National Dog Bite Prevention Week®

Teaching children how to properly approach an animal can greatly reduce the risk of a bite.

by MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

ANY DOG CAN BITE.

Just because a dog looks small and harmless, doesn’t mean it is. Even the most sweet and loving of animals can bite or snap if provoked. What’s more scary – some owners actually promote aggression in their dogs or allow aggression to go unchecked. This often leaves well-intentioned folks injured or worse.

Do you know how to prevent a dog bite?

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April is for Heartworm Awareness

small dog getting examined on by a female veterinarian
Heartworm disease might be serious, but it doesn’t have to be scary.

by MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

April means Springtime: baby animals learning how to forage, birds chirping in the trees, the days growing noticeably longer and warmer, and of course…BUGS.

Springtime means bugs. But more specially, it means mosquitoes. Those nasty, blood-sucking spawns of Dracula that do nothing but cause itching and discomfort. They’re awful and always happy to spoil a party. However, thanks to modern bug repellents, humans have been able to limit their exposure to these little devils.

But what about our pets?

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Lincolnshire Animal Hospital: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

March 18, 2020

UPDATE FOR OUR CLIENTS: NEW PROTOCOLS

Lincolnshire Animal Hospital recognizes the importance of continuing to serve you reliably, safely and compliantly during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  At this time, Lincolnshire Animal Hospital is updating their Coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol based on CDC guidelines.

While our clinic remains open, we are requiring a closed reception area. No clients will be allowed to enter the hospital for everyone’s well-being and safety. This is not due to any exposure at our clinic but to continue our diligence in providing you and your pet with a safe visit.   

Below, we have listed the new protocols to enable you and your pet access to the healthcare they need while providing a safe environment.

New Protocol for your Appointment:

  • Please pull into parking lot and call our receptionists at (847) 634-9250 to advise you have arrived.
  • A technician will then come out to your car and bring your pet into the clinic.  They will ask for your cell phone number.
  • If this is for a doctor’s visit, our doctor will call you at that time to get a current history and for your pet’s reason for the appointment.
  • Post visit, the technician will bring your pet back to the car and any required medications.  If this was a technician visit, they will review the visit with you.  If this was a doctor’s visit, your doctor will call you to discuss the visit and treatment.  Reception will then follow up with you for a payment via phone. 
Bocelli, Carmella, and Freya LOVING our new “Drive-Thru” Vet Services!

New Protocol for Surgery Check-In:

  • Please pull into parking lot and call our receptionists at (847) 634-9250 to advise you have arrived.
  • A technician will call you on the phone shortly after to go over procedures.
  • Technician will then come out to the car to have you sign authorization forms and to bring the pet into the clinic.  They will request your phone number for follow up.

New Protocol for Surgery Pick Up:

  • Please pull into parking lot and call our receptionists at (847) 634-9250 to advise you have arrived.
  • A technician will come on the phone to go over how the procedure went and further follow up or treatment.
  • Technician will then bring the patient back to the car.
  • Receptionist will contact you for payment over the phone.

Protocol for Requesting Medications:

  • Call the clinic to fill prescription at (847) 634-9250.  
  • A receptionist can call you to arrange payment via the phone.
  • We can then put medications in our Medication Box, a brown box located to the left of our front doors.

NOTE: If your drugs are a controlled substance, we will have you pick up the medications.  Call the clinic when you arrive, we will bring them out to your vehicle.

Another option we can offer for keeping you and your pet safe will be the option to request a Telemedicine Visit.

If you are concerned and would prefer not to come to the clinic at this time for your safety or if you are feeling symptomatic, we can set up a telemedicine appointment with one of our doctors. 

Feel free to contact us for such an appointment if you are having any of the below issues with your pet:  

  • Bladder/UTI issues
  • Ear Issues
  • Mild Stomach Upset
  • Mild Lameness
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin Issues

Protocol for Telemedicine Appointment:

  • Call clinic and ask to set up a telemedicine appointment.
  • We will set up date/time for the phone call.
  • Please note that based on virtual visit, it may be possible that the doctor requires you to drop off a specimen sample.  2 Boxes will be located outside the front door:   Fecal Specimens & All Other Specimens
  • Based on phone call, an actual visit may be required to further treat your pet.

Telemedicine charges are:

$45.00 – cover the virtual exam and a progress report within 48 hours of the initial call.  

$20.00 – if a recheck call is needed.

We will work diligently to continue to provide you and your pets with the standard of care you expect at Lincolnshire Animal Hospital. As always, if you have any questions – please call our clinic at 847-634-9250 to speak with a member of our staff.

For further information on protecting yourself and your pets from COVID-19, please read the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association’s (ISVMA) latest handout.


March 17, 2020

UPDATE FOR OUR CLIENTS:

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Health, we are asking that clients please call from their car when they arrive and remain there until we call with a room ready for you.  

Please enter through the side door (located on the East side of the building) once you are called for your appointment time.  

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.  Our goal is to remain operational and protect you, our clients, as best as we can through the duration of this outbreak.  Establishing these protocols provide the best path to that pledge.  

Lincolnshire Animal Hospital Management


March 13, 2020

Lincolnshire Animal Hospital recognizes the importance of continuing to serve you reliably, safely, and compliantly during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  We assure you that since the onset, we’ve taken the proper measures to continue to provide you and your pets with the highest quality of care.

