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Doggy Daycare will be available in July!

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Welcome our new groomer to Sportsvet Animal Medical Center!

Welcome our new groomer to Sportsvet Animal Medical Center!

In efforts to continue to provide exceptional care to you, our SportsVet family, we are excited to welcome Holly to our team as the groomer at SportsVet Animal Medical Center! Holly has over 20 years of experience in the grooming field and will be adding a new, and much desired service to our team! If you are interested in learning more about Holly, please visit the "meet our staff" page for her full bio!
*Grooming services will be available in July, but appointments are booking now!



**Available July 2017... we will be offering LUXURY BOARDING SUITES!

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The future home of SportsVet Animal Medical Center!

The future home of SportsVet Animal Medical Center!

We strive to go above and beyond the standards of excellence in providing veterinary care. We owe it to our patients to be the best that we can be, every moment of every day. This new facility will allow us to continue setting our standards high, and more importantly, make a lasting impression in the lives of each client and patient that walks through our doors. This summer can't come soon enough for the team at SportsVet!
Stay tuned for more updates...
- Your SportsVet Team

National Pet Dental Month

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Does My Dog Really Need Heartworm Prevention?

The answer is absolutely yes.  Heartworm disease is a very serious condition and if left undetected or untreated, can result in death for any dog.  Heartworm prevention (tablet or treat form) can be easily administered on a monthly basis to prevent this disease.

Heartworms are spread via mosquitos.  Any time a dog goes outside (even just for a short potty break) they are potentially exposed to heartworm-carrying mosquitos.  It only takes one bite.  When an infected mosquito bites a dog the juvenile forms of the worm enter the bloodstream where they grow and circulate.  Eventually they reach the heart and pulmonary arteries and settle to mature to adulthood.  These worms can grow up to 12 inches in length and overtime cause severe damage to the heart and arteries.  This damage leads to progressive heart failure, lung disease and eventual death.

If a dog contracts heartworms and they reach adulthood, the only treatment involves a very serious series of injections and hospitalization.  The injections are very expensive and carry a high risk of fatal complications themselves. 

To avoid life-threatening and costly heartworm infections, owners can administer heartworm prevention at home on a monthly basis.  The preventatives on the market today eliminate the circulating adolescent stages of the worms, before they can mature and reach the heart.  They are a very safe and convenient way to prevent the risks and disease associated with these parasites.  Many heartworm preventatives also have other medications paired with them to control other parasites, like fleas and intestinal worms. 

Keep your dog happy, healthy, and heartworm free with monthly prevention!  Call the clinic today to learn more about heartworm disease and prevention or to find the medication right for your dog. Our technicians are always happy to answer questions!

Influenza Outbreak - UPDATE!

Influenza outbreak update!

Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin researchers recently reported that the outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest is a different strain of the virus than was earlier assumed.  The outbreak had been attributed to the H3N8 strain of the virus, which was identified in the U.S. dog population in 2004 and has been circulating since.  Additional testing indicate that the recent outbreak is being caused by a virus closely related to Asian strains of influenza  A H3N2 viruses.  The H3N2 virus had not previously been detected in North America.

Both Influenza strains can cause high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge and lethargy.  Symptoms may be more severe in cases caused by the H3N2 virus.  However, some infected dogs may not show any symptoms at all. 

It is not known if the current vaccine will provide complete protection from the H3N2 virus, but it is suspected to help lessen the symptoms of this strain.  The vaccine does provide protection from H3N8, which is in circulation in some areas.  Other preventive advice remains the same:  In areas where the viruses are active, avoid places where dogs congregate, such as doggy daycare, dog parks, or any other facility where they can interact with other dogs and spread the virus.

There is no evidence that this virus can be transmitted to humans.

Canine Influenza Virus

Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is a contagious respiratory virus that is spread quickly from dog to dog. This virus has been known for several years, and there have been severe outbreaks from time to time in several states.  Most recently, there has been a severe outbreak in the Chicago area.  The virus is spread through contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs which can occur through the air from sneezing and coughing, or through contact with contaminated objects, like bowls and bedding.  People can also spread the virus by interacting with infected dogs followed by uninfected dogs without first washing their hands. Because the virus is so easily transmitted from dog to dog, the dogs most at risk are those that frequent high-volume dog areas- doggy day care, dog parks, and training or grooming facilities.


Symptoms of the virus include cough, runny nose, and fever.  A small number of dogs, however, can develop a much more severe infection which may lead to pneumonia.  Since it can be difficult to distinguish from other respiratory infections, if your dog begins to exhibit any of these signs, they should be kept strictly at home. Do not take them to doggy daycare, dog parks, or any other facility where they can interact with other dogs and spread the virus.


Most dogs will not require any medical treatment if they become infected.  In 80% of cases, the virus runs its course, similar to a human flu, causing only mild clinical signs.  Supportive therapy at home may be recommended, such as encouraging your dog to drink (stay hydrated) and keeping them quiet (encourage rest).  With a more severe infection, dogs may develop secondary bacterial infections.  Some signs to watch for that may indicate this include: nasal discharge that becomes green or yellow, a cough that worsens or a cough that produces mucus, and a high fever.  If you see these signs please call us. 


A vaccine is available for this virus that was first developed in 2010.  The vaccine will not prevent infection entirely, but may work to decrease the symptoms and severity of the infection and also decreases the ability of the virus to be spread.  As with all vaccines, vaccine reactions can occur. The vaccine will be available here at SportsVet and may be recommended for those dogs that are frequently around many other dogs.  If you would like to discuss your dog’s risk level and determine if your dog would benefit from receiving this vaccine, or you have any further questions about CIV, please call the clinic at 217-355-1442, and our technicians will be happy to speak with you. 

SportsVet Animal Medical Center was the best vet I have ever had. I live in Minneapolis now and not only are all of the vets very expensive, they do not really seem to care in the same way Dr. Jacobs did.

Nadine Frances Mercil

I’ve never seen a vet be so caring and compassionate to not only the animals, but the animals owners as well. We think so highly of Dr. Jacobs and his staff that we travel and hour and a half for all our vet needs.

Keri Robinson

SportsVet Animal Medical Center performed TPLO surgery on our 7 year old flat-coat retriever. We were very pleased with her care, Dr. Jacobs and his staff could not have been more thorough, professional, and friendly.

Vickie Hart

Thank you so much, Dr. Jacobs and staff, for helping little Duke regain use of his left leg (he suffered a grade 4 patellar luxation). We so appreciate your kind care, surgical skill and postop therapy.

Lila & Barry McCammon

Dr. Jacobs and his staff are AMAZING. Every time I called, which was often (multiple times a week), they were happy to speak with me. They even sent me video of her during her underwater treadmill therapy. 4.5 years later, while some of her other joints struggle, her knee is perfect.

Callie Cozzolino

Dixie had her TPLO surgery on Jan. 10th and went for her first water therapy yesterday. She is doing great. Getting stronger and using her leg more everyday. Everyone at SportsVet is soooo supportive and caring. Thank you again so much!!!!

Becky Didier