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

  • Pet identification is a must. If your dog or cat becomes lost, proper identification can bring about a safe reunion and a happy homecoming. We strongly recommend microchipping your pet.... Read more

  • We love getting kittens and puppies off to the best possible start in life. Pets that start healthy have a better chance of staying healthy, and we create a plan for wellness that works for you and the new member of the family. Although every pet is different, there are some basic wellness standards we recommend for every puppy or kitten:

    • Vaccinations –  Pet vaccinations are the foundation of our puppy and kitten care.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers guidance on a number of Parasite Control Programs. The most common parasites that afflict pets are fleas and ticks.

    Fleas and ticks are capable of transmitting infection and disease to pets through a bite.... 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 are an important part of your pet’s preventive health care plan. Your pet is unique, and the veterinarians at VCA West Suburban Veterinary Hospital develop individual vaccine protocols for every pet. We recommend and encourage yearly vaccines for feline and canine patients.... 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

  • In veterinary medicine, our patients are not able to tell us what ails them, so preventing health problems before they start is the secret to a happy, healthy pet. The veterinarians and medical team at VCA West Suburban Veterinary Hospital, provide preventive care through regular (yearly) wellness exams for your dog and cat. We believe that the owner is the best advocate for his/her pet, and we enjoy enhancing the human animal bond through client education.... 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