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Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Don’t give in to persuasive purrs and puppy dog eyes this Thanksgiving! Many of the holiday treats we love can cause health problems for our pets if they eat them. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving:

• Don’t leave wine glasses at snout or tail level. When pets ingest alcohol, they often experience severe drops in body temperature, blood pressure and blood sugar, which can all lead to death if treatment is delayed. Overactive tails could also knock over glasses and broken glass can easily cause injuries.

• Turkey is high in fat, and because of this, even small amounts can trigger pancreatitis. Pancreatitis has potentially fatal side effects like dehydration and liver and kidney damage. Small turkey bones can also get lodged in your pet’s gastrointestinal system and cause blockages, which typically require surgery to repair.

• You already know chocolate is dangerous for pets. But baking chocolate has even higher concentrations of caffeine and theobromine, the two substances found in chocolate that are extremely toxic to pets. If you’re using baking chocolate in your desserts this Thanksgiving, or any other chocolate for that matter, keep nosy snouts out of the kitchen!

Show your pets you’re thankful for them by keeping them safe this Thanksgiving. If you need more help preparing for the holidays with your pets, call Bramer Animal Hospital at 847-864-1700.

Order All the Things for Your Pet from the Convenience of Your Couch!

Order All the Things for Your Pet from the Convenience of Your Couch!

Did you know that we have an online store where you can get everything you need for your pet? Plus, if you spend more than $49 your shipping is FREE.

Along with ordering food for your best friend, you can also shop for:

• Flea/tick and heartworm preventatives
• Pain meds
• Dietary supplements
• And more!

Just make sure to hide the password from your pets so that they don’t order ALL THE TREATS!

Summertime Safety Tips

Hey, pet owners. Dr. Hagedorn from Bramer Animal Hospital here to remind you about the dangers the summer can pose to your pets. Pets can’t keep as cool as we do (they don’t have near as many sweat glands!), and they’re also way more likely to encounter pests and the nasty diseases they pass along from April to October. Follow these tips to keep your four-legged family members safe this time of year.

  • Overheating can cause serious health problems. To keep pets cool, provide them with plenty of fresh, clean water at all times. Never leave pets in the car on a warm day, even if it’s only 70 degrees outside, as vehicle interiors heat up to dangerous temperatures incredibly quickly. When possible, keep pets indoors in cool, air-conditioned areas. And don’t over-exercise your pet! Outdoor activity is more taxing on your pet’s body when it’s hot outside.
  • Check your pet’s microchip before leaving for vacation and before spending lots of time outside. You should update your pet’s registration anytime you move, but if you’re not sure if the information is up to date, it’s a good idea to check it before your outdoor excursions become more frequent.
  • Keep up on flea and tick preventative medications. Fleas, ticks and heartworm-transmitting mosquitoes are out in full force this time of year, so preventative medications are a must.

If you’re ever concerned about your pet’s health—any time of year!—give us a call at 847-864-1700.

Heartworm & Flea/Tick Rebate Information

Preventive medications are excellent tools for keeping your pets safe. Bramer Animal Hospital currently has numerous rebates available, so you can protect your pets and keep some extra cash in your wallet! The following rebates and coupons are available to you when you purchase your preventive medications through us:

Heartworm and intestinal parasite control products


Buy 6 doses, save $7 (mail-in rebate). Offer expires 12/31/2017.

Buy 12 doses, save $40 (mail-in rebate). Offer expires 9/30/2017.


Buy 6 doses, save $10 (redeem rebate at Elancorebates.com). Offer expires 12/31/2017.

Buy 12 doses, save $25 (redeem rebate at Elancorebates.com). Offer expires 12/31/2017.

Heartgard Plus

Buy 12 doses, save $12 (mail-in rebate). Offer expires 12/31/2017.

Flea and Tick Control Products

Frontline Plus for dogs and cats

Buy 6 doses, get 2 free (redeem at Bramer Animal Hospital). Offer expires 12/31/2017.

Buy 3 doses, get 1 free (redeem at Bramer Animal Hospital). Offer expires 12/31/2017.
Up to a $34 value!

Vectra 3D

Buy 6 doses, get 3 free (redeem rebate at VectraRebate.com or by mail).

Buy 3 doses, get 1 free (redeem rebate at VectraRebate.com or by mail).


Buy 2 doses, save $15 (mail-in rebate). Offer expires 12/31/2017.

Buy 4 doses, save $35 (mail-in rebate). Offer expires 12/31/2017.

To take advantage of these money-saving options, order your pet’s preventive medications by contacting Bramer Animal Hospital today

Celebrating 78 Years of AAHA Accreditation


Only 14% of veterinary hospitals across the United States are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and Bramer Animal Hospital is one of them! This means we are regularly, voluntarily evaluated on over 900 standards of care set forth by the AAHA. We’ve been accredited by the AAHA for 78 consecutive years, and we’re proud of this distinction that sets us apart and proves our dedication to serving the pets in our community.

For more information on what our AAHA accreditation means for you and your pet, call Bramer Animal Hospital at (847) 563-3158.

Going out of town?

We’ll watch your cat in our new cat boarding area!

Bramer Animal Hospital’s cat boarding area keeps your cats comfortable while they stay with us. Many cats don’t enjoy experiencing unfamiliar smells, sounds, sights and animals, so to keep your kitties at ease, the area is secluded from the busier parts of our hospital.

Since we are a full-service veterinary hospital, we can provide medical services while your cat boards with us. Medical boarding is a great option if your pet requires medication or any treatments while you’re away. We have a limited number of medical boarding spots available at any given time, so make sure you schedule well in advance.

2016 Preventive Health Program For Cats

Preventing diseases and other health problems is always cheaper and easier than treating them once they’ve developed. Below, we’ve shared our current preventive health care recommendations for your cats. For suggestions specific to your cat, schedule an appointment with your Bramer Animal Hospital veterinarian by visiting our website or calling 847-864-1700.

Current Recommendations:

Annual Physical Examination and Health Consultation


  • Purevax Rabies (yearly), Cook County legal requirement
  • Feline upper respiratory and distemper (every three years)
  • Feline leukemia (yearly if outdoor cat)
  • Annual Fecal Examination for Intestinal Parasites for outdoor cats and any cats who live with small children

Heartworm Prevention, intestinal parasite prevention and external parasite prevention should be considered for all outdoor cats We recommend monthly Revolution application from May through November
For cats over eight years old, we recommend complete examinations twice each year. We may also suggest laboratory screening based on exam results and owner preferences so we can establish a “baseline” for future monitoring.

2016 Preventive Health Program for Dogs

Current Recommendations:

Annual Physical Examination and Health Consultation


  • Rabies: Every 3 years for adult dogs
  • Distemper-Hepatitis-Parvo-Parainfluenza: Every 3 years for adult dogs
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough): Required by dog parks, dog beaches, daycare and boarding facilities
    • (Requirements vary from yearly to every 6 months)
  • Leptospirosis: Yearly and recommended especially for the same group of dogs that get the Bordetella vaccination
  • Canine Influenza (there are 2 different versions of this…the most recent is the H3N2 strain and many years ago we saw H3N8) we have no solid recommendations at this time as we do not know whether an outbreak will occur and how effective the immunization is. Many kennels are requiring H3N2 currently and we advise you check with the kennel you use to see if it is needed. Initially 2 immunizations 2-3 weeks apart are required for protection and annual boosters.

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