Illiana Veterinary Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of caring professionals provides Warm, Friendly, and Professional Service to both you and your pet.
Gina Frazier, Hospital Manager
Gina has been in the veterinary field for 15 years. She graduated from JJC as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2011. She is also certified in Fear Free Handling of animals. She has two sons who keep her on her toes when she is not in the clinic working.
Gina has one cat (Daisy), two dogs that are brothers (Bo and Duke) and some carnival goldfish. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and go to the beach during the summer.
Melanie Rosenbrock, Certified Veterinary Technician
|Melanie grew up in a small town out in the middle of nowhere where her love for every kind of animal sparked her interest in the veterinary medical field. In 2013, she graduated from the veterinary technology program at Parkland College. She is also certified in stress-free handling of dogs and cats. At home, she has two rescue dogs, a beagle named Wicket and a mixed breed named Phoenix.|
Renee Blocker, Certified Veterinary Technician
|Renee has been with the Illiana Veterinary Hospital team for several years. She began working as an animal care specialist and went on to complete the veterinary technology program at Parkland College in 2015. In her free time, Renee likes to travel and spend time outside with her two dogs, Trixie and Lexi. She also has two cats, Zelda and Smokey.|
Linda Veraldi, Client Care Specialist
|Linda is a retired critical care nurse who has worked for several years in the veterinary field. Her experience in nursing of 16 years has prepared her well for taking care of the various health problems of animals. Linda finds that caring for animals and their owners very special and rewarding.|
Denise Tiller, Client Care Specialist
Denise, while a new team member at Illiana Veterinary Hospital, is a third generation client of the hospital. Her entire family has experienced the care and devotion of the doctors and staff over many years. Her four-legged family consists of a chow mix, Baby Girl, a golden retriever, McKayla, and her granddog, Keeleigh, who is one of Baby Girl's pups, adopted by her daughter. Sadly, Denise recently had to say goodbye to her rescue Rottweiler mix, Pacey, who lived a happy 15+ years.
Jewel Bellones, Pet Care Attendant
|Jewel and her family immigrated from Cebu City, Philippines, in 2006. After originally working in a clerical position for 2 years, she decided to pursue her love of animals and became a staff member at Illiana Veterinary Hospital. Jewel's area of responsibility is the kennel. What she does for hospitalized patients is vital to their recovery. Jewel observes and reports response to medical treatment and surgical recovery. Her calm, gentle demeanor is a comfort to all our patients. We are really happy to have Jewel as a team member.|
Ellery Pazanin, Kennel Assistant
Ellery has been with us for a little over a year. Her area of responsibility as a kennel assistant is broad. She helps with the recovery of hospitalized pets and assists the veterinarians as well as the technicians. She has a great love for animals and dreams of someday becoming a veterinarian. Ellery is currently enrolled at Purdue University Northwest, studying biology/pre-veterinary medicine. In her spare time, Ellery loves spending time with her family and volunteering at the South Suburban Humane Society. She also loves anything Disney.
Maybelline, Clinic Cat
Maybelline is our clinic cat. She came to us in May 2017. She was found as a stray and had an unregistered microchip. She loves sitting in the front windows to greet clients as they come in and has a cute and sassy personality. When she's not catching some sun in the window, she likes to play with her feather toys and sleep on her cat tree for most of the day.
Heartworm Disease 101
What Is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm disease is a serious, potentially fatal disease in dogs, cats, and other mammals. It is caused by parasitic worms which live in the heart and other adjacent large blood vessels of infected animals. Heartworm disease had been reported in all 50 states and is most problematic an areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.
Heartworm Life Cycle
Dogs or other animals infected with Dirofilaria immitis are the reservoir for heartworm disease. The life cycle begins when a female mosquito bites an infected animal. Mosquitoes become infected with microfilariae, the larval form of the worm, when they take a blood meal.
Once in the mosquito, the microfilariae mature into the infective larval stage. Then when the mosquito bites another susceptible animal, the larvae is introduced into the new host.
A mosquito, the intermediate host for the worm, is required for transmission. It isn't spread directly from dog to dog. It takes about 2 months for these larvae to migrate into the animal's venous blood stream and to arrive to the vessels of the lungs.
It takes a total of 6 months for larvae to mature into adult heartworms which produce more microfilariae. Adult worms may live up to 5-7 years in the dog.
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