Allyson Harris, DVM

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Pet Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Pet Diabetes: What You Need To Know

What You Need to Know About Pet Diabetes Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that develops when the insulin produced by the body isn’t enough to regulate blood sugar levels. About 10% of all dogs that reach 12 years of age will develop diabetes. It occurs less commonly in cats but is just as serious when

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Silent Suffering: Pain Care When Our Pets Hurt

Silent Suffering: Pain Care When Our Pets Hurt
Pets can’t tell us when they hurt or why. Therefore, pain often goes undetected, and underlying medical conditions, untreated. A pet that "bunny hops" up a flight of stairs may seem cute, but may also be suffering pain due to osteoarthritis in the back or hips, hip dysplasia, or painful knees. When a cat holdsRead more

Hidden Realities of Pet Obesity

Hidden Realities of Pet Obesity

The Prevalence of Pet Obesity and It’s Inherent Risks Pet obesity is on the rise, and Woodlawn Animal Hospital is in the fight to stop it before it starts. Current rates of 52% in dogs, 58% in cats, reflect increases in both categories over 5 years. The extra bulk is impacting pets’ health and longevity.

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Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Did you know that when we’re hot, it’s even worse for pets? Here’s a quick review of summer safety tips for your pets from Woodlawn Animal Hospital. Summer Safety Can Be Critical Noticing the signs of heat stroke can be the difference between life and death. If you notice any one of these symptoms, take

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The Adoption Option: Are You Ready for a Rescued Pet?

The Adoption Option: Are You Ready for a Rescued Pet?

The Big Hearts of People Who Adopt At Woodlawn Animal Hospital, we admire pet lovers who rescue pets or adopt a rescued pet from a shelter. Many who adopt already have pets at home, and volunteer for adoption out of generosity and compassion. We’re taking this month to recognize these special heroes with a promotion

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Lyme Disease and Your Pets

Lyme Disease and Your Pets

Symptoms of Lyme Disease Let’s answer your most urgent question first: what does Lyme disease look like in pets? Fever Stiff walk with an arched back Sensitivity to touch Difficulty breathing Loss of appetite Lethargy and depression Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world, but only causes symptoms in

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Pain in Your Pets: How to See It, How to Fix It

Pain in Your Pets: How to See It, How to Fix It

Pain is probably one of the most unrecognized (by owners) and therefore, under treated illnesses in pets. Pain can be extremely debilitating and detrimental to a pet’s quality of life. Animals can be stoic, even when in pain showing no typical or overt clinical signs. Owners will often mis-read behaviors their pets are exhibiting. Not

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About Your Pet’s Blood Work

About Your Pet’s Blood Work

When we request a blood work panel, which includes a complete blood count and chemistry profile, the results are among the most important data we collect to ensure the wellness and longevity of your pet. When performed in conjunction with an annual physical exam, they help ensure your pet’s quality of life. A CBC and chemistry

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Why Annual Wellness Exams Are Essential

Why Annual Wellness Exams Are Essential

Daily, we educate clients on pet vaccinations, which carry the highest priority medically, and which you can postpone for a brief period. At minimum, it’s important to know which vaccines are required by Illinois state law.  Some pet owners to neglect annual physical exams for their pets. Many dogs and cats we see due to

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