Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The holidays are quickly approaching!

This is a special time for everyone, including your furry family members. When preparing for the festivities, it is always important to consider your pets because we often don't realize that they can get sick from the things we take for granted...like the plants that we bring in for the holiday! Mistletoe, Poinsettias and Holly are a few that can be dangerous if consumed. Protect your pet as you start to decorate for the holiday season.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Missing a turkey wing?

Missing a turkey wing? To make sure your dinner doesn't fly away, we want to remind you to have plenty of food and treats for your four legged friend on Thanksgiving. Remind your guests to please “do not” feed the pets.Those tasty turkey bones can splinter and perforate the stomach and other major organs. Ingesting a bone is a common holiday hazard. Cooked poultry bones may seem like the perfect gift for your pet, but do him a favor and save them for the soup. Even large cooked bones are prone to splintering, which can pierce through the animal’s intestines. Keep pets safe this Thanksgiving holiday.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Celebrating the holidays at your house this year?

We want to remind you to keep an eye on the foods your pet eats during this time.   Some foods like chocolate or onions can be toxic to your pet, while other fatty foods such as meats and cheeses can cause pancreatitis, a painful GI condition that often requires hospitalization.  To keep your pet safe and healthy, keep hard to resist items out of reach and feed only foods and treats made specifically for him or her. Just a fall reminder from the staff at Pekin Veterinary Clinic.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pet of the Month

Pekin Veterinary Clinic would like to honor Jackson Laux as Pet of the Month. Jackson is a great client and everyone here loves when Jackson comes to visit!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Protect pets from the cold this season...

If your pet enjoys playing outdoors this time of year, be sure to provide them with appropriate shelter from the cold, windy weather we can experience. Nobody likes to be stuck outside in the wind and cold. Be sure to keep an eye on your pets and let them inside if you notice the weather taking a turn for the worse. Just a fall tip from your friends at Pekin Veterinary Clinic.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pekin Veterinary Clinic would like to honor Dr. Walsh as staff member of the month.

Pekin Veterinary Clinic would like to honor Dr. Walsh as staff member of the month. We thank her for all her contributions to the practice.

"I knew at a very young age that I wanted to become a veterinarian.  I grew up on a farm where my family now raises Black Angus cattle.  While growing up, our farm was home to pigs, horses, and chickens as well as cats and dogs.  I have had a lifelong love for animals.  I now have a St. Bernard named Berniece who was a present for me when I graduated from veterinary school.  She is a big girl but will bow down to our three cats in the house.  Minnie and Macy we have had since kittens, and we just adopted Woody who is around 3 years old.  My other family members include my husband, Andy, who is the principal at Olympia Middle School, my son Noah, and our newest addition, Lily." 

"I graduated from the University of Illinois Veterinary teaching hospital in 2005.  I spent my undergraduate years at Illinois State University in Normal.  I practiced mixed animal medicine for my first 4 years out of veterinary school, but now I am very happy to concentrate on small animals.  I started at Pekin Veterinary Clinic in August 2010 and am thoroughly enjoying my work.  Everyone shares the same passion as I do for animals and their care.   My favorite part of my job is seeing how much joy animals bring to people."

Join Pekin Veterinary Clinic's Book Club!

Join Pekin Veterinary Clinic's Book Club! November’s Selection is 'From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava', by Jay Kopelman. We encourage you to read the book this November, and on December 13th we invite you to join us in a blog discussion. Read Lava's story this month and join us for discussions on December 13th.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Seasonal Tip from Pekin Veterinary Clinic

Just because the leaves are falling doesn’t mean the fleas and ticks have gone.  Falling leaves bring jumping fleas that will make your pet’s life miserable until a hard freeze wipes them out. We can recommend remedies to alleviate your pet’s suffering from these pesky critters. Just a fall tip from the team at Pekin Veterinary Clinic.