The Best Vet


The readers of the Southtown Star recently voted for the Best of Chicago’s Southland for 2014.  Crestwood Animal Clinic was selected the Best Vet.  Readers submitted ballots cut out from the Southtown Star or voted online.  Thank you pet owners for letting us treat your pets for over 32 years.



Lyme Disease Awareness Month


May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. The disease is spread by the bite of an infected tick. The tick injects spirochetes (bacteria) of Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) into the skin. It takes 24-48 hours of the tick feeding before B. burgdorferi can be passed on to a dog or a human. It does not spread from dog to humans or other dogs. It must pass through the tick.
Occasionally dogs develop a rash around the tick bite. Other signs of Lyme disease include fever, lethargy, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite and limping. The disease can cause kidney inflammation, and it can damage the heart and nervous system. Blood tests are needed to diagnose the disease. Dogs are tested yearly at Crestwood Animal Clinic with their yearly heartworm test.
We have had 20 dogs test positive for Lyme disease (10 within the last year). There is a vaccine available for dogs.
We advise all dog owners to have their dog vaccinated for Lyme disease. Dogs vaccinated during May will get to “Pick a Tick” for a chance to win a prize-$20.00 off their next veterinary exam, a stuffed toy, a tick remover, or a tick ID card (while supplies last).
If your pet has a current Lyme vaccination, you can also “Pick a Tick”. Please call 708-396-1014 to schedule vaccination or with any questions.

Congratulations Dr. Craig Wardrip


On September 11, 2013 Dr. Craig Wardrip was awarded the 2013 Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.  He is pictured above with Dean Willie Reed.  He was recognized for his excellence in teaching, clinical medicine, organized veterinary medicine, the military, work with veterinary technician programs and community service.  He is a distinguished alumnus of Purdue University who truly “bleeds Black and Gold”.  Check out his “gold ” shoes.

End of Summer Blues


As the dog days of summer draw to a close, your pet may find himself all alone.  After a great summer playing with the family, more outdoor time, longer walks, and days of sleeping late, back to school time may require a major adjustment for your pet.

Kids going away to college, students and teachers returning to the classroom, even new clothes can make a pet nervous.  Some pets develop a loss appetite, separation anxiety, night pacing, barking, digging, chewing, and even depression.

Try to make the changes less traumatic.  Try fostering new bonds between your pet and a family member who will continue to be home.  Assign new roommates for your pet before your college bound student leaves.  If your house is going to be an empty nest, gradually begin leaving your pet alone an hour or two at a time.

Exercise can help form new bonds and ease the anxiety of change.  Rain or shine, warm or cold weather, daily physical exercise is a must.  Indoor games of fetch and refresher courses in obedience commands can help your pet adjust.

When you leave for the day, give your pet an old T-shirt or sweatshirt that has your family scent to help him feel less lonely.


   I was looking through Drs. Susan and Craig’s computer when I found this letter they wrote about Newton, their Golden Retriever.  I have the big job of following in Newton’s footsteps.  Read their letter below.


Wardrip, Newton


Some of you may have noticed that our dog, Newton is no longer hanging around the clinic.  Unfortunately, we said goodbye to him on December 2, 2010.  It was an extremely difficult decision but he let us know without a doubt that it was time.  He lived a long and wonderful life.  He was 16 years and 8 months.  I would have never thought when we got him over 16 years ago that we would have him that long.  We have been with many of you when you said goodbye to your pets.  We lose a little piece of our hearts with the loss of each of your pets.  I will have to say that the loss of Newton was like a major heart attack.  It felt like my soul was ripped from my body.  Newton was not only my constant shadow at home but he was my constant companion at work also.  We were together almost 24/7.  I was rarely out of his sight.  If I even went to the mailbox without him. I would find him inside the door upset that I left him for a minute.  He did have a mild case of separation anxiety when it came to me.

I would like to say that he was the perfect dog (he was of course).  He did have a few minor flaws.  Newton did manage to peel the drywall off the laundry room wall when he was confined as a puppy.  Once he had free rein of the house he was fine.  The laundry wall was never repaired.  Craig calls it Newton’s art work.  And there was the time that he ate the top off of my chocolate chip muffin (the best part) off the kitchen counter, the only time he took anything off the counter.

