Treating Pets Well to Keep Them Well
While our pets cannot live as long as we would like them to, they are living longer than ever thanks to higher quality veterinary medicine and educated pet owners. We now have the resources and abilities to give our beloved companions the long, happy lives they deserve. At Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital, wellness care and pet exams are provided to not only keep pets healthy, but to prevent future issues. Several factors contribute to a pet wellness program, including physical exams, vaccinations, diagnostics, parasite prevention and more.
Preventive Pet Exams
Our pets need to undergo annual physical exams by their veterinarian to evaluate their current health status, establish a comprehensive health history, and check for underlying problems. During the physical exam, we will assess your pet’s skin/coat, eyes, ears, teeth, heart, limbs, paws, tail, and reproductive organs. If we notice anything unusual, we will let you know, and offer suggestions for treatment.
Following the exam, your veterinarian will want to know if you have any concerns about things you have observed in your pet at home. We also ask that you come prepared with questions, because this is the best time for us to address them.
Wellness Blood Work
For a more thorough examination of your pet, it is important that we conduct routine blood work to evaluate their blood and internal organ function. With blood testing, we can detect heartworm disease, check thyroid and measure electrolyte levels in your pet. This service allows us to build a more complete profile of your pet’s overall health and may show us something we might otherwise have missed. Our in-house laboratory equipment enables our technicians to run a variety of tests and obtain results in a short amount of time.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Newly-adopted puppies and kittens should be brought in to see us as soon as possible so we can establish a treatment plan and screen for parasites. Many puppies and kittens are born with some type of intestinal parasite; once we have identified the intruder, we can proceed with an appropriate treatment to eliminate the parasites and improve your pet’s health.
Senior Pet Care
Senior pets should be examined every six months assess their health status. We also recommend blood work, urine testing and X-rays once a year to screen for signs of disease and injury. We will also monitor your pet’s weight and offer suggestions to keep them trim, as their diminished activity will make them prone to weight gain. Disease can develop rapidly in older pets, so be sure to maintain contact with your veterinarian.
At-Home Dental Maintenance
For a long, healthy life, it helps to have a healthy mouth. First, preserve your pet’s pearly whites by brushing their teeth daily. For added benefit, try dental chews, treats and food specifically made to promote oral hygiene. We would be happy to recommend products for you to use at home, and can also brush your pet’s teeth during their grooming visit.
When discussing your pet’s lifestyle, we will want to know about their environment at home, whether they occasionally go traveling with you, or if they visit the boarding kennel once or twice a year. Knowing your pet’s lifestyle helps us determine their risk of encountering parasites such as ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. From there, we will recommend parasite preventatives that will afford your pet the greatest protection and keep them healthier overall.
If you have any questions about our pet exams or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at (630) 469-7400.