Even if your pet appears to be healthy, routine physical examinations are a crucial part of their long-term welfare. Pets can sometimes mask signs of disease, so these exams are important for getting a clear picture of their overall health. Our staff at Fairview Heights and O’Fallon Animal Clinic are prepared to give you a complete idea of the health of your pet. We recommend visiting once or twice a year for an exam, depending on your pet’s age. This way, if our veterinarian does notice anything abnormal, we can start treatment right away before a disease starts to progress.
Our medical team operates on a "nose-to-tail" basis, meaning we will check every part of your pet’s body and discuss any concerns we might find. We might recommend further diagnostic testing if there is anything noticeable found during the exam.
During Your Pet’s Exam, Our Veterinarian Will:
We also recommend a fecal test every six months to one year and a heartworm test every year to check for internal parasites. Please bring a fresh fecal sample to your appointment if requested by the veterinarian.
When we are discussing your pet’s physical health, we might also ask you a few questions about their mental health. Stress, behavioral issues, and lifestyle can eventually result in physical issues. Some questions may include:
You know your pet better than anyone, so this regular dialogue about your pet’s health, behavior, and care can help you be the best pet parent you can possibly be and allows our team to properly treat them.
By keeping your pet on a vaccine schedule, you ensure that they stay clear of preventative diseases that can cause them unnecessary pain and ailments. There are both core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are necessary for all pets, while non-core vaccines are recommended based on lifestyle.
Core Canine Vaccines:
Non-Core Canine Vaccines:
Core Feline Vaccines:
Non-Core Feline Vaccines:
These vaccines help your pet prevent and fight diseases that they may encounter unknowingly. Our team at Fairview Heights and O’Fallon animal hospital will go over all necessary vaccinations with you to make sure your pet stays healthy.
Parasites can live in or on your pet and will take nutrients away from your pet and can transmit fatal diseases. Parasites can include fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Continuous parasite prevention and regular grooming is imperative for keeping these issues at bay. Parasites can exist in any environment, so it is something to be aware of no matter where you live.
The Most Common Parasites Are:
Parasites can be scary, which is why we have all the tools to prevent and treat them. If you suspect a parasite issue, please give our team at Fairview Heights and O’Fallon Animal Clinic a call right away.
Unfortunately, pets can get lost. They might slip out of their leash on a walk or get out of the back door without you noticing. If your pet is microchipped, they have a much higher chance of getting reunited with you and your family.
We can implant microchips quickly and with minimal discomfort to your pet. The microchip is around the size of a grain of rice and is carefully placed between your pet’s shoulder blades. Once the chip is inserted, you will create an account and register the chip on HomeAgain, the national pet finding database. If they were to get lost, a veterinarian or shelter would scan the microchip and contact you using the information you put into the system. Then, you can quickly reunite with your pet as if nothing happened.
We strongly recommend microchipping for all pets, as accidents can happen to anyone.
Proper nutrition and adequate exercise are crucial to the long-term health of your pet. We always recommend feeding your pet a high-quality food that is designed for their size and breed. Using both proper portion sizes and a food that is nutrient dense will give them everything they need to grow healthy and strong.
We provide the following Nutrition and Weight Management services at Fairview Heights and O’Fallon animal hospital:
If your pet has a medical condition like diabetes, obesity, thyroid issues, IBS, cancer, or allergies, then we can recommend specific foods and diets to help with these issues.
It is now believed that over a third of all pets are considered to have a weight problem. Weight issues can lead to other health issues down the line, so proper nutrition and exercise are imperative. We are happy to guide you on healthy weight loss techniques for your pet, so they live a long and healthy life.
10208 Lincoln Trail
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
306 E. Highway 50
O'Fallon, IL 62269