2016 Veterinary Recap

While the rest of the world seems to be marking 2016 as the worst year in recent memory, last year brought our 3 clinics an immense amount of excitement.  To start, we began providing cancer care by bringing in 2 Certified Veterinary Oncologists to the Peoria Area.  Our clients, as well as referred clients in the Central Illinois Area can now take advantage of our newest service.  Since opening our doors to pets in need of cancer care and guidance, we have consulted with 42 different pet owners.  The service is starting to grab hold with recent local highlights from the PJStar and CIProud.  We couldn’t be more excited to provide this much needed service for our community’s pets.

Another new service introduced was laser therapy at all three of our locations.  Used for multiple conditions from arthritis to hot spots and much more, we are seeing an increasing amount of owners opt for this quick and pain free way to help their pets.

Thanks to donations and fundraisers for our HALO Fund, we were able to help pets in dire straights by providing over $4,800 worth of life saving treatments.

We also instituted a new client feedback program that we have seen amazing results from, continued to support local schools and area causes, reworked our referral reward program for even better rewards for our referring clients, and retooled our online store for owner ease of use.

There were so many amazing changes in 2016 that is impossible to highlight them all, however most importantly we continued to explore new options for pet health and hone our skills doing what we do best.  That is to ensure each pet that enters our door receives superior patient care, and each pet owner we have the pleasure of meeting receives top tier service.

We want to thank each and every one of our clients for making 2016 a year to remember, and we want to promise each of you that we will continue passionately providing top tier Veterinary Medicine and Services for your pet in 2017 and beyond!

To really close out 2016 with a bang here are some interesting and some quirky statistics from 2K16:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

  • Heartworm Positive Diagnoses

After rebounding from a sad 2012, the number of Heartworm Disease diagnoses dropped ever so slightly for the first time since 2013.  Each of these cases could have been prevented by administering monthly preventatives year round.  We even have a 6 month preventative injection if you find yourself forgetting each month.  Let’s try to drop this number into single digits in 2017!

In 2016 alone, 238 pets were diagnosed as having fleas.  There are also monthly preventatives to keep your little friend from having even smaller friends.  Trust us, you will be thankful for year round prevention when you aren’t napping next to a flea infested canine or feline!  We saw a huge amount of cases during the fall and into the winter as many owners discontinued their preventatives which proved to be a troublesome mistake for many area pet owners.

Top Dog Breeds Seen in 2016

Labrador Retriever 846 seen
Shih tzu 296 seen
Yorkie 279 seen

Top Names of Pets Seen

1. Bella

2. Max

3. Sadie

4. Lucy

5. Buddy

Pets That Can’t Bear Explosions in the Air

Too often we find lost dogs showing up in local shelters more around the Fourth of July holiday than any other time of year. Whether your neighbor’s kids are firing roman candles in the street or your entire community is enjoying the local fireworks display, your pet can become panic-stricken and run away in search of a territory that they’ll feel safe in. According to national statistics, there is a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year during the national holiday, between July 4th and 6th. This makes a busy couple days for the shelters with the amount of lost dogs being turned in. Mark Jakubczak, Certified Pet Detective and Founder of PetAmberAlert, sadly explains that roughly 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners according to those statistics.

Simple ways you can keep your pet safe from frantically acting out are the following:

1. Stay Inside

—– Keeping them inside during the holiday will reduce risk of an escaped pet, ideally with someone they live with or know fairly well. If you have plans outside that include your pet, try keeping them leashed


2. Make them feel safe

—– Comfort them with petting, hugging, or talking in a soft voice while providing them with a treat of their personal favorite. More popular treats include beef flavored chewables, bacon strips or Greenies dental chews. You could also ask your local veterinarian for an natural calming supplements., like “Composure.”


3. Avoid the noise

—– Drowning out the fireworks as much as possible might play an important role in the house. Try closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV.

Autumn Camping in Peoria

by: Katrina Warner

Camping/ Hiking with your Dog in Peoria.

Fall is such a beautiful time to take your dog camping and hiking on Peoria trails. I know my Australian Shepherd, Roper loves to go camping with the family and romping through the woods. I worry though that he may come into contact with something that may make him ill. Ticks are a big factor to consider when your dog is playing in tall grass or walking on a trail through the woods. Lyme disease can be found in every state in the U.S. and your dog can be exposed to Lyme disease in almost any outdoor activity where Deer Ticks and Brown Dog Ticks can be found. While your veterinarian can test your dog for Lyme disease with a simple blood test, prevention is always best. If you plan to take your dog where he/she maybe exposed to ticks contact your veterinarian at least 1 month prior to him/her being exposed to get started on a preventative and vaccines, if they are not already on one.

Leptospirosis is another disease that dogs can be exposed to while in the woods. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is found in wildlife and livestock and is passed via the urine into water sources. Leptospirosis can be prevented by having a yearly vaccination to prevent against it. Contact your veterinarian for more information.

I also recommend making a small first aid kit for your dog to take along on your trip. Here are my Top 10 items I suggest having in your First Aid Kit:


1. Gauze Padding and Bandage

2. Adhesive tape

3. Ice Pack (I recommend something that can be activated as needed)

4. Disposable Gloves

5. Rectal Thermometer/ Petroleum Jelly

6. Blunt Ended Scissors

7. Tweezers

8. Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting; discuss with your veterinarian prior to giving for proper dosage)

9. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) (Discuss with your veterinarian prior to giving for proper dosage)

10. Any medication dog is currently on, with proper instructions from veterinarian


Don’t forget to pack:


  1. Phone number(s) of your veterinarian(s) and Animal Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435)
  2. Rabies tags, Vaccine Certificate(s) or paperwork from veterinarian with dog’s vaccine and health history.
  3. Dishes, food and water from home
  4. Collar and leash (I recommend have a spare in case you loss or break the original)
  5. Bedding and/or Pet carrier/crate and favorite toys
  6. Muzzle, if your dog is cautious around strangers/ other animals; to avoid biting.


NOTE: ALWAYS contact Peoria Area Veterinary Group prior to any outdoor activities that your dog maybe a part of to be sure he/she is up-to-date on vaccines and preventatives.