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Client Services

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When it comes to prescription medications, accurate dosage and administration are of the utmost importance. As your cat's prescribing veterinarian, you can trust that when you fill prescriptions at our pharmacy your cat will receive the right medication as quickly as possible. We will also provide you with detailed instructions on the medication's use, discuss any side effects or interactions and administer the first dose for you if needed.

Refills are easy too—simply give us a call or fill out our online refill request form.

Microchipping

Of the six to eight million cats and dogs who find their way into shelters nationwide each year, less than 2 percent of cats are ever reunited with their owners. Dogs, who more commonly wear visible identification or are microchipped, are reunited with their worried owners 7.5 to 15 times more often.

The best way to have a fighting chance of being reunited with your cat should it ever stray or escape is to have him or her microchipped. The team at Cat Hospital of Chicago considers microchip pet IDs a fundamental precaution for your cat and an important part of responsible cat ownership.

MicrochippingWe use HomeAgain microchip system. Each microchip registers a cat with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with your contact information. The contact details can be updated any time, and it is important to remember to do so whenever your information changes. If your cat is lost, the microchip can be scanned by animal control officers, at shelters, at veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and in many foreign countries.

HomeAgain membership offers additional benefits such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control. HomeAgain also comes with a number of very useful services to cat owners, such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.

This safe, reliable, and permanent pet identification takes less than five seconds to implant and can save you and your cat days, weeks, or more of fear and anguish.

Nutrition Services

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with clean water, are essential ingredients for your cat's overall health. As your cat's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable you control.

Today, a majority of cats are overweight or obese. Carrying around all that extra weight can be more than uncomfortable; it can also predispose cats to diabetes, fatty liver disease and arthritis. Obesity is the most common and most significant nutritional health problem in cats today.

Unlike humans, cats can't sneak to the refrigerator for a late-night snack or hide candy bars in their beds. For the most part, what your cat eats is entirely dependent upon you. Because of this, the team at Cat Hospital of Chicago dedicates time to counsel you on your cat's necessary nutrition.

Feeding your cat high-quality food is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. For an otherwise healthy cat, we recommend feeding a name-brand, commercial canned and dry food diet with a focus on moist and canned products. As a general rule, canned food tends to be better at promoting a healthy body weight, and because of its increased water content, may also be helpful in preventing and treating conditions such as urinary tract disease and constipation. We suggest avoiding generic and "house" brand cat foods.

When it comes to pet food diets, expensive does not necessarily mean better. Some pet food companies spend as much or more money on marketing their product than they do on assuring they produce a product that not only meets feline nutritional needs, but also contains high-quality, digestible protein and promotes a healthy weight. The best pet food companies have a board-certified veterinary nutritionist on staff or available for consult. Board-certified veterinary nutritionists help to assure products are appropriately formulated for cats. Making the best nutritional choices for your cat not only affects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your cat's life.

To support your efforts, the doctors at Cat Hospital of Chicago perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination and provide recommendations based on what we see. We can also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, ideal body condition and how to enrich home environment to reduce boredom for your cat. We will also help you navigate cat food claims so you can make the most informed choices.

Behavioral Counseling at Cat Hospital of Chicago

Cats are known for their charming and unique personalities. Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. Cat Hospital of Chicago offers behavior counseling for many of your cat's troublesome behaviors.

Our skilled and experienced staff can counsel you on everything from aggression between feline housemates, inappropriate urination or defecation, biting, stress-induced behavioral issues and even reducing the stress of traveling or visiting us for routine wellness exams. Causes of behavioral problems can be environmental—such as a schedule change or introduction of a new baby or pet—learned—as a result of unintentional positive reinforcement—or genetic. Painful diseases and degenerative changes associated with aging can cause or contribute to behavioral problems. Addressing any possible underlying medical problem or providing pain relief along with behavior modification techniques can often resolve some of these problems.

Our assessment begins with your cat's clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behavior therapy, any diagnosed medical problems will be treated.

We strongly encourage new kitten owners to set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians for an examination and behavior discussion soon after adoption. Kittens are adorable and incredibly fun (and fun to watch!), but have the propensity to become cats with behavior problems if their owners don't provide the proper guidance. It is important for you to communicate your expectations to your kitten in a kitten-friendly and kitten-appropriate way. If not done well or at all, you may become distressed when your kitten shows undesirable behavior. Often, a simple intervention or two may prevent unwanted behavior and assure your kitten grows into a behaviorally healthy cat.

TravelInternational Health Certificates for Your Cat

As a part of our efforts to provide you with the most comprehensive cat healthcare services, we also provide international health certificates that are required when traveling with your cat outside the United States.

The International Health Certificate should be issued by one of our veterinarians at Cat Hospital of Chicago as near to your travel date as possible, but no more than 21 days before travel.

Generally, the rabies vaccination must be given at least 30 days before traveling, but not more than 12 months before travel. Some countries have different requirements. However, you must enter your destination before your cat's most recent rabies vaccination has expired.

Along with an international health certificate, there may be additional requirements for traveling abroad. Please familiarize yourself with the international pet travel requirements specific to your destination. If you have any questions, our staff is happy to help.

End-of-Life Services

For many cat owners, even thinking about their cat's final days is difficult and emotional. Our cats are a part of our family. It is this strong bond, born from years of companionship, that makes this time particularly hard to bear.

Cat Hospital of Chicago offers at-home euthanasia to established clients. To provide more timely service we may refer clients to a feline-compassionate in-home euthanasia service when we are unavailable to perform the procedure. We also offer cremations through a crematory service. Your veterinarian can provide more information on these options.

All of us at Cat Hospital of Chicago will do our best to help you address these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require.

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