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Celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!

April 30th is officially National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day! The best gift you could ever give is love. In honor of this day, Village West Vet wanted to outline some of the amazing benefits of adopting shelter and rescue pets from our local animal controls or rescue organizations, especially our own CARF: Critical Animal […]

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The Importance of Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Ensuring your dog’s nails are regularly trimmed is more important than you think. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, the friction from hard surfaces like concrete and blacktop may gradually wear their nails down, but this takes A LOT more outside time on these surfaces than you might think. And if your […]

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National Puppy Day – March 23rd

We can’t think of many days better spent than celebrating puppies. As a Ukrainian Village, Bucktown, Logan Square, West Town, and Wicker Park animal hospital, this post is dedicated to explaining exactly what to expect during your first visit to the vet with your new puppy. What to Expect Regardless of where you acquired your […]

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Signs Your Dog or Cat, Puppy or Kitten Needs to Visit the Vet

Getting and caring for a dog or cat, or puppy or kitten, is such an exciting time in your life. It’s a brand-new adventure and chapter in your life. Despite all of the upsides with getting a new dog or cat, or puppy or kitten, it comes with risks and responsibilities as well. In case […]

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When It’s Time to Say Goodbye: In-Hospital Euthanasia

At Village West Veterinary, once we’ve done our best to help with hospice care and end of life decision-making for our furry companions, we’ll also do our best to help with that last gift of a peaceful departure.  When that time has arrived, we want to be there to help you say goodbye in the […]

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Reasons Why Your Cat is Excessively Meowing

Some cats are simply more prone to meowing because of their breed, and some cats just like their voices to be heard.  However, if your cat has been meowing under unusual circumstances, then they may be telling you something is wrong.  Here are some factors to consider when your cat is excessively meowing: Illness: Our number […]

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Why Declawing is Harmful to Cats

Declawing was once a common practice for cat owners. Instead of relying on scratching posts or having to file or trim a cat’s nails regularly, owners could bring the cat to a veterinarian who would permanently remove the claws. However, this can be incredibly painful and cruel to these animals. At our animal hospital in […]

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3 Common Myths About Dogs

1. Dogs See in Black and White Veterinarians once believed that dogs could only see in black and white. However, this is now only a widespread myth! As science has evolved, vets in Chicago and around the world now agree that dogs have about 20% of the cone photoreceptor cells that humans have.  This means […]

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What to Know When Dressing Up Your Dog

Although they are always adorable, pet costumes are not always a safe or comfortable idea for your dog. Our Village West animal hospital came up with a few tips and tricks to ensure your dog is safe and at ease when wearing a costume: How to Spot Signs of Stress Playing dress up is not […]

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How Often Should You Feed Your Cat?

Simply put, there actually is no simple answer for how often you should feed your cat. Every cat is different, which is why you should take these factors into consideration when deciding your cat’s food schedule: Kitten vs Adult How old is your cat? The size and age of your cat is directly correlated with […]

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What to Know About Your Dog & Rabies

How Dogs Get Rabies Rabies is primarily passed to dogs through bites from an infected animal, although an infected animal’s saliva — or even aerosolized saliva — can cause infection if it comes in contact with a dog’s open wound or any mucous membranes. It is important you contact Village West Veterinary, Chicago Animal Control, […]

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How Your Pet Helps Your Health!

A healthy pet can help make for a healthy owner. Here are just a few reasons why owning a pet can help your health: Improve Your Mood It only takes a few minutes to feel less stressed after playing with a kitten or petting an enthusiastic pooch! The levels of your stress hormone, cortisol, are […]

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The Different Worms That Could Infect Your Dog

If you’re a dog owner, it’s important to understand the possible symptoms of worm infection in your dog. The sooner you recognize the signs, the faster you will be able to visit our Village West Veterinary animal hospital in Chicago to heal your companion. Worms may be small, but these little worm parasites can have […]

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Your Cat Isn’t Eating

As a cat owner, it is always important you regulate and monitor the intake of food your cat is eating. If you have noticed a decline in your cat’s appetite, here are a few potential reasons why your cat is not eating:   Have You Changed Their Diet? The first variable in this equation to […]

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How Hot is Too Hot for Your Dog This Summer?

Vets in Chicago warn dog owners to be cautious of their dogs spending too much time in the summer heat. So, how hot is too hot? The answer varies depending on the dog breed, ambient temperature and humidity. It is important to note that dogs do not sweat like we do. They use panting as […]

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Water Safety Tips For Dogs

It’s staying pretty hot in Chicago! If you’re spending time at the pool, lake, beach or marina it is a common misconception that dogs are naturally good swimmers. Dogs can tread water if they happen to fall in – it’s called doggy paddling! However, it is not the same as knowing how to swim. It […]

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What Should I Feed My Cat?

Bringing home a new cat can be both a stressful and exciting time for your family. The health of your furry friend should always be your top priority. Along with scheduling an appointment with a trusted Village West vet in Chicago, it is important to choose quality food for a healthy diet. With so many […]

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Is Your Cat Getting Enough Sleep?

Cats tend to snooze most of the day, thus making it hard to tell if they aren’t getting enough sleep. It may be surprising to know that not all cats are getting the proper rest that they need. Healthy adult cats typically will sleep for 50-70% of the day, and kittens and seniors will sleep […]

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5 Reasons Your Dog Has Bad Breath

Does your dog have bad breath? Dogs aren’t shy and if you have spent a few minutes up close and personal, it’s likely you have caught a whiff of their bad breath. Dogs are not known for fresh breath. In fact, as a vet near Wicker Park, we are often asked by our clients why […]

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Plants Your Dog Should Avoid This Spring

As we pack away our snow shovels and bring out our gardening tools, it is important to pick wisely, as some of our favorite plants can be toxic to our dogs. Plants that are poisonous to our dogs can be found in bouquets, in our yards, and in the wild, and consumption can cause a […]

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Spring Cat Care

For many, the onset of Spring indicates the onset of allergy season. If something appears to be making your kitty act out of character, it could be allergies! Just like us, our cats need treatment to help them fight off allergens so they can be feeling their best. The first step in identifying an allergen […]

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5 Tips For Being A Good Vet Client

Your pet ultimately depends on you to care them. They rely on you to feed, bathe, walk, love, and take them to a veterinarian as needed. Every time you visit the veterinary clinic it is an opportunity for you and your trusted vet in Wicker Park to work together to ensure your pet is in […]

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First Time Pet Owner Guide To Choosing A Vet

Are you searching for a vet in Chicago? Choosing a veterinarian for your pet is more than searching for a medical expert. You are choosing someone to meet your needs and those of your pet. The best time to search for a vet in Chicago is when it is not an emergency. Planning ahead will […]

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5 Signs Your Cat Needs To See A Vet

At some point, every cat owner has had a circumstance where they have wondered, “does my pet need to see the vet?” Our first instinct is to search the internet for an answer to our problems. Whether you have a cat, dog or bird, it is always best to call your veterinarian to get an […]

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Welcome To Village West Veterinary

What You Can Expect At Village West Veterinary Your pet’s health and comfort is our sole purpose. Village West Veterinary was created to provide our pets and their owners with the most conscientious and knowledgeable medical and surgical experience. We have been serving the Chicagoland area and its surrounding suburbs for 8 years. Pet owners […]

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