At Jewell Animal Hospital we believe you are your pet’s best advocate. It is our vision to work with you to provide the best prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for your pet. To help us achieve this goal, please take advantage of the following links to provide additional comfort and care for your animal.
Urban Pooch provides a higher standard of care for your urban pooch. They offer daycare, boarding, training, grooming & spa, massage & Reiki. They also carry a complete line of toys, supplies, and all-natural food and treats. - www.urbanpooch.com
Dogone Fun!, located on South State Street, offers daycare and boarding with plenty of space for your dog to run around. They also have on-site training, grooming, dog walking, and pet sitting. - www.dogonefunchicago.com
Barker Behavior offers excellent dog training, in-home consultations, seminars, and behavior modification programs. – www.barkerbehavior.com
Soggy Paws is a grooming facility located near our clinic. - www.soggypaws.com
The Barking Lot offers daycare boarding, grooming, training classes, a pet store on location, and in-home dog walking services. - www.barkinglotinc.com
Furring & Purr Associates specializes in personalized service for all of your dog walking and cat sitting needs. Their associates are bonded and insured and have extensive experience caring for pets of all ages and pets with special needs. - www.furringandpurr.com
Central Bark USA offers boarding, daycare, grooming, and a pet boutique all in one location. - www.centralbarkusa.com
Scrub a Dub Dub is a grooming facility in our neighborhood. - scrubadubdub
Bow Wow Lounge is in our neighborhood and offers boarding, daycare, and grooming. - www.bowwowlounge.com
Paws & Claws is family owned and operated. They offer a no-crate environment for dog boarding and spacious suites for cats. They also offer grooming, dog walking, and training. - www.pawslincolnsquare.com
Urban Pooch provides a higher standard of care for your urban pooch. They offer daycare, boarding, training, grooming & spa, massage & Reiki. They also carry a complete line of toys, supplies, and all-natural food and treats. www.urbanpooch.com
Check out Wigglyville pet store, specializing in high quality, healthy pet foods. - www.wigglyville.com
SIT Social is another pet boutique in our clinic’s neighborhood. They offer dog daycare, cage-free boarding, BYOB dog-friendly events, and more. – www.sitinchicago.com
MedVet Chicago can serve your emergency veterinary needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s located at 3123 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60618. 773.281.7110 - www.medvetchicago.com
BluePearl is a pet hospital that offers specialty care and 24-hour emergency care. They are located about 20 minutes from our clinic at 3735 Dempster, Skokie, IL 60076. 847.673.9110 – www.bluepearlvet.com
Senior Pet Care
The information below is based on the AAHA Senior Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats issued by the American Animal Hospital Association.
Senior Pet Care
Advances in veterinary medicine mean your pet can live much longer than before. However, along with the longer life comes a higher risk of health issues. Senior health issues include things like arthritis; kidney, heart and liver disease; tumors and cancer; diabetes and thyroid imbalances.
Just as your health care needs change as you age, the same is true for your pet. It's important for you to work closely with us to develop a health care plan for your older pet.
When does "Senior" Start?
How do you know when your pet is considered a senior?
In general, smaller dog breeds live longer than larger breeds. Small dog breeds may hit 10-13 years before they are considered senior. However, giant breeds can be classified as senior as early as five.
Also, cats typically live longer than dogs. Therefore, they often reach senior status later than dogs.
Keep in mind, lifespans vary for every individual pet. Our veterinarians will be able to determine if it’s time to start senior care for your dog or cat.
Senior Health Exams
The most important thing you can do for your older pet is to schedule regular veterinary exams. Routine exams help with early detection of problems such as arthritis. They can also help delay the onset or progress of issues like diabetes and kidney disease.
Even if your senior pet is healthy, a complete senior exam and lab testing every six months are recommended. Does twice a year seem too often? Remember, every year for a cat or dog is equal to 5-7 human years. And at this stage of their life, it’s important to stay current with your pet’s health status.
Lab testing is an essential tool in evaluating your pet's health. Initial testing provides a baseline. Even minor changes in results over time may signal an underlying disease. This is true even if your pet seems healthy. That’s why the AAHA recommends your middle-aged dog or cat have annual lab testing. Once your companion reaches senior status, lab testing is recommended every six months.
