Preventive Care

Preventive care services are performed for the prevention of disease or sickness and help to ensure your pets are staying healthy. These services include vaccinations, parasite control, wellness exams, and even weight management help. Please click on any of the subheadings listed below to learn more about our services in preventive care.

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  • Because our pets age at a quicker pace than we humans do, it is important that they receive appropriate preventative care, along with early detection screenings to identify any health concerns or diseases in their earliest stages.

    Pets aged 7 years or older should visit their veterinarian twice a year for wellness exams. These exams are the key to detecting any health problems that could endanger your pet.... Read more

  • Fleas and ticks are capable of transmitting infection and disease to pets through a bite. Many pets also suffer from severe allergic reaction to the bites of fleas and ticks. It is imperative that owners prevent these parasites by using one of the many commercially available products that protect pets from fleas and ticks.... Read more

  • Vaccines and regular health exams are key preventive care measures and are critical to the well-being of your pets to help protect them from potentially deadly infectious diseases like Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Rabies in dogs; and Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV) and Rabies in cats.

    Vaccination protects pets from disease by exposing their body's immune system to inactive or parts of a type of bacteria or virus. Our doctors will help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet's risk factors.... Read more

  • Does your pet have a microchip?

    Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a simple, effective way to prevent this sort of tragic loss.

    About the size and shape of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet's vital information then implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades.... Read more

  • The decision to bring a new kitten or puppy into your life can be a momentous and life changing one.

    Like any new parenting, however, it can be both joyful and stressful at times. Our aim is to educate and support new owners during this critical time.... Read more

  • Parasite Prevention and Control
    Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm) parasites can cause problems for your cat and your family. Prevention is the best approach to eliminating these pests.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers and encourages Preventive Medicine Services through early disease detection and wellness programs for adult and senior dogs. Because pets are living longer, they may experience increased problems with chronic illnesses and cancer. The earlier a problem is diagnosed and a treatment plan started, the better the outcome.... Read more

  • Vaccinations at VCA Cat Hospital of Chicago
    Identifying problems before they develop is an important part of offering your cat optimal care and a long, healthy life. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the veterinarians and staff at VCA Cat Hospital of Chicago are strong advocates of preventive care.

    Ensuring your cat receives recommended vaccines is an excellent way to protect them in the long road.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers a specialized Weight Management Program for your pet. Just as in people, obesity contributes to many preventable life-threatening diseases such as diabetes mellitus, arthritis, heart disease and high blood pressure. Weight management is a very important part of maintaining the health of our pets.... Read more

  • At VCA Cat Hospital of Chicago, our staff is committed to providing comprehensive, personalized medical care for your cat so you can enjoy a long and happy life together. As medical professionals, we recognize preventive medicine is the best way to keep your pet healthy and limit the lifetime cost of care. It's our goal to work with you to develop the best health care plan for your beloved feline companion.... Read more

  • Wellness tests are important to assist the veterinarians in creating an overall portfolio of your pet's health.

    By including blood tests in your pet’s routine exams, it is possible to create a wellness “baseline” against which future testing can be compared. This can help to make any potential abnormalities or concerns be more easily detected.... Read more