Homer Glen and Lockport veterinarian team today.
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