We believe the best way to promote overall health is through preventative care. Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pets’ health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems. Health problems that go undetected can become more severe issues when left untreated, so regular exams are important even when your pet appears healthy.
Remember: Pets age faster than we do, so missing even one yearly checkup can be like us not visiting a doctor for over five years!
At Good Life Veterinary Care in Gurnee, IL, we believe that regular checkups and wellness exams are critical to your pets’ well-being. These wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their unique bodies and tendencies.
At each visit, we will review your pet’s lifestyle, behavior, activity level, and nutrition, including an optimal weight for your pet. We will also assess your pet’s oral health and make recommendations to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. Please bring a list of any questions you may have about your pet’s health or behavior to your appointment.
Your observations at home, like subtle changes in appetite or energy level, can help us detect problems and intervene earlier.
Diagnostic Screening Tests
Diseases are most easily treated when they are diagnosed early. It is important for dogs to be screened yearly for heartworm disease and tick-borne illness. Cats should be tested at least once for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus(FeLV) which can shorten their lifespans and be transmitted to other cats.
Intestinal parasites can cause vomiting or diarrhea – and be transmitted to humans in some cases – so it is important to have a stool sample tested for parasites every six months.
Screening blood tests and urinalysis can be a valuable tool to detect early stages of the disease before they are apparent on physical exam. Pets on longterm medications or chronic conditions benefit from monitoring tests to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of their treatments.
Parasite Prevention and Vaccinations
Our vaccination recommendations at Good Life Veterinary Care are based on the American Animal Hospital Association’s Vaccination Guidelines. Core vaccinations (such as Rabies) are important for all pets regardless of lifestyle, as they protect against diseases that are serious or may be fatal and are easily spread from pet to pet. Noncore vaccines are recommended based on the risk of your pet’s exposure to specific viruses and bacteria. We will evaluate your pet’s risk of exposure, lifestyle and overall health at each visit and tailor an immunization plan to meet your pet’s specific needs.
It is almost always easier and more cost-effective to prevent parasites than to treat them once your pet has them. It is also safer for you and your family to have a parasite-free pet. There are many options available to prevent heartworm disease, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. Our team will discuss a preventative plan that’s best for your pet.
Contact Us today to learn more about preventative medicine and how we can care for your pet.