There are more options these days for medical treatments for our pets if they’ve been injured, are sick or suffer from cancer. Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center has opened two new veterinary practices - the Chicago Veterinary Cancer Center, and the PawsitivEnergy Rehabilitation Center. The new facilities that have opened across the street from the main campus will offer more extensive services to pets diagnosed with cancer and needing physical therapy.
CVCRC, which is located on Clybourn in Roscoe Village in Chicago, offers emergency medical services and a comprehensive group of veterinary specialists. Together, they offer a wide range of services at one campus so pets may be treated for almost every illness and injury that may strike. Pet cancer services are a growing part of the picture.
The Cancer Center
It wasn’t all that long ago that a pet cancer diagnosis meant you were running out of time with your pet. No one would have thought of putting their dogs through chemotherapy or radiation. It’s much more commonplace now as treatments have evolved.
“Pet cancer treatments are not like it is with people – they don’t lose their fur or throw up,” ,” says Alicia Obando, a specialty coordinator with the facility. “Pets get a much lower dosage than humans do. My one dog went through chemo and she didn’t react differently at all. So much depends on how advanced the cancer is and where it’s located.”
The Cancer Center opened its doors in September with Medical Oncologist Dr. Jaclyn Smith and Radiation Oncologist Dr. Jayme Looper running the facility. This will be the first veterinary radiation therapy center under the direction of a board certified radiation oncologist in Chicago. The new equipment and software will help pinpoint radiation treatment while sparing surrounding tissues, allowing for safer treatment of soft tissue, bone and nervous system tumors with less adverse effects.
The Cancer Center isn’t the only state-of-the-art center that has opened at the new facility. A comprehensive veterinary rehabilitation center – PawsitivEnergy – will be offering a variety of rehabilitative therapies aimed at improving the quality of life for pet patients. Dr. Kevin Jones, , a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner, will be spearheading this practice.
“Dr. Johns is active in sports with his dog – various types of agility training,” adds Obando. “Just like people who are active in sports, dogs active in agility also are in need of rehab services because they tear ACLs or have other injuries. It’s wonderful that there are a variety of services to help dogs recover.”
The PawsitivEnergy Center provides a variety of services -
- Hudson AquaPaws Plus computerized hydro-treadmill with resistance jets
- Hudson Aquatherapy Pool
- Laser and Shockwave therapy
- Focused physical therapy for improving a pet’s quality of life during recovery from recent surgery or illness
For pets to see specialists at the facility, they must have a referral from their own veterinarian. This weekend, local vets will get a chance to see the new facilities at 3130 North Clybourn from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center also offers emergency veterinary services and a wide range of other specialty services such as cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, opthalmology and more.