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Pet Wellness

A long, happy and healthy life begins with preventative care.

We never want your special friend to feel less than their best. At Archer Veterinary Clinic, we offer a complete list of pet wellness services that promote optimal health in your furry friend and preventative care is the very first step. Our team of veterinary professionals will take a close look at your pet’s age, current health status, breed, lifestyle, and more to create a customized wellness plan tailored specifically to your pet’s needs.

Preventative care is also a fantastic way to monitor your pet’s health during each stage of his or her life. By beginning routine visits early in life, we can more easily discover potential health concerns as they arise.

If you have any questions about the wellness services offered at Archer Veterinary Clinic, please give us a call at 630-257-5121.

 

Wellness Exam

Pets age at a much faster rate than we do, so routine wellness check-ups are of extreme importance. Based on your pet’s age and current health status, we recommend visiting us one or two times a year.

Wellness exams are critical during every stage of your pet’s life and are a staple of the preventative care we provide at Archer Veterinary Clinic. Our veterinarians are highly skilled at detecting potential health concerns by performing a thorough nose-to-tail physical examination. If we identify an abnormality, our facility is fully equipped to run further diagnostics and advanced imaging so we can make a diagnosis and begin treatment promptly. Your pet’s wellness visit is also an opportune time to discuss any questions regarding at-home care with your pet’s veterinarian.

 

Vaccinations

Vaccines make once life-threatening conditions entirely preventable. At Archer Veterinary Clinic, we offer core and non-core vaccines based on your pet’s lifestyle, risk of exposure, disease severity, and risk of infection to others.

  • Core Vaccines for Dogs: Rabies, DA2PP
  • Core Vaccines for Cats: Rabies, FVRCP

Non-core vaccines are lifestyle-dependent and recommended on a case by case basis. We never want to over-vaccinate our patients, but we want to make sure they are protected! During your pet’s wellness exam, we will discuss your pet’s individual risk and come up with the most beneficial vaccination plan for your pet.

  • Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs: Bordetella, Lyme, Leptospirosis, Canine Influenza
  • Non-Core Vaccines for Cats: FeLV/FIV

In the state of Illinois, all pets are required to receive rabies vaccines and tags. To find out if your pet is current on their rabies vaccine, please call our office at 630-257-5121.

 

Parasite Control

Parasite control is needed year-round to protect your pet from internal and external parasites. Fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, and heartworms can make your pet very sick, and treatment is often long and difficult.

We encourage you to keep your pet safe with regular testing and year-round preventatives. During your pet’s wellness exam, we will also discuss how to control parasites in and around your home, and recommend the best preventive options for your pet’s lifestyle.

Fleas and Ticks are external parasites that latch onto your pet’s skin causing irritation, skin allergies, and disease. In severe cases, fleas and ticks put pets at risk for anemia and even death. Fleas and ticks like to hang out in wooded areas such as camp sites and humid climates, so be sure to check your pet’s skin and fur after spending time in these areas. If you happen to spot a flea or tick during grooming, do not hesitate to give us a call so we can remove the parasite and begin treatment.

Intestinal Parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm are present in nearly all areas of the country. Puppies and kittens are most at risk for infection, but pets of any age can be infected. Not to mention, intestinal parasites can be transmitted to you and the rest of your family! Keep your two-legged and four-legged family members safe by bringing in a fecal sample once or twice a year and keeping up with monthly preventives.

Heartworms populate in an animal’s heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Heartworms can grow up to 14 inches, causing them to tangle and intertwine, which ultimately impairs blood circulation and damages vital bodily systems. An infected pet may show little to no symptoms until damage is severe and irreversible. Outward signs include trouble breathing, weight loss, lethargy, coughing, and fainting. Your pet is most at risk for infection in mosquito-infested areas. All it takes is one small bite, so we urge annual testing and year-round preventatives.

 

Microchip Implantation

If your pet is ever lost, help them find their way home with permanent microchip identification.

The thought of your pet escaping your home, getting lost, or even stolen is a scary thought. That’s why we highly recommend all of our clients have their pet’s microchipped to ensure a lifetime of identification, even indoor pets.

Microchip implantation is quick, painless, and similar to a routine vaccination. If someone brings your pet to a local shelter or animal hospital, a universal scanner will scan the microchip beneath the skin between the shoulder blades which will read your contact information. We also recommend collars and ID tags for complete identification.

