Every pet owner wants their pet to live a long and healthy life. One important way our Homer Glen veterinarians help all pet owners realize this goal is through the administration of veterinary pet services aimed at preventative care.
Pet Preventative Care by Our Homer Glen Veterinarian
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Preventative care encompasses a diverse range of treatments, diagnostic screenings, and other types of tests, and it’s the best way to make sure you catch potential health issues in your pet early so that treatment can be most effective.
We take a team-oriented approach, aiming to educate and empower you, our clients, to make the most educated decisions regarding your pets’ care based on a variety of factors.
What Is Preventative Veterinary Care?
Preventative veterinary care aims to address your pet’s health before any problems arise. Prevention of the disease is often more cost-effective than waiting for an issue to arise and later having to treat it. The preventive veterinary pet services we provide include:
- Wellness exams
- Routine vaccinations
- Dietary consultations
- Parasite control
- Behavioral counseling
- Dental care and more
We take a holistic approach to caring for your pet, which enables us to assess how issues in one area, such as dental health, can contribute to problems elsewhere in your pet’s body. Keeping up to date on vaccinations allows you to prevent your pet from contracting potentially harmful or deadly diseases in the first place.
Our preventative pet services begin with a comprehensive wellness exam. These are ideally conducted annually for most pets, although very young, and senior animals may need checkups more frequently. During these wellness exams, our veterinarian will discuss any concerns you may have about your pet’s behavior or overall health with you. We can provide recommendations about the types of dietary changes or exercise regimens that may be appropriate.
If there is an area of concern, we offer a range of diagnostic and treatment services as well, including digital radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, and in-house lab services, so you’ll never have to wait long to learn the results of a test. We also offer spay and neuter pet services, which often lower your pet’s risk of developing certain types of diseases later in life and can also help to eliminate problem behaviors.
Comprehensive Veterinary Treatment
Bringing your pet in for routine vet checkups is the best way to make sure they are healthy and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Regardless of how long it’s been since your pet’s last checkup, it’s never a bad time to start taking advantage of the excellent and professional preventive care we offer at our Homer Glen veterinary clinic. We know your pet is an integral part of your family, and that’s why we always strive to provide the best possible care using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.
Contact our Veterinarian in Homer Glen for a Pet Wellness Exam
To learn more about the preventive veterinary services we offer at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, contact us today at (708) 301-8200.
Avian & Senior Pet Care
Keep your pet bird happy and healthy for as long as possible with the help of our veterinarians.
Get Routine Wellness Exams for Your Bird
Exotic pets like birds need routine wellness visits just the same as a dog or cat. During a wellness visit, the veterinarian will do a general checkup to make sure:
- The bird is at the proper weight
- The bird does not have issues with skin parasites
- The bird’s beak or nails do not need to be trimmed
- The bird is generally healthy
When you get routine wellness exams for your bird, it is less likely they will develop an issue that is life-threatening.
Get Professional Advice about Nutrition, Housing, and More for your Bird
Every type of feathered pet requires specific housing, nutrition, and care. For example, it is really important that your cockatoo get ample exercise and a proper diet to avoid issues with obesity. When you have a good exotic pet veterinarian to help you, you benefit from professional advice to make sure your bird is getting everything it needs. We offer advice on:
- What type of enclosure is best for your bird
- What type of food is best for your bird
- What risks and dangers can be present in the home for your bird
Get Help When Your Pet Bird Is Not Feeling Well
Just like any other pet, a bird can get sick or get injured. Having immediate avian care when this happens is ever-important. Birds can be prone to certain illnesses and diseases, such as respiratory illnesses and parasites. Likewise, birds can sustain injured legs, cuts and abrasions, and skin issues. Proper veterinarian attention can mean the difference in a bird that makes it through such ailments and a bird that doesn’t.
Contact Us about Avian Veterinary Care in Homer Glen
When it comes down to it, birds are unique creatures with unique health needs. If you need help creating an effective and efficient veterinary care plan to keep your bird safe and healthy, contact us to schedule an appointment. With more than 45 years of experience treating exotic pets, including birds, you can count on us to know what we’re doing when it comes to your pet.
Our veterinarians are happy to advise owners about the special needs that senior pets will need in their later years.
Veterinary medicine has improved a lot in the last 50 years, allowing us to enjoy our furry friends a lot longer than we used to. This means we’ll be facing a wide variety of age-related problems we never pictured dealing with. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, senior pet care is one of the fastest growing parts of our practice. We see more happy families with senior pets every year and are happy to advise owners about the special needs that senior dogs and cats will need in their later years
Veterinarian in Homer Glen Talks About Older Pets
The definition of a senior pet varies from breed to breed, but our veterinarian in Homer Glen considers most pets senior by the age of 7. Smaller pets will live longer than larger ones, while cats will live slightly longer than dogs, especially the larger breeds. Most pets start to slow down by the time they reach 6, and it’s a good idea to look into senior pet care by then.
As pets age, they’re more likely to contract diseases, just as people do. At our Homer Glen animal hospital, we see senior pets with a range of physical problems such as:
- Joint or bone disease
- Heart disease
- Kidney or urinary tract problems
- Liver disease
Caring for Your Senior Pet
An unhealthy life isn’t inevitable for your dog or cat as it gets older. Most senior pets live long and healthy lifestyles, as long as their owners care for them correctly. It all begins with increased veterinary care. If we examine your pet more frequently, it’s more likely that our veterinarians will diagnose any physical problems early enough to treat it successfully. We’ll also consult with you about diet and nutrition for your pet. Many older dogs and cats have digestion problems or troubles with obesity, and we can help you with choosing the right food for your senior pet. Older pets have weakened immune systems, too, so it’s important that we keep up-to-date with vaccinations and parasite control.
When it comes to your home, there’s a lot you can do to make your senior pet’s life better. Buy toys to keep your dog or cat mentally stimulated to help keep senility away. Most changes will be physical, though. Your pet will probably slow down and need accommodations for moving around the house as usual. For instance, if your dog can’t jump up on the couch anymore, you may have to pick it up to snuggle with it. Treat your pet like you always have, but make allowances for slower reactions and possibly aching joints, just like you would with older humans.
Looking for a Lockport Veterinarian?
If your pet is getting older, it’s important that you have it examined twice a year to help keep it healthy. Call our office to make an appointment with our Homer Glen vet today.