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We would like to indroduce you to Preiser Animal Hospital's "Miracles of the Month" for those brave individuals that overcame the odds. 

                                                                   The Story of Lunah and Cora....

These two tiny little kittens were both truly a miracle to my family’s life. They had gone

through many hardships but eventually, they are now living a life in a good home. It all started

when my family’s two cats had gone with my sister to Colorado a few months back. I was

greatly troubled to see these cats leave, which we had gotten from this very shelter. A few

months later in September, my family was lonely without a cat and decided to adopt two new

kittens that we would love and cherish forever. One day, my mom, my cousins and I had gone

to the shelter and headed straight for the kitten room. When we had gotten there, there were

about twenty kittens, either meowing, eating, or sleeping. There we saw these two black and

white adorable kittens that were playful and looked so adorable. However, I never expected

what these adorable fur balls were about to experience. After a while at our house, Cora was

beginning to look lethargic and threw up a lot. We took her to the doctor first and I thought

they were O.K. One day after a long day at school, my mom had finally broken the news to me

that Cora and Lunah were at the hospital and had feline parvo. I began crying and hoping that

they may be able to make a recovery. Cora was so sick, that she could not come home. Lunah

was not as sick, but they wanted to keep her just in case. The most depressing part about this

grueling time was that I was not of age to visit the kittens in the rooms they were in. On top of

that, I could not tell day by day if they were alive or not because I was at school all day. After a

few grueling days and many prayers, the kittens had finally come home. I was thankful because

I knew it was a miracle and that they will be O.K. Doctor Preiser, Jamie and the staff took such

good care of my kittens. Today, these two little adorable kittens are living a good life in a good

home in which they can live for a long, long time.

                                                                      And the Story of Gia...

I was looking for a dog, male shepherd mix about 1-2 yrs old.  We went to many shelters and came upon Heartland one Sunday afternoon.  I walked in knowing what I was looking for, then, to my left was this adorable 5 month old female shepherd mix!  I fell in love immediately!  She was the one, completely opposite of what I was looking for :)  Her name is Gia.  I had to wait to bring this delight home until she was over her kennel cough, get vaccines and to be spayed.  So, I visited her everyday the shelter was open for 3 weeks.  I received a phone call asking if I would like to bring her home early since she was not getting better at the shelter, that maybe she would improve by not being with her adorable 2 brothers and have one on one care.  Of course, I jumped on that!  I brought her home and she did improve, in fact her cough was gone one and a half weeks later after changing antibiotics and having steam treatments.  So, the cough was gone on a Monday, the next day (my birthday)  she started becoming ill again, very lethargic and not eating.  She went to the vet that afternoon and  was diagnosed with Parvovirus, which can be highly fatal to puppies.  I was told by the vet at Preiser, it was good that she was brought in right away to start treatment.  They would do everything they could to help Gia. She was in the ICU and needed IV antibiotics and fluids.  I was asked not to come visit because it may upset her to see me and it may interfere with her care.   I did receive updates daily on her progress. She was still not eating on day 3.  Finally, that Friday I called and asked if I could please visit with her and bring her favorite toy.  I did get to visit with her for 10 minutes and brought her blue dragon.  When she saw her dragon, the tail started to slowly wag.  I had to leave her which was very hard, waiting for that phone call with bad news.   Well, I did receive a phone call that night.   I was told the visit must have been good for Gia because she started to eat some food when it was offered!  Great news! I went to visit her everyday after and she improved daily!  She was at Preiser animal hospital for one week.  This little fighter is doing wonderful one month later!  Thank you to Heartland and Preiser for not giving up on her and for all the loving care from the entire staff!


Many of you may have heard the word before either from us here at Preiser Animal Hospital, a breeder, or even read about it while filling out your dog park form, so what is Leptospirosis?  Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can affect our pets, wildlife, and even us.  It is spread through the urine of infected animal and can survive in the soil, streams, lakes and puddles for months.  If your dog drinks from that contaminated source, or even steps in it then grooms himself he can potentially become infected.  So what does an infected animal look like you may be wondering?  The signs and symptoms are not always very specific to the disease.  Initially you may notice that your dog is not acting right, they may have a fever, decrease appetite and some may even begin to vomit.  The bacteria can cause liver failure, kidney failure,  and even death if left untreated.  Also very importantly, this is one disease that we can catch from our pets if we are handling their urine with the same deadly outcome!  The easiest way to prevent the disease is by vaccinating your pet against the four most common strains in our area.  It will keep your pet's safe, and YOU safe. 


Ask us about our Class IV Laser!!!