Lincolnshire Animal Hospital is closely following and implementing the Center for Disease Control (CDC) protocol for COVID-19.

We are providing guidance and ongoing communication to all team members on:

  • Increasing the frequency and extent of our cleaning practices, such as additional wiping down of all hard surfaces including the front desk, examination rooms, and offices.
  • Implementing heightened sanitation and hand-washing procedures for all staff.
  • Operating at safe distances.
  • Proper protocol for coughing and sneezing.
  • Staff who are ill will remain at home. At this time, no staff has been self quarantined.

If you are not feeling well and/or are presenting possible symptoms of COVID-19 but need to seek treatment for your pet, please contact our front desk to set up an appointment.  We will work with you to make special accommodations to ensure the well-being of your pet.

This includes if you have:

  • Fever
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Traveled outside the country in the past few weeks

We will work diligently to continue to provide you and your pets with the standard of care you expect at Lincolnshire Animal Hospital. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office and speak with a staff member today.

Please read the AVMA’s COVID-19 FAQ for Pet Owners.

Thank you,

The Doctors and Staff of Lincolnshire Animal Hospital

Toxic Treats: What You Need to Know

You might want to reconsider sneaking Buddy those table scraps.

by MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

The ASPCA Poison Control Center handled more than 200,000 cases in 2018 concerning potential poisonings and toxic treats.

We’ve all done it. Your fur-baby is sitting next to your chair, those big eyes fixated on YOUR dinner plate. The anxious shift of the feet as they wait patiently for a reward for being such a good boy or girl. We don’t even think about it. We pick up a juicy cut of meat or a cheesy lump of whatever and toss it down to the eagerly awaiting critter. No big deal, right?

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Poison Prevention Awareness: The Basics

pitbull dog in a plastic vet collar not feeling well
Potential toxins are everywhere. Don’t find out the hard way – know what to look for and how to avoid it.

by: MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, bringing attention to many of the toxins and dangers that may lurk, unknowingly, in your home.

It’s that time of year – Poison Prevention Awareness! The third week of March was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 as National Poison Prevention Week. For nearly 60 years, our government uses this time to educate the public on how to recognize, and protect against, poisonous substances. Over the years, Poison Prevention Awareness has unofficially expanded to the entire month of March, and now includes both humans and animals.

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Pet Dental Month Facts: Did You Know?

red cat brushing teeth with green toothbrush pet dental month
This National Pet Dental Month, learn how to maintain good oral hygiene for your pet.

by MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

Every February, animal hospitals and animal brands around the country celebrate National Pet Dental Month!

Created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Pet Dental Month is an effort to educate the public about the importance of oral health for your pet’s overall wellbeing. Since its creation, National Pet Dental Month has been a yearly call for millions of pet owners to stop into their vet and check on the dental health of their four-legged friend. 

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Celebrate National Pet Dental Month!

by MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

It’s almost February and that means National Pet Dental Month!!

happy woman holding a dachshund dog while a smiling veterinarian brushes the dog's teeth
National Pet Dental Month promotes good oral hygiene for your furry friend.

Every February, in an effort to bring attention to a crucial part of your pet’s health, the veterinary world participates in National Pet Dental Month; a reminder that proper oral health can make a world of difference to your pet.

To celebrate, Lincolnshire Animal Hospital is offering 10% OFF ALL DENTAL SERVICES** and FREE DENTAL EXAMS WITH OUR TECHNICIANS for the month of February! 

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Is It A Pet Emergency?

pet examination by doctor with stethoscope in veterinary clinic

by MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

It’s 8:00pm on a Thursday and your dog or cat is starting to act strange. You’re worried that there may be something wrong and you’ve Googled your pet’s symptoms on your smartphone and have read some concerning things. But it’s late, and your vet’s office is closed for the night. Is it really worth it to take your pet to the animal emergency room right now, or do you risk it and wait until your veterinarian is open tomorrow morning?

Can your pet wait that long? Is it a pet emergency?

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Winter Weather Pet Tips

Snow is starting to fall and winter is here. Protect Spot with our Winter Weather Pet Tips.

by MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

Cold, chilly, and wet weather is everywhere this time of year! Did you know that the cold can be just as dangerous to your pets as the heat, if not worse?

Lincolnshire Animal Hospital wants to help remind you of a few Winter Weather Pet Tips that will help your four-legged friend in the cold.

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Planning a Pet Safe Holiday Season

Keeping your pets safe doesn't have to be tricky. Follow Lincolnshire Animal Hospital's tips for a Pet Safe Holiday Season.
Keeping your pets safe this holiday season doesn’t have to be tricky.

Follow Lincolnshire Animal Hospital’s Helpful Tips and Tricks to Planning the Perfect Pet Safe Holiday Party!

by MANDI BROADBENT, CSR

It’s that time of year again… the wonderful holiday season!

No matter what you celebrate – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas – these festive days are full of welcome guests, rich foods, sparkly decorations, and delicious desserts. More often than not, these days also include a busy host who may be a little distracted making sure there is plenty of food and seating, cleaning the house guests, and setting dinner tables… and not always paying attention to Fido or Fluffy. Lincolnshire Animal Hospital would like to help you take the stress out of the holidays with these helpful tips to planning a pet safe holiday season:

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