Pet Wellness Care and Maintenance
Your pet's health requires upkeep just like yours does. Due to their shorter lifespan, they need routine wellness visits for early disease detection and health maintenance. Cats and dogs that see their veterinarian regularly are more likely to live a longer life. At Companion Animal Hospital of Skokie, pet wellness care is a lifelong healthcare program that we tailor to meet our patients' individual needs. Thus, we recommend yearly exams to assess your pet's health status and check for unusual changes. Our wellness programs encompass many services, including exams, vaccinations, blood tests and parasite prevention. They also give your doctor a chance to further educate you in the best ways to care for your pet, and answer any questions you have.
What We Look For During Pet Exams
The wellness exam is a thorough physical in which we check your pet from nose to tail for any lumps, bumps or other potential problems. The exam is also the first step in accurately diagnosing an acute or chronic condition. Overall, the wellness visit involves:
- Checking the ears, eyes, teeth, skin, coat, joints and paws
- Checking weight, temperature and heart rate
- Vaccinations and establishing a vaccine schedule
- Testing blood and stool for parasites
- Discussing additional treatments that may be needed
If your pet is a senior (seven years or older), be sure to bring them in twice a year for their checkup. Senior pets are much more vulnerable to disease and injury. Regular communication between you and your doctor is key to giving your pet the longest, healthiest life possible. We are always happy to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions about their care.
Parasite Prevention and Treatment
Parasites may be here to stay, but your pet doesn't have to fall victim to an infestation. We routinely test pets for heartworms, roundworms, and other internal parasites that can make them very sick. Puppies and kittens are often born with intestinal parasites they receive while in the womb or while nursing their mothers. Fecal testing is an important part of your new pet's first wellness exam because it helps us set a baseline and address immediate health concerns.
Parasitic diseases and infestations are treatable with medication and careful monitoring, but prevention is still the best medicine. Heartworm disease can be fatal if left untreated, and ticks can spread Lyme disease, which can make pets severely ill. Our hospital in Skokie offers a variety of safe and effective parasite preventatives to keep your pet protected throughout the year.