Your Pet's Health at Every Age and Stage
The doctors and staff at Forest Glen Animal Hospital strongly believe prevention is the key to your pet's long-term health. If a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood it can be treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.
Annual or semi-annual preventative care examinations at our animal hospital are your veterinarian's chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes with you, educate and update you on advancements in medical care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you have.
Wellness Care for Chicago PetsYour pet's preventative care examination at Forest Glen Animal Hospital includes your veterinarian's commitment to:
-Examine your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
-Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
-Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
-Examine the respiratory system
-Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
-Test your pet's reflexes
-Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
-Inspect the skin
-Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
-Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
-Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits
-Inquire as to your pet's activity level
-Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
-Monitor your pet's blood count
-Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
-Assess and evaluate changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
-Discuss preventive techniques
-Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
-Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
-Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
-Demonstrate how to administer at-home medication
-Answer your questions and concerns
During each examination, we take the time to listen to your concerns, answer questions, and give you all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. We also discuss your pet's medical history, nutritional needs, behavior and exercise routine. Good communication ensures your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention needed to live a long, healthy life.
At home, watch for subtle changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, general attitude and activity level. Should your pet exhibit any changes or signs of potential illness, please don't wait. Schedule an appointment right away.
Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Your veterinarian will tailor a vaccine protocol to your pet based on his or her breed, age, lifestyle and recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Adult Dog and Puppy Vaccines
Core Vaccines: DHLPP (combined Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza), Rabies
Non-Core: Lyme Disease, Bordetella
Adult Cat and Kitten Vaccines
Core Vaccines: FVRCP (combined Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia), Rabies
Non-Core: Feline Leukemia (for cats that go outside)
Your pet's vaccine schedule is balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating. Please contact us for more information about our customized vaccination protocols and why they are best for your pet.
Caring for Your New Puppy or Kitten
Bringing a puppy or kitten home is a very exciting time for you and your family. Your veterinarian and medical team at Forest Glen Animal Hospital share your joy and are here to support you with individualized puppy and kitten wellness programs, vaccinations and home care guidance.
Our puppy and kitten programs are designed to cover all the fundamental health care needs of your new pet during his/her early life stages. We also have complementary puppy and kitten wellness packs with Heartworm and flea preventatives to get you started at home.
Puppy Care from your VetYour puppy's or kitten's first year of care at Forest Glen Animal Hospital will include:
Physical Examinations: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive nose-to-tail physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These longer visits are important because they provide your veterinarian an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines.
Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to suggested medical guidelines.
Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for Heartworm and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS.
Extended Discussion: Do you have questions about nutrition, training, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, grooming, or parasite protection? What about tips for introducing your new pet to other pets and family members? We take plenty of time during these visits to offer health care and training advice, and talk with you about any concerns.
Puppy and kitten visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy, healthy life. Let's take these important first steps together. Call today to schedule an appointment for your new pet!
Senior Pet Care
Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. By learning more about the special needs of your senior pet, you're taking the first step toward providing the best care for your friend in his or her golden years.
Pets in their senior years—those of about seven years of age and older—begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. However, this process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Preventative care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can also help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages. Senior pet examinations at our animal hospital include a complete blood panel with a urinalysis and extra time in the examination room reviewing your pet's history and overall health.
With our help, you can prolong your pet's good health and well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit. We can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.
Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to you and your pet.
Prevalent tick-borne diseases in Chicago include Lyme Disease and Ehrlichiosis, which can be significant threats to you and your dog, especially during the warmer months. Ticks and tick eggs live in the grass and weeds. Check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.
Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. In fact, flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems veterinarians see. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and even just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes “cat scratch disease” in people), and parasites like tapeworms.
The best course of action to protect your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks, and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. There are many safe and effective oral and topical flea and tick control products available at our hospital. Your veterinarian can help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status.
Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Today, Heartworm disease is found almost everywhere in the continental United States.
Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing. Because Heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly condition, we recommend your dog be tested annually.
Fortunately, Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. If you would like to find out more information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite or if you'd like to have your pet tested for Heartworm disease, call Forest Glen Animal Hospital today for an appointment.