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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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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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Understanding Blood Tests for Cats

Understanding Blood Tests for Cats

Your cat will have a variety of testing done throughout their life, including bloodwork. These tests help detect diseases and protect their overall health. Here, our Crystal Lake vets talk about the different types of blood tests for cats, why they are needed and when they might be done.

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Natural Treats & Healthy Snack Alternatives for Dogs

Natural Treats & Healthy Snack Alternatives for Dogs

Do you love how excited your furry friend gets when treats are offered to them? While it may cause happiness for both you and them, it can also lead to weight gain and serious issues like heart conditions. Here, our vets in Crystal Lake talk about healthy snack alternatives and share some of the best natural treats for dogs.

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Ultrasound Examinations for Dogs

Ultrasound Examinations for Dogs

Is your canine companion in need of diagnostic imaging? Would you like to learn more about what to expect? Our vets in Crystal Lake talk about ultrasounds for dogs, what happens during an ultrasound examination, and what they tell us about the health of your pet.

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My Cat Sleeps Constantly: How much is too much and when should I worry?

My Cat Sleeps Constantly: How much is too much and when should I worry?

One thing that we often hear about cats is that they love to nap. But how often does this mean and are they actually asleep the whole time? Here, our Crystal Lake vets talk about how often cats sleep at each age, what kind of sleep they get, and when it might be time to worry.

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What is Kennel Cough in Dogs? Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

What is Kennel Cough in Dogs? Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

For dogs who socialize, there is a risk of contracting serious illnesses and diseases. Luckily vaccines can help to prevent this. Our Crystal Lake vets talk about the causes and symptoms of kennel cough in dogs, how your pup will be diagnosed, and how you can lower the risk of infection.

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Cushing's Disease in Dogs

Cushing's Disease in Dogs

Cushing's disease is a serious health condition that causes an increase in the amount of cortisol produced by the body. This can have a detrimental effect on their health and bodily functions. Our Crystal Lake vet specialists discuss the effects of Cushing's disease on dogs, what the life expectancy is, and the potential treatment options.

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The 15 Cutest Cat Breeds You Will Love

The 15 Cutest Cat Breeds You Will Love

Have you decided to add a new furry friend to your home and family? They can be a great addition, but how do you choose a breed? Here, our Crystal Lake vets share a list of the 15 cutest cat breeds and some information about each one to assist you in choosing.

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Limping Dogs: How does it happen?

Limping Dogs: How does it happen?

While routine care and vaccinations help to protect your dog against many serious conditions, accidents can happen at any time which can leave your dog with an injury. Here, our Crystal Lake vets discuss the causes of leg injuries and how your dog's limping may be treated.

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