Comprehensive Wellness Care for Elmhurst, IL Pets
At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, wellness in pet care is a philosophy that embraces health and longevity through a positive lifestyle, regular care, and early detection of problems. Pet wellness care encompasses every area of your pet’s life—from behavior to nutrition, check-ups to veterinary interventions—and is adjusted to meet the needs of the animal’s age, type, and stage of life.
Every life stage has general guidelines and recommendations for pet wellness care. The first stage is for babies. Typically you would not take a pet home until it is weaned or able to live without the mother’s nutritional support. At that point, these young pets require an initial veterinary visit to identify any immediate health problems or potential concerns.
In the first year of life, pets require a disease prevention plan that may include a vaccination protocol. In addition, the proper diet will enhance your pet’s immune system and reduce the potential for various illnesses, including heart and kidney disease.
An adult pet in good health should be examined annually. Senior pets such as dogs and cats aged 7 or older, or any pet with chronic problems, should be examined every 6 months.
Preventative Care Plans Offer Protection and Savings
To assist our clients with wellness care, Elmhurst Animal Care Center offers Preventative Care Plans for puppies, kittens, and adult dogs and cats. This is a monthly membership program that can save pet owners hundreds of dollars in veterinary fees each year!
Simply sign up for a Preventative Care Plan at your next visit or call our office to register. Your monthly membership fee is paid automatically through your credit card or by automatic withdrawal from your savings account. Convenient terms, dramatic savings, and lasting protection for your pet—contact us today for more information about Preventative Care Plans from Elmhurst Animal Care Center.
The Veterinary Exam
The first priority in the veterinary exam is to assess your pet’s overall state of health. We assess daily routine, exercise, and nutrition and address any questions or concerns you may have about your pet’s activities or behavior.
Next, we perform a general physical exam: We listen to the heart and lungs; closely examine the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth; plus gently check over the entire body, including legs, paws, fur, and skin, scales, or feathers. At that time we may perform other routine tests, such as blood work or tests for heartworm or other internal parasites. This is also the ideal time for vaccinations and preventives.
Finally, we assess the ideal nutritional program for your pet, including food, treats, and exercise. At this time, we often discuss any behavioral issues and create a plan to address them with training or lifestyle changes.
An annual visit for most pets may include:
- Appropriate vaccinations and checks for fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites, plus heartworm testing and prevention
- Checking your pet’s heart and lungs, plus an examination of the abdomen, head, and neck areas, including eyes, ears, and mouth
- Dental cleanings, nutritional recommendations, and exercise goals
Parasite detection, disease prevention, proper nutrition, and behavioral counseling are all part of our wellness approach to pet care. Bring your questions and concerns to the pet experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center for a positive and rewarding pet experience.
Our non-appointment system is designed with your busy lifestyles in mind—simply come in during doctors hours and we will arrange for you to see the next available veterinarian or the doctor of your choice. Visit our Contact Us page for details about our hours and appointment policy.
Every pet type requires regular veterinary exams to maximize good health and longevity.
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