He did have some memorable moments.  I used to take  him to preschools when I talked to children about what I do and about pets.  I had a group of four year olds in a circle around Newton on the floor.  They were taking turns listening to his heart with a stethoscope.  I looked down at Newton and one little boy had his fingers up to the second  joint in Newton’s nose.  Newton just laid there and didn’t move, always the gentleman.

He was known to protect us also.  One morning I took Becky to school, and when I returned home to get ready for work they had blocked off my street.  Newton was riding shotgun.  Unfortunately I rolled down his window to speak to the supervisor.  The supervisor came up to the window to talk to me.  Fortunately I was extremely quick. because mild mannered Newton decided the supervisor was a threat to me and tried to tear him apart.  Nice to know if I ever needed protection he had me covered.

As he got older and younger dogs joined the family we had to sadly watch Newton get herded to the back of the pack.  Rocky, our Mother’s dog, and Hudson, our son and daughter-in-law’s dog, always wanted to be first out, first in the car, first to get a cookie, etc.  Newton always rode shotgun in the car and he never gave up his seat to those youngsters.  I loved that he held on to his seat.

He got a little grabby with cookies as he got older and didn’t see well.  We were worried a little about Newton with our first grandchild, Marissa.  He was always the great dog we knew he was.  Marissa fell on top of him and he just looked at her like that’s what babies do, it’s okay.

When we adopted Newton, the kids were all ready and had been for months.  Our dog, Lo, that we adopted from vet school was over seventeen when we lost him.  Newton came into our lives and I was a little hesitant.  I didn’t think I was ready.  By the end of the afternoon, I was a marshmallow, totally in love with him.  Our daughter, Jean, named him Newton, as in Isaac not fig.  We all agreed we could live with the name Newton.  It fit him perfectly.

So my heart is slowly mending but there will always be a big chunk missing.  I can occasionally talk about Newton without crying but it is difficult.  The next dog in the Wardrip house has some very special paws to fill.

Sue (& Craig)

As you can tell I have a difficult job ahead of me but Sue whispers in my ear all the time that she loves me and that I am a great dog that is just as special as Newton.

                                                                                     Jackson Zebulon Xanthus Wardrip

P.S. You can go to our website to the In Memoriam page and send a flower, send love or light a candle in loving memory of a special pet.





Thunderstorms and Fireworks

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Unfortunately many pets develop a fear of loud noises.  Many animals get progressively worse over time.  You can use a technique called counter-conditioning to help your pet overcome his fear of loud noises.  You need a recording of thunderstorms and/or fireworks that your pet responds to with anxiety or fear. The basis of the counter-conditioning is to play the recording constantly while the pet is having pleasant experiences-eating, receiving pets, etc.  You play the recording at a low volume where there is no reaction.  Over time you gradually increase the volume.  Reassure him if he gets anxious when you increase the volume.

It is not a quick fix but it is great to know that your pet can handle the stress of loud noises when you are not there. The length of time involved varies from pet to pet but can take a few weeks.

Stop in our office to pick up more detailed instructions on counter-conditioning your pet to thunderstorms and fireworks. He will love you for making the effort.

Time to stock up on Heartworm, Flea and Tick Preventatives!

Hi, welcome to my blog.  My name is Jackson Zebulon Xanthus Wardrip. I live with Drs. Susan and Craig Wardrip.  I was born May 31, 2011.  The name Xanthus means “golden one” which fits because I am a Golden Retriever. Craig liked the name Zebulon and Sue liked Jackson.  Sue picked me up when Craig was out of town inspecting a veterinary technician school, so my first name is Jackson. They only call me by my full name when I am in trouble (which is extremely rare). I come into the clinic almost daily so I hope to let you in on what we see and do here.

Fleas and ticks season has started.  We are seeing lots of infested pets.  Merial the makers of Frontline® Plus and Heartgard ® Plus have a special offer available at our clinic until September 30, 2013.  Purchase 12 doses of Heartgard ®Plus (and get a $12 rebate) and 6 doses of Frontline ® Plus (and get 2 doses free) on one invoice and you get a free Zanie stuffed toy.  They are also offering a discount of $25.00 with the above purchases (given at the time of check out).

Act fast to take advantage of the savings:

  • $12.00 Heartgard ®Plus rebate
  • 2 free doses of Frontline ® Plus
  • Free stuffed toy
  • $25.00 Wellness Coupon