In December 2011 we added a Class IV Therapy Laser to our arsenal of tools to treat:

          -Pain Relief

          - Wound Healing

          - Arthritis

          - Cystitis

          - Otitis

          - Intervertebral Disc Disease

          - Skin Infections/Hot spots

          - Degenerative Joint Disease

          - Lick Granulomas

          - Periodontal Disease/Gingivitis

The therapy laser can help ease the pain of arthritis without the use of medication or surgery.  It also speeds healing following surgery or an injury.  This FDA-approved laser uses deep-penetrating light waves to stimulate both the release of endorphines to ease pain and increase circulation to reduce inflammation and expedite healing.  We can finally improve your pet's quality of life without the use of oral medications and the unwanted side effects that those bring.  We use it with nearly every surgery patient that comes thru our door to ensure that they remain as comfortable as possible during their recovery.  If you are interested in learning more about this cutting-edge tool, please call to speak with one of our staff members. 


Introducing Sentinel, Parastar Plus and Vectra 3D....

The warm weather is back and with that comes the reminder of heartworm, fleas and ticks!!! There have been a few changes this year in our recommendations. In years past we have recommended Heartgard Plus as your heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention and Frontline Plus for fleas and ticks. This year we would like to introduce you to Sentinel for your heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention. Heartgard has been very reliable in preventing heartworm disease and treating both roundworms and hookworms which are 2 intestinal parasites very common to this area. However, as we have seen a rise in the prevalence of whipworms, a very hearty intestinal parasite, we are now recommending Sentinel.  Sentinel is still as reliable in preventing heartworm disease and treating roundworm and hookworms, but they also have an additional de-worming medication to take care of any whipworms as well. Whipworms can be tricky to diagnose because they carry with them a low worm burden and only intermittently shed eggs, but they can cause hemorrhagic diarrhea if left untreated. 

For all your flea and tick concerns, we would also like to introduce you toParastar Plus and  Vectra 3D. Both products have quicker kill time for both fleas and ticks (it only protects against fleas in cats) which means a much lower risk of any disease transmission for diseases such as Lymes, Anaplasma, Erlichia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Vectra 3D works within 4-6 hours to kill fleas and ticks.  Parastar Plus has the quickest kill time of any veterinary recommended and FDA approved topical product.  It works within 1 hour to kill any fleas and ticks that may have found their way onto your pet.  Both products protect against multiple species of ticks that are prevelant in our region. Vectra 3D and Parastar Plus are perfect for dogs that spend a lot of time outdoor because it is more stable in the presence of sunlight and both are very safe to use. If you do have a household with cats and dogs, the manufacture does recommend keeping the cat away from the dog until the product has had time to dry.

So next time you are in ask one of our staff memebers if Sentinel coupled with Parastar Plus or Vectra 3D is right for your pet!!!


"Preiser Animal Hospital will do our absolute best to welcome you to a friendly atmosphere, while treating you, your animals, and one another with the utmost compassion, respect and care.  We strive to provide our patients quality and progressive medicine during illness and in health.  Our mission is to provide a service of preventative and natural wellness for your animal from the very young to the senior stages of life...with a smile."


Welcome treiser Animal Hospital

Located in Northbrook, IL the veterinarians at Preiser Animal Hospital are committed to your pet's health. Northbrook based Preiser Animal Hospital excels in the science of Veterinary medicine and was founded in 1965 by Dr. Herbert Preiser. Since then Dr. Kristine Preiser, Dr. Katie Becker, Dr. Caryl Buonopane and Dr. Geraldine Cretacci have joined the rest of our team in compassionate veterinary care in the Northbrook area.   

Preiser Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital whose mission is to provide the highest standard of veterinary care for pets. We provide friendly, informative, and supportive services for you and your pet, while maintaining a superior working environment for our employees.

Preiser Animal Hospital offers the Northbrook animal community emergency veterinary services as well as medical, surgical, and dental veterinary care during clinic hours. With an in-house pharmacy, access to specialists, on site grooming, boarding, and a pet store, Preiser Animal Hospital is well-equipped to serve all of your pet's health and medical care.  Community Services

Preiser Animal Hospital works closely with the community to help local animal shelters. In 2002, Dr. Herbert Preiser founded Heartland Animal Shelter which is located in the building next door to the clinic. The shelter now finds homes for over 1000 animals per year and has been gaining recognition of one of the top animal shelters in the Chicago area. Continuing her father's work, Dr. Kristine Preiser volunteers her time as the shelter veterinarian to perform all the spays and neuters for the shelter, as well as oversees all medical care for the animals while they are waiting to find their forever homes. To find out more please visit them at www.heartlandanimalshelter.net.

Your Pets....Our Family!

We are open for walk-in appointments during normal business hours and on Saturdays.  We are available for scheduled surgeries and dental procedures Monday through Friday.

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We accept walk-ins until 30 minutes prior to closing.

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