Pet Health

Pet Health

Your pet’s health is important to us. We will be continually updating this section to contain useful pet care tips, as well as information on diseases and preventative care for your pet.


Dog’s Health – A Dog’s Plea

We feel that the following, although it is called A Dog’s Plea, can be used to describe any revered pet that has become a member of the family and is truly loved as such. We hope that it will mean as much to you as it does to us.

Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in the entire world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me things you would have me learn.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.

-Author Unknown

Our Dogs Health page includes a variety of topics:

  • Training Your Puppy
  • Puppy’s First Vaccination
  • Post-Natal Care – Puppies
  • Post-Natal Care – Dogs
  • Heartworm Facts
  • Bordetella Brochitis
  • Parvovirus Disease
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Senior Dogs


Your Cat’s Health

Our Cats Health page includes a variety of topics:

  • Kitten’s New Home
  • Feeding Your Cat
  • Hairballs
  • Ringworm
  • Heartworm Disease
  • Elimination Problems
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Senior Cats

Birds & Exotics Pets

Our Birds & Exotics page includes a variety of topics:

  • Choosing a Bird
  • Bird Diseases
  • Iguanas Dietary Recommendations


If you have question about the health of your pet, call Downers Grove Animal Hospital at 630.968.2812.