Spring is in the air! April is the American Red Cross's National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. As we prepare to spend more time outside with our pets, it's important to know how to perform basic first aid procedures in case of emergency. 

Thunderstorms are likely to pop up in Chicago this time of year. Is your dog a Thunder Dog? Find out below!

Continue to check back with HEAH for important information on your pets' health and safety tips for spring.
Thundershirt picture
Is Your Dog a Thunder Dog?

Who would blame a dog for getting a little spooked by a thunderstorm? It's normal for dogs to become anxious when the weather turns nasty. Thunder Dogs are different. Their anxious reactions are more severe and include things like hiding in bathtubs, scratching at doors or digging at carpet to escape a storm, and potentially damaging the house as they seek out a place to hide. Fear of thunderstorms can come on suddenly or develop over time. Next time we have a thunderstorm watch your dog's behavior to see how he reacts. 

Is your dog a Thunder Dog? There are many things you can do to help them, from providing a hiding place for them to conditioning them to react less anxiously to the sound of thunder. ThunderShirts can also be very effective in keeping dogs and cats calm during storms. 

You can read Dr. House's full article on Thunder Dogs in an upcoming issue of Quintessential Barrington Magazine. 
First Aid Awareness Month
Do you know what to do if your pet gets into an emergency situation? The best course of action is to get your dog or cat to the veterinarian ASAP,  but what do you do between the time your pet gets hurt until you drive to the hospital?

Knowing what to do if your pet is dehydrated, suffers from heat stroke, is bitten by another animal is an important part of pet ownership. Take a look at the Red Cross's Pet First Aid Tips. If you have any questions or want to learn more simple first aid procedures, our vet techs are happy to help. Bring your questions to your next appointment or call the office (847) 310-8668 and ask to speak to a technician today. 
A Veterinarian's Reflection
While servicing a veterinary clinic in California I started to cross the parking lot to my car.  I noticed an elderly gentleman getting out of his SUV and raising the rear hatch.  I'd seen this scene a hundred times before at my own office; the rear latch goes up and out jumps a big lab or Golden dancing around their master's legs.  This time though, the man leaned into the car, his head disappearing.  He remained in this pose and did not move.  As I passed behind him I could see why.  Laying on its side was a rather large dog, not moving.  Then I saw a front paw move and the head lift to look at his master.  The dog did not have long. I have seen this scene all too often as well - owner and pet saying goodbye.  I got into my car and backed up continuing to look into my rearview mirror to see how the man was going to carry the dog into the office.  I waited, looking, and finally parked again.  I got out and walked to the back of the SUV and asked if the man needed any help.  As he turned to tell me "no" I could see the tears  that were running down his cheeks.  This moment showed me the epitome of the human-animal bond.  It was one of the most moving experiences of my veterinary career. Give your pet an extra hug tonight.

Thank you for your continued support!
Dr. Jeff House and the Staff of Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital
Like us on Facebook