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Prolong Your Dog's Life

Illiana Veterinary Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life. Our veterinarians emphasize the importance of annual physical exams to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Vaccinations are a critical part of protecting your pet from contagious and potentially fatal diseases. Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). At our hospital, every pet will be examined by one of our veterinarians prior to being vaccinated in order to ensure that they are healthy. During this time, other aspects of preventive care will also be discussed.

We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Dr. Gann with Puppy MollyAnnual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • Physical Examination — At least one physical examination is recommended annually for our veterinarians to evaluate your pet's overall health. At this time, our veterinarians will also take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, discuss behavioral problems, and review any known medical conditions or suggest additional diagnostics or procedures on a case-by-case basis.

  • Vaccinations — Vaccines are recommended based on your dog's age, breed, medical history, and lifestyle. Core vaccines include Distemper-Parvo Complex vaccination and Rabies Vaccination, which is required by state law in Illinois and Indiana. (See section under 'News' entitled, "What is Parvovirus.") Additional vaccines such as Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Canine Influenza and Lyme may also be recommended for your pet.

  • Heartworm Testing/Control — Annual heartworm blood tests are recommended to make sure your pet doesn't have heartworm disease, a disease transmitted via mosquito bite. At this time our veterinarians and staff will also recommend that your pet get its heartworm preventative.

  • Fecal Examination/Deworming — Annual testing is recommended to check for intestinal parasites. Your pet can contract intestinal parasites by coming in contact with fecal-contaminated material from an infected animal. If parasites are detected, your veterinarian will begin a treatment program.

  • Flea and Tick Prevention — After the dermatological system is evaluated during the physical exam, your veterinarian will suggest a flea/tick treatment or prevention program.

  • Additional Diagnostics — Based on the findings of the physical exam and history, our veterinarians may recommend additional testing such as bloodwork, urinalysis, or radiographs to help identify any internal issues.

Your veterinarian will also discuss other services such as spaying/neutering, dental cleaning or microchipping, that would benefit your pet's health and well-being and advise you on any questions you may have regarding your dog's health.