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Canine and Feline Adult Preventive Care
After 1 year of age our four legged friends are considered adults, even if they don't always act like it! The veterinary team at Galena Square Veterinary Clinic is devoted to keeping your pet happy and healthy well into your pet's senior years and that starts will good care now!
Annual Preventive Care Exam
Did you know that because pet's age age a faster rate than humans, every year of your pet's life is actually like 6-7 human years! That's why the most important part of keeping your four-legged friend healthy is an Annual Preventive Care Exam. This exam helps keep you (the pet parent) informed on the health of your pet and your veterinarian and our veterinary team can ensure your pet is kept in the best health possible. During this exam a complete nose-to-tail physical exam will be performed and your veterinarian will discuss the exam with you in detail. You will also have ample opportunity to ask any questions you may have - our veterinary team is here to help you!
Internal and External Parasite Screen
Did you know that most dogs and cats will get intestinal parasites several times during their lives? The most common parasites we catch are intestinal worms. Intestinal worms can cause problems with weight, hair growth, and activity level, not to mention diarrhea and vomiting. Many intestinal parasites can also be spread to humans - YUCK! During your pet's annual preventive care exam we will perform an intestinal parasite screen as well as carefully check for any external parasites that may be hiding!
Yearly Diagnostic Screening
Northwestern Illinois is a haven for heartworms and ticks - they love it here! Fortunately there are easy ways to prevent these unwanted guested from invading your home and infecting your dog. Heartworms are spread by a mosquito bite and even if your dog is only in your yard for bathroom breaks, it is still possible to become infected with heartworms which are difficult and expensive to treat and can be fatal. Every year a simple blood test is performed right here at Galena Square Veterinary Clinic to test for: Heartworms, and 3 common tick-bourne diseases (Lyme, Erlichia, and Anaplasmosis). Catching these diseases early is essential for the health of your dog!
Two viral diseases that are highly contagious in cats and kittens are Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV). These diseases are spread through bodily fluids and bites and can be deadly. If your cat is occasionally outdoors and exposed to these diseases they should be tested for on a yearly basis.
Cats and dogs require booster vaccinations throughout their lives and your veterinarian will be able to assess the risk level for your pet and which vaccines are necessary. You can read more about the different vaccines in detail by following the links below: