Our Loves Park, IL Veterinarian Manages Your Pet's
Our Animal Hospital of Loves Park veterinarian and pet care team will treat and help you manage your pet's chronic conditions. Some of the more common conditions managed at Animal Clinic of Loves Park are:
Arthritis is common in cats and dogs. Arthritis affects the joints and occurs when cartilage becomes damaged. You may notice your pet is lethargic or does not jump the way he or she did in the past.
Cancer, the abnormal growth of cells, occurs in animals. A diagnosis of cancer in your pet is devastating. However, it may not be terminal. Many treatments exist for cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. A mix of treatments may be the best option for your pet. Dr. Amin may recommend taking your pet to a veterinarian oncologist in some cases.
Diabetes Mellitus occurs when your pet's pancreas stops producing enough insulin. Diabetic symptoms include weight loss, increased thirst, weakness, change in appetite, depression, frequent urination, and urinary tract infections. Diabetes is not curable, but is manageable with insulin, exercise, and a special diet.
Hypothyroidism in Dogs
Hypothyroidism refers to a natural deficiency of thyroid hormone. The most common hormone imbalance of dogs, this hormone deficiency mostly occurs due to immune destruction of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism may occur in any dog, but is most common in medium and large breeds during middle age (4 to 10 years old).
Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Hyperthyroidism commonly occurs in middle-aged and older cats. A tumor on the thyroid gland produces a surplus of thyroid hormone, which causes hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include weight loss without a change in appetite, personality changes, diarrhea, and vomiting.
A liver shunt refers to a blood vessel that bypasses the liver, depositing toxins directly into the bloodstream. Liver shunts can be congenital or acquired. Some pets respond well to medicinal management while other pets require surgery.
Obesity causes other health problems such as heart conditions, diabetes (common in cats), and arthritis. Weight Control For Senior Pets is an essential topic for owners of senior pets. Older pets may not be able to exercise the way they did earlier in life.
Vertigo (Old Dog Vestibular Syndrome)
Vertigo will cause your dog to stagger or have trouble standing up. Some pet owners mistake vertigo symptoms for stroke symptoms. The recovery time for vertigo is usually only 2 - 3 weeks. If your pet is exhibiting signs of vertigo, take your pet to see a veterinarian. Your pet may be suffering from an ear infection, ear tumor, or other ear condition.
Contact Our Veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Loves Park Now
Bring your animal to Animal Hospital of Loves Park for treatment of chronic health issues. We care for pets residing in Loves Park, IL, Machesney Park, IL, Rockford, IL, and Roscoe, IL. Schedule an appointment by calling 815-986-4445 or use our online system to contact us.