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September 2018

It's mid-September and we've already experienced the first hints of crisp fall air. At Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital, we're taking advantage of autumn and all it has to offer. Be sure to check out our scarecrow on the annual Scarecrow Trail walk at the South Barrington Conservancy and and vote for your favorites during the contest on September 22. Celebrate Halloween with us during with our annual pet costume contest and parade on October 21. We wish you a wonderful month and looking forward to spending Fall with all of you. 
Join us for the annual Scarecrow Trail
The annual Scarecrow Trail at the South Barrington Conservancy kicks off on September 22 at 1 pm. This year's theme is children's books. Karen and Kaitlin are modeling the HEAH scarecrow after the book, The Color Kittens. Stop by on September 22 to vote for your favorite scarecrows and enjoy a show for the kiddos by Glowby the Giant Soap Bubbler at 2:30. Scarecrows will remain up at the Conservancy through September 30 for public viewing. 
Pain Management for Dogs 
September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! Part of responsible dog ownership means providing appropriate pain management for your pet during any medical care he or she receives. We're proud to say that because we are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, we make this a priority for your dog. Click here for the AAHA Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.
Save the Date: HEAH Annual Halloween Costume Contest and Parade
Emotions: Anxiety
A variety of situations trigger panic attacks in people, but did you know animals can have panic attacks too?It's most common in dogs. Panic attacks in people are characterized by sweating, dizziness, hyperventilating, and immobility. Signs that a dog is having a panic attack include vocalizing         ( barking, whining, howling ), urinating/defecating in the house, and destroying things in the house with their teeth, i.e. ripping the couch to shreds. For years, veterinarians thought dogs displayed these behaviors because they were angry that their owners left them alone. Now, the profession recognizes these signs as separation anxiety. If your pet is showing signs of anxiety please call us to provide guidance on how to manage this behavior.

Thank you for your continued support of HEAH. It is a pleasure to serve you and your pets every day.

Dr. House and the Staff of the Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital
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