Kidney Failure: The What and Why

One of the more frustrating and unfortunately common diseases we see in veterinary medicine is kidney disease. Kidney disease in and of itself can mean many things; kidney stones, infections, cancer, or failure. With this post I will do my best to inform you of the ins and outs of kidney (renal) failure. In a subsequent post I will proceed to address the steps we can take to manage kidney failure in hopes of providing our beloved fur babies great quality of life for as long as possible. Continue reading “Kidney Failure: The What and Why”

What does AAHA mean?

When you go to a human hospital, you know that standards exist to accredit the facility in which you seek health care. When you take your pets to the veterinarian, do you ever wonder what criteria exist to evaluate the quality of a veterinary practice? Did you know that accreditation of veterinary clinics, is completely voluntary and less than 20% of North American veterinary hospitals meet the strict standards set by American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)? Continue reading “What does AAHA mean?”

Old Cat and Dog “Tales”

The health of our pets is a somewhat daunting and certainly complicated topic.  Thanks to modern technology there is a plethora of information literally at our fingertips.  Unfortunately this can make sorting “fact” from “fiction” quite difficult.  Even before the internet, there were many myths about animal health and the reasoning behind common behaviors.   Continue reading “Old Cat and Dog “Tales””

Winter Weather Guide


You know the saying, “In Illinois, if you think the weather is awful, wait ten minutes, it will change.” Lately we haven’t been seeing a whole lot of “Old Man Winter”, but it is important to be prepared when he finally decides to settle in and stay awhile.  Most of us are informed of changes that need to be made to our homes and cars when the temperatures dip below freezing, but its also important that we keep our pets prepared for changes in the weather as well. Continue reading “Winter Weather Guide”

Holiday Safety Tips


December brings us smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or perhaps the slightly lesser known Festivus season, you are bound to be busy and a touch removed from your “normal” routine. Some of us will be travelling, others are working on a holiday celebration that would charm the likes of Martha Stewart. Regardless of how you plan to celebrate over these next few weeks, I ask that you keep a few things in mind to insure your beloved pet doesn’t end up on the “naughty” list, or even worse, in the emergency clinic this season. Continue reading “Holiday Safety Tips”

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving tips to keep your pet healthy!

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays at SportsVet and we would like to take a moment to give “Thanks” to all of our patients and clients. We are honored to serve you throughout the year and hope your family enjoys all the special moments unfolding this holiday season. Continue reading “A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving tips to keep your pet healthy!”

Senior Health


Did you know that dogs and cats are considered to be Seniors on average at only seven years old?  Unfortunately for pets, that means Senior as in elderly, not their particular education level!  Obviously some of our toy breeds like a chihuahua have a much longer lifespan than say a great dane, but its a good rule of thumb that your pet is entering his/her “golden years” at some point between the age of 6-10 years.  That’s because pets age much faster than humans. Continue reading “Senior Health”