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Our specialty and emergency veterinary team at Companion Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital share useful tips and advice to help you provide your pets with lifelong care.

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Why is My Dog Constipated & What to Do

Why is My Dog Constipated & What to Do

Constipation is an uncomfortable condition that can affect dogs of any breed, age, size, or lifestyle. In this article, our Crystal Lake vets will explore one of the most common digestive issues seen in pets and discuss the causes of constipation in dogs, along with treatment options.

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Asthma in Cats

Asthma in Cats

Asthma is a difficult-to-diagnose condition in cats. The symptoms often resemble those of other respiratory illnesses. In this post, our Crystal Lake vets share the asthma symptoms in cats, how this condition can be treated and managed, and the prognosis.

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Best Dog Breeds for Kids

Best Dog Breeds for Kids

Knowing which dog breed will be right for you, especially if you are a family with young children, can be tough. What are the traits that you should look for? In this post, our vets in Crystal Lake share some of the best dog breeds for families with kids and what makes them a good fit.

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Constipation in Dogs

Constipation in Dogs

While occasional gastrointestinal upset may not be concerning, constipation can seriously impact your pup's health. Here, our Crystal Lake vets discuss the common signs, causes and methods of treating constipation in dogs and when emergency care is needed. 

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X-Rays for Dogs

X-Rays for Dogs

Diagnostic imaging can be used to monitor and diagnose a range of illnesses and medical conditions in your pet's body. Here, our Crystal Lake veterinary specialists share the common uses of X-rays for dogs and what you can expect from veterinary diagnostic imaging in our laboratory.

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Breathing Difficulties in Dogs & Cats

Breathing Difficulties in Dogs & Cats

While pets may occasionally pant with no serious underlying cause, trouble catching their breath requires urgent care. Labored breathing means that your pet is struggling to breathe properly. Here, our Crystal Lake vets share the signs of breathing difficulties in dogs and cats and what to do if your pet displays labored breathing.

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Excessive Panting in Dogs

Excessive Panting in Dogs

When dogs are running or playing, we can expect them to begin breathing heavily. But what about when they are relaxed? Here, our Crystal Lake vets talk about why your pup may begin to breathe rapidly and when excessive panting in dogs is an emergency.

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Chronic Otitis in Dogs: Causes & Prevention

Chronic Otitis in Dogs: Causes & Prevention

Ear infections can cause uncomfortable symptoms and may recur. Here, our Crystal Lake vets discuss the impact of chronic otitis in a dog’s ear, including the signs, causes, and how to prevent it.

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The Importance of Regular Fecal Exams for Dogs & Cats

The Importance of Regular Fecal Exams for Dogs & Cats

Diagnostic tests, including fecal exams, are used to help diagnose conditions and keep your pet healthy. Here, our veterinary specialists in Crystal Lake talk about why fecal exams are important for pets and what can happen if you don't bring your cat or dog in for routine testing.

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Signs of Pain in Cats & What Can Help

Signs of Pain in Cats & What Can Help

Your cat's level of comfort will directly affect their overall quality of life. Depending on the cause, pain may make it difficult for them to eat, move or sleep. Here, our Crystal Lake vets discuss the signs and causes of pain in cats and how veterinary integrative medicine like acupuncture can help manage their symptoms.

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