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We Love Pets

As a veterinary practice, we see all different kinds of cats and dogs – from Chihuahuas to Great Danes, and from Sphinxes to Maine Coons. Although some pets who come in are specially-abled and may require a little more attention. Some of the common specially-abled dogs that we see here at Blum are three-legged, blind, deaf or have hind limb paralysis.
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Getting Whisked Away – How to Avoid Whisker Stress

While cats’ whiskers are adorable and give some cats character, they actually serve a really important purpose for our feline friends. Whiskers are touch receptors for cat and can even help them see in the dark! At the end of each whisker there is a receptor that sends signals to a cat’s brain and nervous system to help them detect and comprehend their environment.
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Heatstroke in Dogs (and Cats)

  1. What is heatstroke, and what happens to a dog’s body when they are having one? Heatstroke occurs when the body can not get rid of excessive heat. It is EXTREME hyperthermia at the body’s core (usually a body temperature of 105-109 degrees F) and this extreme heat causes damage to many different tissues of the body.  For perspective, a dog’s NORMAL body temperature is 100-102.5 degrees F.
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Ouch! What to do if Your Dog Breaks a Nail

Springtime in Chicago is a wonderful time of year and many dog owners in the Lakeview or Lincoln Park area start to take their dogs to the parks. One of the most common reasons why owners bring their dogs in to Blum during the warmer months is for torn or cracked nails, often occurring when they are running around outside or at the dog park.
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Treating Your Pet This Valentine’s Day

While you already may have plans with your significant other on Valentine’s Day, don’t forget about your furry family members! A company called Apollo Peak created a line of wines specifically for your cat or dog! Their products are all made with organic ingredients and do not contain any alcohol. Per Apollo Peak, “All of our pet wine products have a proprietary blend that includes all-natural organically grown herbs, fresh beets and natural preservatives to help hold the taste and color.” Their drinks are all aptly named – for cats these products include Catbernet, Pinot Meow and White Kittendel; for dogs, Zinfantail
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