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Lost dog, Hennessey reunited with ownerOne Friday this little dog, who we came to know as Hennessy, wandered into our tech Melanie's yard. She immediately brought the dog to our hospital and found that he had bite wounds all over the body from being attacked by an animal. He did not have a microchip or collar so we had no one way of knowing who he was!

We treated him and gave him lots of love while he stayed with us desperately hoping that his owner could be contacted. We posted on our hospital's Facebook page, the Kankakee County LOST and FOUND Pets, and Lost/Found Dogs Indiana.

As luck would have it, we found his owner. Turns out, Hennessy was missing for a while and had traveled from Crown Point all the way to Grant Park! Needless to say, they were extremely happy to see each other.

If this lucky pup didn't end up in Melanie's yard, things might have turned out very differently. We hope to use this as a reminder to microchip your pet.

Dog Chewy poses with his owner.Chewy Watson is a 10-year-old Pomeranian, who was brought to Illiana Veterinary Hospital for an exam due to weight loss and change in appetite. Chewy began vomiting a few days later, and because he didn’t return to his old self, we took chest x-rays.

In the x-rays, we found a very large mass on the left lung, so he was referred to the University of Wisconsin, where they performed surgery to remove the entire upper left lung lobe. Chewy has since returned home and is doing well with the excellent care the Watson family is providing.

We've recently seen a few cases of parvovirus at the clinic and would like to share important information about this virus with dog owners. Please call us at (708) 331-4640 if you have any questions or concerns about your pet.

Our team of caring professionals provides Warm, Friendly, and Professional Service to both you and your pet.

 Veterinary Technician Melanie with DogMelanie 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 received her degree as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Melanie currently has five rambunctious cats – Obsidian, Meeko, Penguin, Remy and Oliver – and a handsome little beagle named Wicket.
Certified Veterinary Technician Renee BlockerRenee has been with the Illiana Veterinary Hospital team for several years. She began working as an animal care specialist, but is now a Certified Veterinary Technician, having graduated with a CVT degree in the spring of 2015.  At home, she keeps herself busy taking care of all her critters — two cats, Zelda and Smokey, and five dogs, Trixie, Midnight, Lexi, Mia, and Peanut.
Linda Veraldi, Client Care Specialist at Illiana Veterinary HospitalLinda 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.

ccs-denise-tiller-dog-mckaylaDenise, 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 the many years. Her four-legged family consists of a soon-to-be 14-year-old Rottweiler mix “Pacey," a chow mix, “Baby Girl,” a golden retriever “McKayla,” and her granddog, “Keeleigh” (one of baby girl’s pups) whom her daughter adopted.


Kennel Assistant Amanda Vree with CatAmanda has been part of our team since 2008. Her area of responsibility is the kennel, where she helps with the hospitalized patients. She also does a great job in assisting the veterinarians and technicians with everyday care of the patients. Amanda is currently enrolled at Purdue University Calumet Campus, studying computer science. At home she has three cats named Etsy, Tubee, and Evil.
Jewel B, Pet Care AttendantJewel 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.

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

Heartworm Disease in DogsDogs 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.