Medical District Veterinary Clinic Is Growing

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Dear Friends,

As some of you may have heard, as of December 9, Veterinary Specialty Center will no longer be providing emergency and specialty services at the location next door to Medical District Veterinary Clinic.

While we have enjoyed a working relationship with VSC at Illinois over the past four years, the change does allow us to focus completely on the health and wellness needs of our primary care patients and their families.

Within the next month we will be adding a third doctor, Dr. Amber Slaughter. Dr. Slaughter is originally from Oak Park, but is currently practicing in Seattle, Wash. We are excited that she will be moving back to Chicago and joining our team.

The addition of Dr. Slaughter will allow us to have more available appointments, and we will be exploring the possibility of extended hours. We will let you know very soon what our recommendation will be for our clients who need afterhours care for their pets.

We thank you for your loyalty to Medical District Veterinary Clinic and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. We promise to continue to serve you and your pets with the highest level of care and compassion.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

Dr. Drew Sullivan and Dr. Brett Grossman

Illini Pet Fair on November 19

Illini Pet Fair

Illini Pet Fair
Saturday, November 19
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Medical District Veterinary Clinic
2242 W. Harrison, Chicago
Free Admission

You and your pet are invited to join us outside of the Medical District Veterinary Clinic for Illini Days fun at the Illini Pet Fair, hosted by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

We’ll have a photo booth with fun props (for you and your pet!) and we’ll post images to Facebook, where we’ll hold an Illini Days 2016 Best in Show bragging rights contest. Our clinic’s medical director, Dr. Drew Sullivan, will be on hand 9-11 a.m. and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kelly Ballantyne from Veterinary Behavior at Illinois will be there 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to chat and answer your questions. Plus, there will be giveaways and goodies for you and your pets, including apple cider, hot chocolate, paw print cookies, Rice Krispie treats, and Einstein doggy bagels. Get a free “Illini Pet” tag so your little buddy can show some Illini pride! We hope to see you there!

 

 

Pet Obesity Concerns

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Obesity is a major problem for dogs and cats in the United States—in fact October 12 was National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over 50% of dogs and cats are either overweight or obese. Obesity is often overlooked as a problem by pet owners, but as a veterinarian, I feel it is very important that owners understand the risk factors associated with obesity in their furry family members. Our society has become accustomed to the overweight look. The new “normal” for dogs and cats is overweight. The ideal weight animal is now often viewed as “skinny.” Additionally, with the ever-growing human-animal bond, we are seeing more obesity, since food is often viewed as a form of love. Dogs love treats, and when they give us those little eyes, how can you resist just one more treat?

If you knew what “just one more treat” could do over the years, it may help you resist. There are many risk factors associated with excessive weight in animals. The list includes many of the same risks factors seen in humans: osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, cranial cruciate ligament injury (knee injuries), kidney disease, and decreased life expectancy due to poor quality of life.

I believe that a major problem contributing to pet obesity is pet food companies feeding guidelines. In most cases, pet owners are not purposefully trying to make their animals overweight. They feed according to the guidelines, then they add in treats and dental chews and the occasional table scrap. Dogs and cats don’t need that many calories. When owners are feeding their entire daily caloric need in food, then supplementing treats, this results in weight gain and, ultimately, obesity.

We recommend dogs be fed on a daily caloric need versus based on the feeding guidelines on a bag. We are more than happy to calculate your pet’s daily caloric need based on his/her ideal body weight. We would also be happy to discuss lower calorie food options that may help your little one get to his/her ideal body weight as soon as possible, thus reducing the risk for the many above-mentioned health risks.

Drew Sullivan, DVM, Director
Medical District Veterinary Clinic

Thank You, Vet Techs!

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Veterinary technicians are vital to our practice and to the care of your pets. If we were to compare a veterinary technician to a position in the human medicine field, they play a role very similar to a registered nurse (RN). October 16-22 was National Veterinary Technician Week. I would like to let our clients know how much we appreciate all our technicians do for us.

The following is a short list of the many duties they perform: providing client education on wellness care, behavior recommendations, nutritional recommendations, preparing animals for exams or surgery, monitoring animals during surgery, collecting lab samples, running laboratory test, taking X-rays, administering medications and vaccines, and maintaining patient records.

Here at Medical District Veterinary Clinic we are fortunate to have six certified veterinary technicians on staff. Thank you to our amazing team: Candace Crawford, Kelsie Dolezal, Alexandra Garcia, Kyleen Linsemeyer, Crystal Redinger, and Priscilla Wegrzyn. Next time you are in let them know how much you appreciate them—this clinic would not be the same without them. See our profiles of them on our Facebook page.

Drew Sullivan, DVM, Director
Medical District Veterinary Clinic