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July Newsletter 2016

Happy Fourth of July! Abell’s monthly newsletters are available for tidbits of information regarding pet healthcare. Dr. Aisha Kung is now in charge of the newsletter since Dr. Alicia Rueschhoff is unfortunately no longer with the practice. Our apologies for taking a short hiatus during the transition but now that the newsletter is back, hopefully this will help increase clients education and their relationship with Abell Animal Hospital. We are hopeful this will aid you in keeping your furry family member healthy! Please feel free to share these with your family and friends.

What to expect from our monthly newsletters:
1. Fact or Fiction? We will provide a “True” or “False” statement and you will receive the answer with the next month’s newsletter
2. Information regarding services we offer at our practice, that you might be unaware of.
3. New information regarding any recalls or other matters pertaining to your pet’s health.
4. Updates on monthly discounts offered at Abell Animal Hospital.
5. Seasonal recommendations for your pet.
6. Behavior training recommendations for your pet.
7. Question of the month. One client’s burning questions will be answered by a veterinarian.
8. Pet of the month


  • July: A wagging dog = a happy dog.

    • FALSE

    • For the most part, when a dog wags his or her tail they are happy. However, sometimes a wagging tail can also mean they are over stimulated, anxious, fearful, frustrated, or defensive over a situation. Therefore, we have to examine the rest of Fluffy’s body language to determine their mood. As a general rule of thumb, the position of the tail can help give us an insight into how they are feeling. Typically, a tail that is of a middle height position suggests Fluffy is relaxed, attentive, and happy. If the tail is more vertical, this suggests Fluffy is over confident, over stimulated, or possibly feels threatened. If the tail tends to be down or tucked, this is a sign of submission, fear, anxiety, or defensive.

  • August: One dog year = seven human years.

Tune in next month to find out the answer for August. Let us know what you think on our facebook page!

Did you know that we have a new laser therapy machine!!!

  • Laser therapy is safe, painless, fast, and FDA cleared for treatment!

  • Our new laser therapy is great for reducing swelling from wounds and ear infections, arthritis, or post surgical pain. It can even help reduce the amount of time for recovery after surgical procedures by speeding up the healing process! Please give us a call or stop by to ask us about the laser therapy packages we offer!

Products Recalled in May: Blue Buffalo Life Protection Fish and Sweat Potato for potential mold growth. Click on the link below for more information!

Canine Influenza is Still Around! Although we have not had such a huge epidemic compared to last year, it is still present in the Chicagoland area. So please, make sure your furry family members are up to date with the canine influenza vaccines. It is recommended that Fluffy receives both the H3N8 and H3N2 vaccine strains to help protect him/her from the influenza virus. Abell offers both vaccines, so stop by and ask or call to schedule an appointment!

This month Abell Animal Hospital is offering a discount on select heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention. For July, we are running a special on HEARTGARD and NEXGARD or FRONTLINE PLUS. If you purchase 12 months of Heartgard and 7 months of either Nexgard or Frontline Plus, you will receive 2 months FREE of the flea/tick preventative, a $35 rebate, a $10 discount on the heartworm test, and a FREE Kong!!!!! Call today to schedule your yearly exam!

The 4th of July is right around the corner! Please remember to keep your furry family members away from things such as bones and fatty foods while barbequing as we see a lot of pets during this time for gastrointestinal symptoms such as not eating, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. However if Fluffy accidently gets his or her paws on a plate of ribs that you spent hours grilling to perfection, please feel give us a call (773) 631-6727, an emergency clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control for further recommendations. The ASPCA poison control is available 24/7, (888) 426-4435, a $65 consultation fee may apply. They also have a mobile app that you can download on your smart phone, follow the link below.

Local Emergency Clinics
Blue Pearl in Skokie (847) 673-9110.
Blue Pearl in Northfield (847) 564-5775
Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove (847) 459-7535
MedVet in Chicago on Clybourn Ave (773) 281-7110

ASPCA Mobile App Link

Foods considered toxic and/or dangerous for Fluffy!
Alcohol Chocolate, Caffeine, Coffee
Grapes and Raisins Peach Pits
Apple Seeds Chewing Gums Containing Xylitol
Cherry Pits Avocados
Bones and Fatty Foods Onions and Garlic

Go to the links below for full list of foods to stay away from:


Noise phobia is an excessive fear of loud noises such as thunderstorms, fireworks, or loud machinery such as the vacuum or construction noises.

This is a common problem especially around the Forth of July holiday season. It results in Fluffy attempting to avoid or escape from the sound which may cause self injury or damage/destruction of property. Symptoms to noise phobias include panting, trembling, excessive drooling, whining, chewing, house soiling, pacing, hiding, digging, barking, seeking out owner, and/or avoidance of the loud noise. These symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Typically dogs with noise phobias will not usually outgrow this behavior and treatment options vary depending on the severity of the noise phobia. In general treatment requires reducing Fluffy’s overall fear to that particular noise that he/she is afraid and punishment should be avoided. Some approaches include behavior modification, positive reinforcement, environmental control, training aides, pheromone therapy, and/or drug therapy.

For dogs with a mild noise phobia, sometimes providing Fluffy access to a place to hide such as a favorite room in the house or a crate with a cover helps them feel safe, wearing a thunder shirt to help him/her feel more secure, and/or pheromone therapy such as an Adaptil Diffuser to help ease Fluffy’s fear. For dogs with a severe noise phobia, drug therapy may be needed to aide in their symptoms.

Medications we carry include alprazolam, otherwise known as Xanax, trazodone, acepromazine, or a more natural supplement called Zylkene. These medications take time to become fully affective and therefore it is usually best to give a few hours or sometimes days in advance for them to be fully affective. Please give us a call if your pet needs any of these medications prior to the Forth of July!

No matter what methods help your pet, it is important to remember there is not one main form of treatment and no matter what route of therapy provided, behavior modification techniques and controlling the environment must be used in conjunction with other therapies to reduce your pet’s fear of noises. Below is a link that may further help your pet learn to live with their noise phobia.

Why does my dog like to eat grass?
This question comes up a lot during visits to the clinic with Fluffy. No one really knows why some dogs like to eat grass but it does not necessarily mean it is a sign of illness. One theory is that it’s a sign of nausea or stomach upset and that by eating grass, this helps them settle their stomach or will induce vomiting. Another theory is that some dogs tend to have an obsessive compulsive disorder and are fixated on grass chewing when going out on walks. Whatever the underlying reason may be, it is important to remember that eating grass does not necessarily mean Fluffy is sick. If there is a concern it is always best to give us a call and schedule an appointment for an exam for further evaluation.

Meet Dakota and Ryder! They were both adopted by the Stark family a few months ago. Dakota is an 8 month old Chihuahua mix (left) and Ryder is a 7 month old Jack Russell Terrier mix (right). They both came to Abell recently to get neutered and are recovering well at home!

Please send us a picture and a small paragraph about your pet to get them featured in our next newsletter. Send the information to Abellanimal@gmail.com Attention PET OF THE MONTH.

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