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Are Yearly Pet Exams Really Necessary?

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Absolutely! The best medicine is prevention, and for the best preventive care, your pet needs to pay us yearly visits here in Norridge so we can make sure they’re healthy. Your pet can experience many different changes in a year, so it’s important that we work together to prevent illness and help them live the longest life possible. The services that comprise pet wellness care are a vital part of your four-legged friend’s health and lifestyle.

During annual pet exams, we provide:

  • Carefully recommended vaccines
  • A variety of diagnostics for parasite screening and disease detection
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Parasite control
  • Oral health checks
  • ...and more

Wellness for Puppies, Kittens and Senior Pets

The health of your puppy or kitten depends highly on the care they receive in their first few months of life. Along with being fragile, their bodies do not have strong immunity to disease. Regular checkups, vaccine boosters and deworming make up the crucial first stage of pet wellness care.

Senior dogs and cats also need to see their veterinarian more often. Semiannual exams may be recommended so we can keep your pet’s health in check and treat any age-related issues, like arthritis, diabetes, obesity and incontinence.

What to Expect from Your Pet's Exam

During a physical exam, your veterinarian checks your pet’s heart, temperature, and all physical attributes including their coat, ears, eyes, nose and teeth. They'll chart their findings to create a medical history for your pet and point out possible health concerns. Furthermore, any questions that you have are best addressed during this time.

Vaccines specifically suited to your pet’s needs are generally given during the pet wellness exam. You should also bring a fresh stool sample so we can check for intestinal parasites.

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Parasites Your Pet Might Meet During Their Lifetime

Some of the parasites most commonly found on and/or in our four-legged friends include:

  • Heartworm disease
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Hookworms
  • Giardia

Even if you are not familiar with these pests, they might pose a danger to your pet thanks to the diseases they can cause. Heartworm disease that goes untreated can cause irreversible damage to your pet’s heart, or it can even be fatal. Ticks can spread Lyme disease to both dogs and humans. We offer parasite control that can keep your pet protected throughout the year, so be sure to ask about our preventative options and pet wellness services!

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