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November 2016 Newsletter

Abell’s monthly newsletters are available for tidbits of information regarding pet healthcare. Please feel free to share these with your family and friends.


  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


  • November: Are calico cats always female in gender.

    • TRUE

    • The answer is in their genetics! The color coat of cats is a sex linked trait meaning the physical characteristic of their color coat is related to gender. Female cats have two X chromosomes and males have one X and one Y chromosome. The color coat for orange and black is on the X chromosome and the color coat for white is on a completely separate gene. Therefore since females have two X chromosomes, they are able to display the colors of black, orange, and white thus creating the calico color mix we see on female cats.

  • December: People medications are okay to give to dogs and cats.

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


Having a hard time giving or remembering to give Fluffy his/her monthly heartworm medication?

  • Try Proheart! It is an injectable preventable heartworm medication that last 6 MONTHS! The route of administration is similar to administering a vaccine and can be performed during the time of Fluffy’s annual exam. So if you have a hard time remembering to give your four legged friend his/her heartworm medication please give us a call.


Leptospirosis is in Chicago! There has been a steady rise of Leptospirosis in the Chicagoland area recently due to the recent rise in rat population and wet weather. Leptospirosis is a bacteria found in rodent and wild life urine in which our pets can become infected by accidently drinking contaminated water. Symptoms include flu like symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, and can lead to death. It is also zoonotic which means people are also susceptible to the bacteria. Prevention is usually the key which is why we recommend the Leptospirosis vaccine. Please give us a call if you would like to update Fluffy with the vaccine!

Pet Food Recalls

October 7, 2016 – Voluntary Recall of Limited Number of CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor Wet Dog Food Because of Potential Presence of Plastic (The link below has further information)


Check out the link below for the latest pet food recalls in your area.



This month Abell Animal Hospital is offering a discount on select heartworm and flea/tick prevention. For November, we are continuing to offer a special on PROHEART and BRAVECTO. If you purchase 12 months of Proheart and 12 months of Bravecto, two lucky furry pooches will be randomly selected to win a year supply of flea, tick, and heartworm prevention!! Call today to schedule your yearly exam!


Gobble Gobble it’s almost Turkey Time! With Thanksgiving coming around the corner it’s important to remember to keep your furry family members away from things such as bones and fatty foods as it can really upset their digestive symptoms causing them to become lethargic, vomit, and/or have diarrhea. But if Fluffy somehow gets a hold of those Thanksgiving goodies that you tried so hard to keep them out of paws reach, please feel free to 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



Signs of anxiety are subtle in dogs. Often time they are so subtle that we don’t notice them until they are very overwhelmed and may start to bite or destroy property. Signs of anxiety in dogs include yawning when not tired, licking lips when food is not present, wagging their tail between their legs, sudden itching or chewing, hiding behind a person or object, standing with one paw raised off the ground, and/or rapid panting. It is much easier to recognize the signs early and identify the possible underlying cause to Fluffy’s anxiety in order to correct the behavior compared to addressing their anxiety when they are either already showing signs of aggression such as biting or destroying property. If you are noticing any signs of anxiety with your pet and are concerned that it may escalate please give us a call to schedule an appointment.


Does my pet need to be on flea and tick preventative year round?

It is always recommended that Fluffy or Kitty be on flea and tick preventative year round! Chicago weather can be unpredictable and sometimes we have rather warm winters in which temperatures can reach in to the 70s in the middle of February! Once fleas enter the home environment it can be very difficult to eliminate especially when there are multiple pets in the home. That is why it is important to keep your pets on flea/tick preventative year round as these parasites need your pet to survive. Keeping them on preventatives year round is the only way to break the cycle. No access of your pet to feed on means NO FLEAS!


Mani is a 16 year old male neutered Shih Tzu that belongs to Dr. Kung. She has had him since he was 8 weeks old! Dr. Kung tells everyone that Mani is her favorite but asks that you please make sure not to mention that to her other two dogs at home so as not to cause any jealousy.


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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