We recommend having a preventive exam annually. During this exam we’ll discuss your pet’s health and take a proactive approach. Preventive exams help us evaluate your pet’s health while also giving us a baseline for what is normal for your pet. The doctor will start by discussing your pet’s medical history and then move on to a physical assessment of your pet’s skin/ coat, eyes, lungs, ear, teeth, heart, limbs/ joints, paws, tail, and body condition. The doctor will also discuss any physical or behavioral concerns that you may have regarding your pet.
Vaccinations are important to keeping your pet healthy. Below are some of the more common vaccines that we offer. During your exam is a great time to discuss what vaccinations may be right for your pet! To find out more information about preventable infectious diseases for your pets, please visit our resource page.
Canine Recommended Vaccinations
- DHPPV: This is a combination vaccine that protects your pet against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza.
- Canine Influenza
Feline Recommended Vaccinations
- FVRCP: This is a combination vaccine that protects your pet against Feline Herpes, Feline Distemper, and Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Leukemia
Pocket Pet and Exotic Animal Vaccinations
- Vaccinations for pocket pets and exotic animal pets may not be needed depending on the species. During your exam, Dr. Tom will be happy to discuss the best preventative care for your pet.
In addition to an annual exam and vaccinations we also recommend additional diagnostics to proactively assess the internal health of your pet.
Annual Fecal Test
Fecal tests are used to determines if your pet has any intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites may go undetected with little to no symptoms. If left untreated they can not only be spread to other pets but can also cause serious medical problems for your pet. Your pet may acquire intestinal parasites from a variety of different sources, some as simple as soil in your own back yard.
Annual Heartworm Test
Heartworm is a serious progressive infection. Early detection to the presence of heartworms offers your pet the best chances of recovery. Many pets will show few if any sign of infection. We can draw a small amount of blood to check for any heartworm proteins which are released into the bloodstream when the heartworms are present.
Routine bloodwork allows the doctor to see how the internal organs are functioning. We can detect small trends or changes from year- to year which may better help your pet as they age. Bloodwork also can help diagnosis underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, abnormal thyroid function, abnormal liver function, along with other indicative information.
Monthly preventatives are recommended for pets year-round. Even during the winder months pets can be exposed to fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. There are a variety of brands as well as both oral and topical options. Speak to your vet today to discuss what would be the best option for your pet.
- Parasite Preventatives
- Parasite preventatives can help prevent infection from common internal parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and heartworm.
- Flea and Tick Preventatives
- Fleas and ticks can be active any day that it is above freezing, which is why we recommend year-round flea and tick prevention. Having your pet on flea and tick prevention helps reduce the chances of fleas and ticks getting on your pet, in your home and having them transmit dangerous disease such as Lyme disease.
Bloomingdale Animal Hospital
290 Glen Ellyn Road Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Monday / Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM