We Care for Senior Pets

By the age of 7, most pets are considered to be seniors. Around this age, many pets also begin developing health conditions that can lead to more serious problems if left undetected and untreated. This is why we recommend twice yearly wellness exams for senior pets. Early detection, coupled with rigorous treatment and advanced care, can offer significant health benefits, including a longer, healthier life.

What to Expect During Your Visit

After the age of 7, we recommend a doctor see your senior pet every six months. During these visits, your pet can expect to receive:

  • A hands-on, head to tail physical examination
  • Vaccination boosters (if required)
  • Testing for parasites and worms
  • Parasite and heartworm preventatives
  • A dental examination
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Diagnostic testing, which many include:
    • Complete blood chemistry panel and blood count (CBC)
    • Urinalysis
    • Thyroid check
    • Electrolyte check
    • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
    • Radiographs
    • Advanced diagnostics

Your pet’s veterinarian will also provide important information, including:

Warning Signs

If your pet exhibits any of the following behaviors, do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Loss or increase in appetite
  • Loss or increase in thirst
  • Aggressive or withdrawn behavior
  • Problems hearing or seeing
  • Pain or injury
  • Labored breathing
  • Dental problems
  • Weight loss

To schedule an exam for your senior pet, please contact us today. We are open 7 days a week, with doctor’s hours Monday through Saturday. No appointments are required (but they are available if preferred). While we ask that all appointments be scheduled 48 hours in advance, it is sometimes possible to see a doctor the same day based on availability. Note that ER services are available after hours and on Sundays.

Handsome 79 year old senior man petting his dog

Walk-ins Welcome!

We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!

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News & Events

The 4th Annual Mystic Market!

Join us at the 4th Annual Mystic Market: A Mystical and Magical Fundraiser with Powerful Featured Readers and Amazing Handcrafted Items for Sale! The event takes place Saturday, October 20th from 11AM - 4:30PM. Meet featured celebrity psychic reader, Theo Kostaridis! The event will host a bake sale with delicous homemade treats as well as Fall Pet Photos for $10 from 11AM - 3PM. Dress your pet in costume for the Pet Costume Contest at 12:30PM! Proceeds from the event benefit Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue & Sacred Space Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.

Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Class!

Join us on Sunday, October 7th from 9AM - 12PM at our clinic for a Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Class! This class is ideal for anyone who loves animals including: animal professionals, pet sitters, animal shelter staff/volunteers, rescue personnel, First Responders, Fire/EMT and pet owners alike! Taught by trained professionals, it provides each participant an overview of what to do in an emergency situation with their pet prior to getting veterinary care. For more information or to register, click HERE. Check out the Facebook Event HERE. A portion of each registration benefits our rescue partners at St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines.

Save the Date! Join Us at the Magnificent Mutts & Meows Run4Paws 5K!

Join us and rescue partners Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue for their 4th annual Run4Paws 5K & 2K Puppy Path! The event takes place Saturday, October 6th at McCollum Park (6801 Main St.) in Downers Grove with the race starting promptly at 9AM. The best part: attendees are welcome to race with their dog! Medals are awarded for males and females in each age category.
For additional information and to register, please click HERE.

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