At a minimum, the following tests are recommended:
- Complete Blood Count: This test measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The results help to diagnose anemia, infections, and leukemia. A complete blood count might also be needed to monitor your pet's response to treatment.
- Urinalysis: This analysis helps detect the presence of specific substances not normally found in urine, such as protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood. Urinalysis can assist in the diagnosis of urinary tract infection, diabetes, kidney disease, and many other conditions.
- Blood-Chemistry Panel: This test measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorus. This information helps determine how organs, such as the kidneys and liver, are functioning. Sometimes further testing is recommended based on the results of this test.
- Parasite Evaluation: Microscopic examination of your pet's feces can provide information about many different types of diseases. Most importantly, this test helps determine the presence of intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and giardia.
For your cat, we may recommend an additional blood test to check for hyperthyroidism, a common disease in senior cats.
Additionally, we may recommend other tests depending on your pet's condition. These tests include blood pressure evaluation; urine protein evaluation; urine cultures; imaging such as x-rays and ultrasound, and others.
Additional tests are especially important for senior pets showing signs of sickness. They are also recommended in preparation for pet anesthesia and surgery.
The Effects of Age
Sensory Changes: As your pet reaches the senior years, a general "slowing down" will occur. As the major senses dull, your pet may have a slower response to sounds, smells, and sights. This loss of sensory perception often is gradual. You may not even realize it’s happening.
Your pet may also experience a mental decline with aging. Age-related behavior changes can also show up. For example, your pet may become more anxious or less active. Regular senior exams can help catch and treat these problems.
Physical Changes: It’s usually easier to notice the physical changes in your aging pet. If you see a significant change in behavior or the physical condition of your pet, it is important to notify us right away.
A common problem for the aging pet is having accidents in the house. If you are away all day, your older dog may not be able to hold it that long. Or your cat may not make it to the litter box on time. You may also notice urine drips out while your pet sleeps. Excessive urination or lack of control can indicate diabetes or kidney disease. Both of these conditions are treatable if caught early enough.
Pets experience pain just like humans do. At Jewell Animal Hospital, we look to identify, prevent and minimize pain in all senior dogs and cats.
There are two types of pain your pet could experience. One is acute pain. It comes on suddenly as a result of injury, surgery, or infection. The second is chronic pain, like arthritis. It usually develops slowly and is long-lasting. Both are important to manage to ensure your pet has a comfortable senior life.
You have a key role in monitoring whether your pet is suffering from pain. Be sure to watch for changes in behavior or physical conditions. Report anything unusual to us. This will help us develop an effective wellness plan for your senior pet.
Signs of a Problem
If you notice any of the signs below, contact us right away.
- Increased drinking/urination
- Sudden weight loss/gain
- Significant decrease/increase in appetite
- Repeated vomiting/diarrhea
- Difficulty in passing urine/stool
- Noticeable decrease in vision
- Open sores on the skin that don’t heal within a week
- Foul odor or drooling lasting more than two days
- Increasing size of the abdomen
- Excessive panting
- Inability to chew food
- Blood in stool/urine
- Sudden collapse
Pet Care Info and Tips
Pet Care Info and Tips
Check out www.veterinarypartner.com for a wide range of information regarding your pet's health.
For a list of common toxic houseplants, check out this ASPCA website. It also lists people foods to avoid feeding your pet. – www.aspca.org
For extensive information on your pet’s nutritional needs, label comparisons of common food brands, and other great nutrition-related details check out www.petdiets.com.
For more information about canine epilepsy, visit www.canine-epilepsy.com.
For information about various dog breeds, including temperament, exercise needs, training tips, and health concerns, check out www.dogbreed.com.
The Feline Health Center of Cornell University has a wealth of information on various health topics for your cat. – www.vet.cornell.edu
The Indoor Pet Initiative is a resource provided by the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Check it out for helpful information to enrich your cat’s life. - www.indoorpet.osu.edu/cats
For a comprehensive guide to cancer diagnosis and treatment in cats and dogs, visit www.petcancercenter.org
Cat diabetes is a treatable, manageable condition. Visit www.felinediabetes.com to learn more.
