Barrington Pet Health Services

Maintaining Your Pet's Good Health

Veterinary Health Care in BarringtonBarrington Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital staffed by skilled, compassionate, and caring individuals. Beyond our comprehensive nose-to-tail wellness examinations, we offer a full range of services, treatment for eye disorders, allergy and dermatology treatment, cancer treatment, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, and more.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering his or her golden years, we use a personalized approach to high quality pet care based on your pet's lifestyle and your expectations. At Barrington Animal Hospital, your pet receives the highest level of care available in a professional and loving environment. As a part of our commitment to your and your pet, we are here to address all of your questions and concerns.

Allergies and Skin Problems in Pets

Allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, typically due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. Most allergies appear after the pet is six months of age with the majority of affected dogs over age two. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress (coughing, sneezing, and wheezing) or digestive problems causing vomiting, flatulence, or diarrhea.

Flea allergy is the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. The flea allergic cat, on the other hand, has a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea's saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.

It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears.
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by one of our veterinarians at Barrington Animal Hospital. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

Internal Medicine for Pets
Internal Medicine

Despite the very best preventive care, animals can still become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for both you and your pet, especially because you can't simply ask your companion what's wrong. You need a skilled veterinarian whom you can trust to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your pet.

While the focus of our medical practice at Barrington Animal Hospital is your pet's wellness, an important part of our services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems. All the veterinarians at Barrington Animal Hospital are experienced in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated and endocrine diseases.

As part of our commitment to provide you with access to the best medical care for your pet, we have also invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology. After performing a thorough examination, diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary in order to identify the underlying cause of your pet's illness. It is our policy to review any recommended tests with you before they are performed, as well as discuss all the available treatment options and fees.

Canine Massage Therapy

Melissa Johnson is our massage therapist. Melissa is certified through the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM), and is one of only 14 others in Illinois. Professional massage is part of your pet's complete wellness program. Whether you have an elderly dog, an athlete, or any other loving pet, massage treatments restore, maintain, and enhance your dog's overall well being. Massage therapy is a series of manual manipulation techniques used to improve a patient's physical and emotional well being. Melissa customizes each massage session based on your pet's needs and often will teach our clients how to perform techniques at home. Physiological benefits of massage include pain relief, improved joint mobility, relaxation and increased circulation. Massage therapy can help relieve pain, stiffness, improve range of motion and flexibility, increase muscle tone, and promote healing.

Class IV Laser Therapy

To further reduce pain and promote healing after surgery, an injury, or to manage a range of chronic and acute conditions, Barrington Animal Hospital now offers laser therapy. Laser therapy is a painless FDA approved medical procedure that uses low-level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body's cells. This form of laser therapy is effective at promoting healing on a cellular level as well as decreasing inflammation after surgery, injury or areas of the body affected by chronic illnesses such as arthritis or acute conditions such as otitis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.

How Laser Therapy Works

The Companion Therapy Laser creates a deep penetrating light that induces the body to release endorphins and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a faster rate. During each painless treatment, the laser's energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This tool enables us to offer our clients an alternative to pharmaceuticals that is capable of producing immediate results without any dangerous side effects.

Laser Therapy Treatments

Your pet does not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting.

Improvement is often seen after the first treatment; however, most pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Generally, 4 - 8 treatments produce the best results and laser therapy treatment effects are cumulative. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition. Your veterinarian at Barrington Animal Hospital will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet's condition.

Diet and Nutrition

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, is an essential ingredient for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable that you control.

Feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

Nutrition for Barrington PetsTo support your efforts, the doctors at Barrington Animal Hospital perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination, and give recommendations based on what we see. We can also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies for your individual pet. We will also help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from a special diet. When that is the case, we may recommend feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and more. Barrington Animal Hospital carries a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products, including Hills and Royal Canine brands. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.

For more information about how Barrington Animal Hospital helps you maintain good health for your cherished companion, please email or call us at (847) 381-4100. We are always happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.