Making the Most of Your Pet’s Wellness Exam

Naperville_iStock_000037246336_LargeIf you are like many pet owners, the moment you begin to think about your pet’s wellness exam may coincide with a moment of dread. Thoughts like, “How am I going to put Fluffy in her carrier?!?” or, “Will Banjo try and run when I get the leash?” start to flood our mind as we feel the panic start to set in. Some of us also feel a sense of worry about seeing our pets age, and perhaps feel a tinge of avoidance when the annual exam rolls around.

However, wellness exams, like our own yearly physicals, are important to keeping your pet healthy. And, when you are prepared, these exams can provide opportunities for enhanced well-being for our pets, slow down the progression of age-related conditions, and even help diagnose issues before they take a turn for the worst. Continue…

Spring Fever – Pet Safety Precautions

Naperville_000047785894_LargeNaperville’s flora and fauna are just starting to wake up after a long, hard winter and your pet is probably beyond ready to embark on spring adventures with you.

Before you get too caught up with yard work, cleaning, and trips to the dog park, take a moment to lock-in certain pet safety precautions. If enjoying time in the great outdoors with your pet this spring is something you’ve been craving since, say, November, just make sure you are ahead of the curve in the following ways: Continue…

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Pet: Reasons to Invest in Pet Dental Health

Naperville_iStock_000031982520_Large (1)Although we look at each individual area of your pet’s body to determine his or her overall wellness; it’s possible that the most influential area we examine is the mouth. The impact your pet’s oral health has on the whole body is astonishing. Even so, many pet owners ignore pet dental health altogether. But it doesn’t have to be this way! With a little fortitude and motivation, we can improve your pet’s dental health and, in turn, invest in a longer, happier life. Continue…

Pet Proofing Your Home: Reducing Dangers and Temptations

Naper_iStock_000014863777_LargeIf you’ve decided to invite a little fuzzy monster into your home, it’s best to take a few precautions. Kittens and puppies are not so different than toddlers when it comes to getting into anything and everything in sight. Locking away potentially dangerous items and eliminating clutter will go a long way towards keeping your fuzzball safe and destruction to a dull roar.

Keeping things off the floor might work in the early days if you have a very young pet, but they will find their way onto the counters and into the cupboards in no time. To help you help your pets, we’ve concocted a list of what to look out for so you can keep your pet safe from the most common dangers found around the home. Continue…

Preventing Pet Obesity: Nutrition & Exercise

Dog and cat eating food from a bowlJanuary is often a time of self-reflection and lifestyle assessment. Where have I neglected my health and wellness, you may ask? What can I do better?

And, while you are on the theme of health and lifestyle, have you considered checking in with your pet’s health, weight, and exercise schedule, as well? Has Mittens been putting on some winter bulk? Have those daily dog walks fallen to the wayside?

If you have struggled with keeping your pet at his or her optimum weight, or are starting to notice signs of obesity, here are important points of focus to get your pet’s weight under control. Continue…

Maintaining Your Pet Vaccinations and Boosters for Lifelong Wellness

Veterinarian giving injection to a little catPet vaccinations and boosters are an essential part of your four-legged friend’s annual wellness routine. To protect against contagious and sometimes fatal diseases and illnesses, a regular vaccination schedule should be followed.

By vaccinating your pet, you’re protecting his or her lifelong health, as well as the health of your family (in the case of certain zoonotic diseases), and strengthening your pet’s immunity and susceptibility to a number of illnesses and conditions.

Unfortunately, with so much misinformation online and in the media about vaccines, it is even more important to thoroughly discuss your pet’s daily routine, likelihood of exposure, and previous vaccination schedule with your Naperville team before coming to any quick conclusions about pet vaccinations.

At Naperville Animal Hospital, we view preventative care as the foundation for health at all stages of your pet’s life. We encourage you to be vigilant about regular wellness appointments because these allow us to maintain a baseline of information about your pet when healthy so that we can recognize and address risks associated with disease and parasites. Booster shots are also vital to reinforcing the protection of vaccinations, and your pet’s booster needs are taken care of in those important annual exams.

So, what are the core vaccines given to your pet? And, why are they important? Continue…

An Ounce of Prevention…

 

… is worth a pound of cure!  At Naperville Animal Hospital, we truly believe this old adage.  Preventive veterinary care is defined as care that prevents or slows illness or disease.  Who wouldn’t want that?  That is why we offer convenient, affordable preventive care packages for your pets!

Every preventive plan includes unlimited free office visits and physical exams by a licensed veterinarian.  A good physical exam is our most powerful tool for detecting and treating problems.  Each plan also includes early screening options and high quality vaccines to further prevent and find disease.  Continue…