Barrington Pet Wellness Services

Barrington pet wellnessKeeping Your Beloved Pet Healthy

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. At Barrington Animal Hospital in Barrington, Illinois, Dr. Stapleton, Dr. Duke, Dr. Ford and our medical staff recommend regular wellness examinations for the same reason that your personal physician or dentist recommends them: if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood that it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

During your pet's wellness examination, our veterinarians perform a complete physical to assess your pet's overall health. It is also an opportunity for you, the pet owner, to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, and/or activity levsel? Changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian and you evaluate your pet's health and make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary care.

As a special thank you for choosing Barrington Animal Hospital, we offer new clients a half-price discount on wellness examination fees.

Good Communication Leads to Good Health

Our commitment to you and your pet begins right when your new companion enters your family. Each age and stage of your pet's life presents different health issues that require attention and care. Our team of doctors and veterinary staff provide individualized attention and develop a health care plan for your pet that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. We also listen to you, the pet owner, and your schedule, routine, needs and family life. By understanding the whole picture, we can better tailor your pet's health care plan to suit his and your lifestyle. Our goal is to provide you with the finest veterinary care possible so that you and your beloved companion can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together.

Preventive Health Care & Wellness Examinations

When you bring your pet to Barrington Animal Hospital, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines to protect your pet against dangerous but preventable diseases, routine dental care, and microchip identification. We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional and behavioral counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities and much more.

Pet Health in BarringtonTo keep your pet in the best health, our annual examination includes:

  • Examining your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet's vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Assessing your pet's heart and cardiac function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet's blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of specific diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

Understanding the benefits of healthy habits, preventive medicine and regular examinations helps you and your pet lead a long and happy life together.

Vaccines Customized for Your Barrington Pet

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases. However, at Barrington Animal Hospital, we believe in vaccinating only when absolutely necessary.

Health threats vary from region to region and your veterinarians can create an individual immunization program for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and your local conditions. In our region here in Barrington, Illinois, we pay special attention to the following diseases in order to offer your pet the best preventive medicine and vaccinations: Leptospirosis, Blastomycosis, Heartworm, Ehrlichia, Giardia and Parvovirus.

Barrington Pet WellnessEssential Vaccines

Distemper Vaccine (DHPP): This combination vaccine protects against four diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus

Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. Most states require rabies vaccinations by law for both cats and dogs.

Core Puppy Vaccines: DHP2C 6wk, 9wk, 12 wk, 16 wk, RV 16 wk
Core Kitten Vaccines: FVRC2P 6 wk, 9 wk, 12 wk, 16 wk, RV 16 wk
Non-Core Puppy/Kitten Vaccines: LVV (outdoor kittens), Leptospirosis and Bordetella for at-risk puppies

Core Adult Dog Vaccines: DHP2C
Core Adult Cat Vaccines: FVRC2P
Non-Core Adult Dog/Cat Vaccines: Leptospirosis annual, Bordetella 2x a year

Lyme Disease: Carried by ticks, Lyme Disease is extremely prevalent in certain parts of the country. Pets residing in the east and west coast as well as the Great Lakes region are most susceptible to Lyme Disease. At our hospital, we only vaccinate against Lyme disease if your pet will be traveling to or through a high risk area.

Additional Vaccines for Your Dog

Leptospirosis: Often included as part of the distemper combination vaccine (thus making it DHLPP), this bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where dogs may encounter standing or slow-moving water.
Bordetella ("Canine Cough"): The bordetella bacteria causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog attends a doggy daycare program, a boarding facility or a dog show.
Canine Influenza: Outbreaks of this disease are most often seen in animal shelters and boarding kennels.
Corona Virus: This virus infects the intestinal tract and is very common in the southern United States.

Additional Vaccines for Your Cat

Depending on your cat's lifestyle and where you live, one of our veterinarians may recommend additional vaccines for your cat.

Feline Leukemia (FeLV): FeLV is a viral infection transmitted from one cat to another through close contact. This vaccine is highly recommended for cats that go outdoors or live in multi-cat households.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus: FIV is a viral infection transmitted among cats through close contact and is generally recommended for cats that go outdoors or live in multi-cat households.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): most commonly seen in catteries and feral colonies, FIP is almost always fatal. Most house cats do not have a significant risk of contracting this disease.
Bordetella: This bacteria causes highly contagious upper respiratory infections. Your veterinarians may recommend this vaccine before your cat goes to a boarding kennel or groomer.

Caring for Your Senior Pet

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever, but your senior pet has medical needs that are very different from those of puppies and kittens.

At Barrington Animal Hospital, we work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her "golden years."

Pets age faster than people and are considered to be "seniors" around age 7. The best time to begin your pet's senior care program and recognize the need for a little extra TLC is well before age related conditions begin to set in. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, though more frequent examinations are encouraged. During an examination, we also perform tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes, and other health problems. In some cases, conditions that may look like the usual signs of "old age" could actually be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, daily nutrition, and access to quality senior veterinary care. With our help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality and increase his or her well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Flea and Tick Prevention in Lake County, Illinois

In Barrington, Illinois, fleas are a year-round problem for pets and their owners. They are not just a nuisance; they carry diseases that can be dangerous to both you and your pet. For example, fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and even just one flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection.

Ticks are also a problem in our area and they can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). While we do not have a high incidence rate of RMSF in Illinois, please talk to one of our veterinarians about the precautions you can take to protect your pet if you plan to travel to an area where this disease is a problem.

The good news is that flea and tick issues can be avoided by using one of the safe and effective parasite prevention products that are available at Barrington Animal Hospital. Please ask a member of our medical team to recommend a product that is right for your pet.

For more information about Barrington Animal Hospital's comprehensive wellness care for your pet, please email or call us at(847) 381-4100. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.