Pet Education and Counseling
Building lasting relationships with pets and their owners is one of our highest priorities here in Skokie. Pet education and counseling are integral to maintaining these relationships and keeping pets and their owners together for as long as possible. From the first life stage to the last, we want to be there for you and your four-legged family member. That means providing a lifetime of exceptional medical care and welcoming you into our hospital as family. Along with our hospital services, we aim to give you the necessary tools to care for your pet and ensure they live a long, happy life.
Puppy and Kitten Care
After you've adopted a new puppy or kitten, it's crucial that they see their veterinarian as soon as possible. Puppies and kittens are vulnerable to all kinds of health issues at this stage. Many are born with roundworms or other internal parasites that need to be treated quickly to prevent further problems. We also want to help make your new pet's transition into your household as easy as we can.
Most pets will receive the bulk of their medical care and treatments in their first year or life, and in their senior years. For your puppy or kitten's first visit, we recommend bringing a fresh fecal sample and any paperwork you received from the breeder or shelter. Click on the links below for a basic outline of what your puppy or kitten appointment schedule may look like:
Puppy and Kitten Kits
At your appointment, we will provide you with a puppy or kitten kit that includes information on the following:
Your veterinarian will want to discuss starting your new pet on vaccinations and parasite prevention. They will also cover behavior, training, diet, and much more. We suggest downloading and printing the following cheat sheets to help you:
Senior Pet Care
By maintaining a consistent healthcare routine throughout your pet's young and adult life, they should be prepared for their senior years. Dogs generally become seniors by age 7, while cats are seniors by age 8. Large-breed dogs tend to age even faster and reach their senior stage at 5 years old. Like people, cats and dogs will experience the effects of aging in the form of conditions such as arthritis, congestive heart failure, and incontinence. Senior pets should see their veterinarian twice a year for a health checkup, and should undergo routine diagnostics annually.
Your veterinarian will want to know how your pet is doing at home--how well they're eating, sleeping, eliminating and moving around. Diagnostics including blood work and radiography can help us check for hidden diseases or injuries. We love our senior patients, and highly value their comfort and continued good health. Preserving their quality of life is our main goal.
Bad behavior can happen to good pets, but you don't have to go through it alone. Our veterinary professionals can provide the support and counseling you need to correct your pet's unruly or destructive behaviors. Before you consider surrendering your pet or letting them run wild in the house, know that there is a solution. We can work with you to correct problems such as:
- Inappropriate urination/defecation
- Urine marking/spraying
- Separation anxiety
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Thunderstorm anxiety
- ...and more
Your doctor will want to discuss your pet's health history, home environment and daily habits. They will also conduct a thorough physical exam on your pet to see if their behaviors are triggered by a medical problem. If a medical problem is not the issue, we will move forward with behavior therapy. This will take time, but we can assure you that we will be fully committed to helping you and your pet.