Why We Provide In-Depth Wellness Exams for Pets in Chicago, IL
Dogs and cats need to see their vet regularly, similar to how we see our primary care physicians for checkups and tests. At West Loop Veterinary Care, we provide thorough, comprehensive wellness exams for pets here in Chicago. We strongly advocate for annual or biannual exams because pets cannot speak for themselves when something is wrong, and it’s in their nature to conceal pain and illness. Seeing your dog or cat for periodic wellness exams makes it easier for our team to detect and identify potential health problems, which we can then treat as quickly as possible.
Help your pet stay ahead of the curve and enjoy better health in the years to come.
How Wellness Exams Differ for Pets Based on Age
Puppies & Kittens
No two wellness exams are exactly the same, and this is especially true for pets experiencing different life stages. Puppies and kittens are just starting out, so they need a thorough checkup to screen for worms, parasites and any type of illness. Their first visit is an important time for discussing their needs and establishing a care plan to help them grow up healthy. Puppies and kittens often see their vet frequently in their first year of life.
Adult Dogs & Cats
Wellness exams for adult pets are designed to maintain good health with a consistent care routine. Nutrition, vaccinations, parasite prevention, and comprehensive blood work are provided to keep your pet at a healthy weight and protected from harmful diseases. We recommend an annual wellness exam for your healthy adult pet.
Senior Dogs & Cats
Most pets become seniors at about 7 years of age. We recommend a wellness exam every 6 months so we can monitor their health and administer treatment for any existing conditions. Senior dogs and cats are more prone to weight gain, arthritis, vision loss, heart failure, and other health problems.
Additional Services to Expect with a Pet Wellness Exam
For many dogs and cats, a wellness exam visit includes additional services to maintain their protection and overall health. These typically include:
- Vaccinations and titer-level testing
- Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
- Nutrition and weight management
- Behavioral consultation
- Digital radiology (X-Ray)
- Ophthalmology and glaucoma testing of the eye
- Blood screening
- Pet domestic and international travel exams and health certificates
Come See Us for Your Pet’s Wellness Exam
Wellness exams are critical to your pet’s health and longevity. Contact us to schedule your pet’s next appointment! We offer day-stay appointments and extended hours to accommodate busy schedules, and to ensure your four-legged family member gets the care they need!