Check out pet care information and upcoming events in the Chicagoland area at Tails Pet Magazine
Informational Pet Care Videos
Pet Care Videos
Watch a video on how to give your cat a pill. - PetHealthNetwork
Watch a video on how to apply eye drops or ointment to your cat's eyes. - PetHealthNetwork
Watch a video on how to brush your cat’s teeth. - PetHealthNetwork
Learn how to give your cat subcutaneous fluids. - dvm360
This video discusses the care of your diabetic cat and demonstrates how to give insulin injections. - PetHealthNetwork
This video helps you to understand feline hyperthyroidism. - PetHealthNetwork
Learn how to trim your cat's nails. - PetHealthNetwork
Learn how to give your dog a pill. - PetHealthNetwork
Watch a video on how to apply eye drops or ointment to your dog's eyes. - PetHealthNetwork
Learn how to clean your dog's ears. - PetHealthNetwork
Learn why and how to care for your dog's teeth. - PetHealthNetwork
Watch this video to learn how to trim your dog's nails. - PetHealthNetwork
Ever wonder why your dog drags his butt? Watch this video. - PetHealthNetwork
Looking for a dog walker? Contact Cindy Joyner, the Original Paw Walker, by email: email@example.com or by phone: 773.469.7511.
If you have lost your pet or have found a stray animal, check the postings at www.lostdogsillinois.org. You can also download a new app called Finding Rover that uses face recognition software to place lost and found dogs!
Looking to adopt a pet? Check out www.petfinder.com
The ASPCA can provide expert advice on poison control, behavioral issues, disaster preparation, and numerous ways that you can help animals in need. – www.aspca.org
Read all about your dog’s breed, or research a potential new pet, at the American Kennel Club website. – www.akc.org
The Humane Society of the United States website will tell you how you can help support its pet and shelter services. – www.hsus.org
Pets with Disabilities specializes in the adoption of disabled pets and providing support for their owners. Learn more at www.petswithdisabilities.org.
For a list of dog-friendly places in your area, check out www.dogfriendly.com.
Click here to donate free food to animal shelters in the U.S. - www.theanimalrescuesite.com
The Anti-Cruelty Society, in conjunction with Animal Care and Control, is the city shelter of Chicago. It offers low-income spay/neuter, free feral cat spay/neuter, dog training classes, pet food pantries, and a free behavior helpline. – www.anticruelty.org
Animal Welfare League, the only existing Humane Society on Chicago’s south side, offers low-income veterinary services, training programs, and a food pantry program. - www.animalwelfareleague.com
Paws Chicago, the city’s largest no-kill shelter, offers a low-income spay/neuter clinic, free services to families living within specific zip codes, and a free trap-neuter-release program for feral cats. – www.pawschicago.org
Tree House Animal Foundation is a cageless cat shelter that also offers a low-income clinic and a pet food pantry program. – www.treehouseanimals.org
Felines & Canines is a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Edgewater. – www.felinescanines.org
Red Door Animal Shelter is a cageless shelter for cats, rabbits, and dogs. They also have a pet food pantry program. – www.reddoorshelter.org
Harmony House is a cageless, cats-only shelter. – www.hhforcats.org
Heartland Animal Shelter houses both dogs and cats in the shelter and in foster care. –www.heartlandanimalshelter.org
Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation is a dogs-only organization that specializes in dogs considered too young, too old, too sick or who have special needs. Contact them for information on adopting or fostering one of their dogs. –www.chicagocaninerescue.com
Adopt-a-Pet houses all of their adoptable animals in foster care or at participating veterinary clinics. –www.adoptapet-il.org
New Leash on Life is a dogs-only organization that houses all of their pets in foster care. – www.nlol.org
Petfinder.com is a virtual “lost and found” and an adoption website. Most of Chicago’s shelters and adoption organizations post pictures of their pets on this website. – www.petfinder.com
From the Doctor...
My goal at Jewell Animal Hospital is to provide a warm, caring, and flexible environment for pets and their owners. With an emphasis on great customer service and the latest medical, surgical, and pain management techniques, I want clients to feel that their companion animals are getting the best possible care available anywhere in Chicago!