Pet Wellness Care

Your Pet's Wellness Exam

Your Pet's Wellness Exam Preventing health problems before they start is the secret to keeping your pet healthy and happy! The veterinarians and medical team at West Suburban Veterinary Associates, P.C. emphasizes preventive care through regular wellness exams for your dog and cat. All pets should undergo a routine examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams allow us to detect and treat illness and disease before they adversely affect your pet's quality of life.

During an examination, we perform a "nose-to-tail" evaluation of your pet. This includes more than just checking your pet's eyes and ears and listening to his or her heart. We also perform routine laboratory tests (blood test for heartworm and fecal test for intestinal worms) and ask you questions about your pet's lifestyle and behavior. Examinations help us develop an overall picture of your pet's health and aid us in future medical treatments for your pet.

Client Education

When it comes to your pet's health, you are your dog or cat's most important ally! We believe that educated clients have healthy pets. The veterinarians and staff at West Suburban Veterinary Associates, P.C. are always eager to answer any questions you might have about your pet's care and share important veterinary medical information.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's preventive health care plan. Your pet is unique, and the veterinarians at West Suburban Veterinary Associates, P.C. develop individual vaccine protocols for every pet. However, we do follow these general guidelines:

We recommend and encourage yearly vaccines for feline and canine patients. Along with providing vaccinations against many contagious diseases, the exam allows us the opportunity to see your pet each year to discover other possible health issues. We offer a 3 year Rabies vaccine.

For cats: FVRCP, Rabies

For dogs: Rabies, DHPP, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, as well as yearly heartworm tests, yearly intestinal parasite screening. For a hunting dog or a dog that is often in the woods, we recommend testing for intestinal parasites every 6 months.

Pet Identification - Microchipping

Pet Identification - Microchipping Pet identification is a must! If your dog or cat is lost, proper identification can help reunite you and your best friend quickly and safely. A sturdy collar and a clearly-marked ID tag are just some of the steps you can take toward identifying your pet. Microchipping your pet is an additional method of identification we strongly recommend. West Suburban Veterinary Associates, P.C. uses the AVID microchip system. Please ask a staff member to schedule your pet's microchipping appointment today.

Senior Pet Care

Senior Pet Care As your pet ages, his or her health care needs change. Senior pets make wonderful companions, but they require veterinary care much different from puppies and kittens or adult pets.

A pet is considered a "senior" between the ages of six and seven. West Suburban Veterinary Associates, P.C. has developed a Senior Wellness Program that takes into account the unique needs of older pets. We encourage senior pets to come in for exams at least twice a year. If you notice any changes in your senior pet's health or behavior, please contact us right away.

Cancer Treatment

A diagnosis of cancer can be frightening. However, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, many pets can successfully battle cancer and go on to lead happy, healthy lives. West Suburban Veterinary Associates, P.C. uses the latest veterinary cancer treatments when treating dogs and cats with cancer.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is used to treat traumatic and degenerative diseases, including osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal injuries. By using stem cells derived from adipose (fat) tissue, damaged tissue can be repaired. Because stem cells can turn into many cell types as they develop - bone, cartilage, muscle, etc. - they are capable of regenerating numerous types of tissues. This therapy has so far proved very successful for both horses and companion pets.