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5580 Route 34 West Oswego IL      •      630.554.3400

Traveling With Your Pet?

Are you traveling with your pet(s) for the Holidays? If so, here are some helpful tips! If you copy the links below and paste them into your Internet browser, there is more information about traveling with your pet(s). Whether you are traveling for the Holidays or hosting them at your home, we hope everyone has a safe and fun time! As always, please contact us at (630)554-3400 if you have any additional questions!



We Passed Our AAHA Accreditation Again!

Congratulations to us! We are happy to announce that our AAHA certification has been renewed once again! River Heights has been part of the American Animal Hospital Association since 2000, but every three years we undergo an inspection to keep our status current. The process is a little stressful so we  celebrated with cake, of course!


Ear Cleaning 101

Ear cleaning may be a normal occurrence for some dogs (or sometimes cats). Dogs who are prone to infections or deal with allergies benefit from frequent ear cleanings. The structure of their ear canal makes it difficult for material to be expelled on its own. However, that also helps in avoiding the ear drum while cleaning – although you should always be careful not to go too deep.

**If your dog’s ears are red, inflamed or painful, please consult us before cleaning.**
Since this is something owners commonly need to accomplish at home, we want to give you some tips…

  1. When you have your supplies ready (ear cleaner and cotton balls or gauze), hold your dog’s ear flap up firmly but gently and squeeze a small amount of cleaning solution into the ear canal.
  2. Then gently massage the base of the ear for about 20 seconds. You will hear a “squishing” sound as the ear cleaner is working, breaking up the debris in the ear. This is VERY important!
  3. Keep holding the ear flap and wipe out the inner ear flap as well as the ear canal – but not too far in. That’s why it’s better to use cotton balls instead of q-tips.

There’s not much to it but there is a proper method. Some other helpful hints include providing treats and praise. It is also beneficial to let your dog shake his/her head to help expel debris.

If your pet needs medication applied, you will clean the ears first then apply the medication as directed. Please consult with your veterinarian on how often you should be cleaning. If you need further assistance, please give us a call at (630)554-3400. We’re always here to help!

Meet Bruiser!

Meet Bruiser! He came in the other week to be neutered and he made sure to visit with everyone that he saw. That cute, puppy face and outgoing personality melted our hearts! He is such a handsome boy and was a pleasure to visit with!

What are the advantages of neutering your male dog?

  • Reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis
  • Reduces the risk of hormone-related diseases such as perianal adenoma
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
  • Removal of sexual urge which results in less roaming behaviors
  • Reduction of certain types of aggression

Most of the perceived disadvantages are false. The most quoted of these are that the dog will become fat, characterless, and useless as a guard. Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage of neutering. Obesity is the result of overfeeding. By regulating your dog’s diet and caloric intake, you can prevent obesity in neutered or intact males.

Neutering doesn’t cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness and affection.

Zenda The Lion’s Root Canal

Dr. Juriga recently performed a root canal on Zenda, one of the lions at the Brookfield Zoo. You can read more about it on the Chicago Zoological Society Blog.


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