Kragness Animal Hospital Services
Located in the historic Pullman neighborhood in Chicago, Kragness Animal Hospital has established itself as a Chicago mainstay. Click through our services below to learn more about what we offer.
Spay and neuter surgeries are the most effective deterrents of pet overpopulation and certain types of cancer in male and female cats and dogs. We recommend spaying and neutering for most, if not all, of our patients because we believe that prevention is the best medicine. Spaying and neutering not only prevents pet pregnancies, but also prevents mammary tumors and uterine cancer in females and enlarged prostate and testicular tumors in males.
Other benefits of spaying and neutering your pets include:
- Reduced aggression in males
- Males and females less likely to have roaming tendencies
- Males less likely to spray/mark territory
- Males less likely to mount objects/other animals
- No spotting or going into heat (females)
At least one physical examination is recommended annually for our veterinarians to evaluate your pet’s overall health. At this time, our veterinarians will also take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, discuss behavioral problems, and review any known medical conditions or suggest additional diagnostics or procedures on a case-by-case basis.
Annual heartworm blood tests are recommended to make sure your pet doesn’t have heartworm disease, a disease transmitted via mosquito bite. At this time, our veterinarians and staff will also recommend that your pet get its heartworm preventative.
Annual testing is recommended to check for intestinal parasites. Your pet can contract intestinal parasites by coming in contact with fecal-contaminated material from an infected animal. If parasites are detected, your veterinarian will begin a treatment program.
Flea and Tick Prevention
After the dermatological system is evaluated during the physical exam, your veterinarian will suggest a flea/tick treatment or prevention program.
Based on the physical exam findings and history, our veterinarians may recommend additional testing such as bloodwork, urinalysis, or radiographs to help identify any internal issues.
It is important to realize that your dog will never tell you when it is experiencing dental pain. All dogs will endure some level of dental disease and dental pain during their lives. In fact, dental disease affects nearly 80% of dogs over three years of age. The best way to minimize these issues is for your dog is to start out with a great dental health routine at home. This should be supplemented with regular dental cleanings performed by veterinary professionals (a veterinarian and veterinary nurse to aid in the dental cleaning and patient care during the procedure).
Radiology (X-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems. We offer in-house radiology imaging to further diagnose any potential issues.
OUR CORE AND NON-CORE VACCINES
Pet vaccinations afford protection against a large number of viral and bacterial diseases.
Rabies, an almost always fatal virus, can be passed on to humans due to the level of danger it poses. The rabies vaccine is considered a ‘core’ vaccine and is required by law.
Core Vaccines for Dogs:
- Canine rabies – can be administered yearly or every three years.
- Distemper – protects against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus.
Core Vaccines for Cats:
- Feline rabies – can be administered yearly or every three years.
- Feline distemper – protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia
- Leptospirosis – given based on risk of exposure.
- Bordetella – required for dogs that board, visit the dog park, visit the groomer, or go to daycare.
- Canine influenza – required for dogs that board, visit the dog park, go to daycare or visit the groomer.
- Feline leukemia – recommended for kittens and outdoor cats.
Did you know that getting lost is the number one cause of death for pets? One in three pets goes missing during their lifetime, and without identification, 90 % of pets never return home. Microchip implantation causes no more discomfort than a vaccination and is a simple one-time insertion with a syringe. Almost all humane organizations have scanners that read microchip IDs. Microchips help thousands of lost pets return home each month. We use the Avid microchip system.
ON-SITE DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES
Based on the physical exam findings and history, our veterinarians may recommend additional testing such as bloodwork, urinalysis, or radiographs to help identify any internal issues. Our in-house laboratory can provide results within minutes, which helps our veterinarians create an optimal real-time treatment plan for your pet. We can screen pets for abnormalities like pancreatitis, kidney disease, heartworm disease, urinary tract infections – and so much more! In critically ill pets, this may save valuable time and guide our team to giving your pet the best outcome possible.
Give your four-legged friends the pampering they deserve with our groomer, Laura. Be it a medicated bath, a nail trim, a haircut, or just a trim, Laura has been doing it for 20 years, and she will treat your doggy pal with care and compassion. Laura also will perform anal gland expression (a service that not all groomers will do).
Grooming currently available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Starting March 15th, this will change to Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
We have a large yard for the dogs to run around and get exercise and soft blankets for both the dogs and cats in their kennels. They also get plenty of playtime and lovin’ from Jim and Billy. If you are boarding your pet for the first time here at Kragness, we need to do a pre-board where the animal comes into the kennel to make sure its temperament is OK to be boarded here. In addition, new boarding dogs will be required to purchase Frontline or Nexgard Flea and Tick preventative medication.
All dogs that are boarded with us at Kragness get multiple times outside to play and do their business each day. When weather permits, Jim and Billy spend most of the day playing with the dogs outside!
All our boarded animals are fed a high-quality, well-balanced food. We have all varieties of food for any animal that needs a special diet. Clients are also welcome to bring in their own food to leave for the pets.
Our kennel staff is also responsible for administering any medications your animal might require at the appropriate times throughout the day.