Pet Laser Therapy: An Important Modality in Your Pet’s Recovery

Pet Laser TherapyThe team at Oak Forest Veterinary Hospital is focused on new therapies and advancements that can better support our wonderful pet patients. Many new modalities that can complement traditional medicine are acupuncture, massage, and laser therapy. Pet Laser therapy is an exciting treatment that can enhance recovery after surgery, injury, or chronic conditions.

Because it’s noninvasive, safe for all life stages, and does not require medication, we’re particularly enthusiastic about offering this service at our clinic. However, many owners may not know much about this therapy and its benefits, so we’re pleased to provide an overview of its many advantages!


BFF’s: Taking a Closer Look at the Human-Animal Bond

Human-Animal BondCats and dogs weren’t always considered integral members of the family, but they certainly are nowadays. Initially employed for herding, hunting, and pest control, the ancestors of the animals we now hold near and dear to our hearts had to work hard for a warm place to sleep at night. This hard-won balance between our species has been maintained for centuries and, in fact, we evolved together. As a result, we have a very specific affinity for them.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the economic downturn a decade ago didn’t affect the nation’s spending related to pets. While some people might view pet ownership and care as an indulgence in trying times, others utterly depend on the relationship with their pet. All this (and more) begs the question: what is at the root of the human-animal bond?


The Prevalence of Diabetes in Pets

Diabetes continues to be one of the most prevalent diseases affecting people, but did you know diabetes is also on the rise among cats and dogs? Diabetes impacts 1 in 200 cats and approximately 1 in every 200-500 dogs. While this disease is more common in senior pets, we’re also seeing many cases among younger animals.

If you’re wondering what causes diabetes in pets and what the symptoms are, you’re in luck because November is National Pet Diabetes Month. In observance, the team at Oak Forest Veterinary Hospital wants to help you learn more about this condition and its prevention.


A Scary Combination: Halloween Treats and Pets

Trick or treat walk with my dogHalloween is a favorite holiday for many families and their pets – especially when our adorable pals don’t mind donning a costume. However, Halloween treats and pets aren’t always a fun mix. In fact, poisoning and other health threats are big concerns this time of year.

To keep your night full of spooky fun and avoid a veterinary emergency, follow our tips and suggestions regarding trick-or-treat toxins. Continue…

Why Pet Dental Care Matters


iStock_000031982520_MediumFor a lot of cat and dog owners, one of the chief complaints is halitosis or bad breath in their pets. Some may even make light of it by referring to it as kitty or doggy breath, but is bad breath in pets really the norm or is it a result of poor dental care?

This may come as a surprise, but pets need to have their teeth brushed, too. And, no, that expensive dental chew doesn’t excuse those daily (or at least consistent) brushings. Continue…

New Leaf, Clean Slate: Kicking off the New Year With Excellent Pet Wellness

iStock_000051683652_LargeInstead of better time management or pinching pennies, your pet’s New Year’s resolutions may include enjoying new smells, jumping to new heights, or simply increasing valuable snuggle time. While these are certainly worthwhile endeavors, your pet’s overall wellness may benefit from a few other resolutions as well. Continue…