Building Longer, Healthier Lives with Pet Wellness Care
The quality of care your pet receives determines their quality of life. At Companion Animal Hospital Mount Prospect, our team believes that every pet's journey toward health and happiness begins with personalized wellness care.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
Pet wellness care focuses on keeping animals healthy with preventive treatments. Prevention helps your pet avoid harmful diseases by strengthening their immune system and building up resistance to infection. It also allows for the early detection of illnesses and other problems that can impact your pet’s quality of life.
How Exams Aid in Prevention
Yearly physical exams are a must for any pet, regardless of how healthy they seem. Animals are known for hiding their problems, so it’s up to us to try and uncover them. Your pet’s first exam sets a baseline for their health and for future exams. If any problems arise in the future, they will be easier to catch since all of our findings will be noted in your pet’s health chart.
Generally, wellness exams include:
- A complete physical that includes checking heart rate, temperature, weight, and respiratory rate
- Blood and fecal testing to check for parasites and other diseases
- A conversation about your pet’s current diet and any changes we might recommend
- Core and non-core vaccines for additional disease protection
- Prescriptions to treat any existing health problems
Why Pets Need Lifelong Parasite Protection
Parasites are everywhere, and even below-freezing temperatures can’t keep them down for good. That’s why Companion Animal Hospital Mount Prospect recommends monthly, year-round parasite prevention to keep these pests at bay. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can spread harmful diseases to pets as well as people, and symptoms are not always immediately seen. Lyme disease and heartworm disease can both be life-threatening for your pet if they are not treated promptly.