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.
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.
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.
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 630-381-5877.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.