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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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Diarrhea in Dogs

Diarrhea in Dogs

It can be concerning if your dog has diarrhea and you don't know the reason why, especially if it won't stop. Our Crystal Lake vets explain some possible causes of diarrhea in dogs and what you can do to help.

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My Cat Won't Drink Water! What Should I do?

My Cat Won't Drink Water! What Should I do?

Hydration is important to your cat's skin, coat, and organ health. It is reasonably concerning to an owner when their kitty suddenly stops drinking water. In this post, our Crystal Lake veterinarians list some reasons why your cat may not be drinking water and what to do.

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Why Is My Cat Breathing Heavily?

Why Is My Cat Breathing Heavily?

We often associate heavy breathing with dogs, as panting is how they cool down. In cats, however, this behavior is not very common. Our Crystal Lake vets share some reasons why your cat could be breathing heavily and when you should be concerned.

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Does my cat need a friend? Adopting a second cat.

Does my cat need a friend? Adopting a second cat.

Despite their reputation as independent creatures, cats are social animals who thrive on forming intimate bonds with other animals. Here, our Crystal Lake veterinarians talk about bringing a second cat into your home, as well as how to introduce them to each other.

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Pet Eating Problems: Why Won't My Dog Eat?

Pet Eating Problems: Why Won't My Dog Eat?

It can be concerning if your dog suddenly stops eating, especially if they usually have an enthusiastic appetite. In this post, our Crystal Lake vets discuss some reasons why your dog might not be eating and what you can do to help them get their appetite back.

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Common Cat Illnesses & Their Symptoms

Common Cat Illnesses & Their Symptoms

Cat's are incredibly good at hiding when they aren't feeling well. Here our Crystal Lake vets discuss some of the most common illnesses that a cat might experience, their symptoms and what to do if your cat experiences any of the following conditions. 

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Plants That Are Toxic to Cats

Plants That Are Toxic to Cats

We may not realize it but many of our household plants are actually toxic to cats. If your cat decides to eat one of these toxic plants it will be helpful to know the type of plant consumed in order to inform your Crystal Lake vet.

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Kidney Failure in Dogs - Signs, Symptoms & Causes

Kidney Failure in Dogs - Signs, Symptoms & Causes

While relatively uncommon, kidney or renal failure could affect your dog. Our vets in Crystal Lake discuss the signs and symptoms of kidney failure in dogs, as well as what the most common causes and treatments are.

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Dehydration in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Dehydration in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

One of the more common emergencies that our Crystal Lake vets manage in dogs is dehydration. Dehydration occurs when your dog's body loses more water and electrolytes than they are taking in which has the potential to cause serious issues with their internal organs, body temperature, joints, and digestion.

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What is an AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital?

What is an AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital?

Companion Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital proud to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) by meeting the rigorous veterinary service and care requirements.

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Companion Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital is accepting new patients! Our specialists and experienced emergency veterinarians are passionate about restoring good health to animal companions in Crystal Lake.

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