 

Pain Management

Pets cannot communicate pain the same way humans do. We never want our furry friends to suffer, so it’s important to pay attention to symptoms of discomfort.

At Archer Veterinary Clinic, we do all we can to minimize and eliminate pain in our patients. If you suspect your pet is in pain, we will first perform a comprehensive physical exam. Further testing may be needed. If so, we are fully equipped with digital radiography, ultrasound technology, and an in-house lab so we can make a diagnosis sooner and begin managing pain right away.

During surgical procedures, pain is rigorously monitored and managed by our trained clinical team.

Symptoms of Pain in Pets:

  • Less Frequent Play
  • Excessive Grooming
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Heavy Panting
  • Timidity or Aggression
  • Limping
  • Vocalization
  • Change in Sleep Patterns

 

Nutrition & Weight Management

Pets face nutritional challenges just like humans do. In fact, the number of obese pets in the United States is on the rise. At Archer Veterinary Clinic, we are here to help your pet eat a nutritional diet and maintain a healthy body weight so they can live a long, happy and healthy life. Our veterinarians are trained to create a nutritional plan tailored to your pet’s age, gender, weight, health status, and breed.

Overweight and obesity can cause a number of health concerns including diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, respiratory issues, heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer.

Don’t ignore unexpected weight gain or weight loss! If you notice a sudden change in your pet’s body weight, please schedule a visit.

 

Behavioral Counseling

Behavioral issues can be stressful for you, your family, and your pet. Modifying your pet’s behavior isn’t always easy, but we want to make sure you preserve the special bond with your pet. At Archer Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians can offer advice and client education for diverse behavioral concerns such as:

  • House Soiling
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Jumping on People
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety

If your pet is acting unfavorably, give us a call so we can get to the bottom of their behavior. You would be surprised how often behavioral issues are tied to undiscovered health conditions. For example, a dog may have separation anxiety which leads to incessant barking.

First, we will perform a total physical exam to make sure your pet’s behavior is not a result of disease or illness. If your pet appears healthy, we can try a number of behavior modification techniques such as training, positive reinforcement, rewards, and other specialized plans.

 

Puppy & Kitten Care

There’s so much to love about puppies and kittens, and we want to give your new pet the healthiest start to life!

Your new pet needs lots of extra care during their first year of life. As soon as you bring your new pet home, give us a call and schedule an appointment so we can begin an individualized, comprehensive wellness plan. We will discuss a range of important services during your pet’s first visit with us including spay/neuter procedure, vaccinations, microchipping, parasite control, and more.

Please remember to bring any medical records with you!

Wellness Exams

Pets need about 3-4 wellness visits by the age of four months. These visits give us a valuable baseline of health that we can refer to as your pet ages. This ensures they are staying as healthy as possible as they grow.

Vaccine Schedules

The immature immune systems of puppies and kittens makes them more vulnerable to life-threatening disease and illness. At Archer Veterinary Clinic, we carefully schedule vaccines to suit your pet’s age, lifestyle, and risk of exposure.

Diagnostics

Puppies need to be tested for heartworm infection around six months of age. Kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS during their first wellness check.

 

Senior Care

Our goal is to keep your senior pet happy, healthy, and active. Sure, there are countless age-related conditions, but many of them are preventable with the right veterinary care. At Archer Veterinary Clinic, we offer our clients and their senior sweethearts just that.

Pets hit their golden years much sooner than we do. In fact, depending on size and breed, dogs and cats are considered seniors around 7 or 8 years young! The more your pet ages, the more vulnerable they become to illness, disease, infection, and parasites. Let’s work together to keep your pet feeling great for years to come with semi-annual wellness visits. This will allow us to pick up on health changes much sooner so we can make a diagnosis and begin treatment. Please keep a closer eye on your senior pet and let us know right away if you are concerned about anything at all!

Behavioral changes are to be expected. We urge you to be patient and understanding. We are always here if you need advice or assistance with age-related behaviors such as increased vocalization, disorientation, greater irritability, house soiling, frequent wandering, less responsiveness, altered sleep schedule, and more.

  • Blood work is a key part of preventive care for senior pets. Routine blood work ensures your pet’s body is free of infection, anemia, and age-related concerns such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, and more.
  • X-Rays pinpoint concerns that may not be identifiable with blood work or a physical exam. We commonly diagnose arthritis and cancer using x-ray technology
  • Urinalysis is frequently used to test for urinary tract infections, diabetes, and liver disease. However, it is also a helpful reflection of your pet’s overall wellness.