Life Stage Pet Care

At Mundelein Animal Hospital, we are devoted to providing the best individualized care to fully enrich every phase of life. Click below to discover more about how we tailor our medical care to the specialized needs of each life stage for your pet.

Life stage pet care at Mundelein Animal Hospital
Puppy & Kitten Care

Newly adopted puppies and kittens should visit Mundelein Animal Hospital in Mundelein for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The first step is to screen for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventive products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.

Juvenile pets also have immature immune systems which makes it difficult to fight off disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet.

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Trouble urinating or defecating

Important Animal Vaccines

Some of the most important vaccines for your young pet include:

Dogs

  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Bordetella

Cats

  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis/Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Rabies

Additional vaccines may be necessary based on lifestyle (indoor or outdoor pet) and regional considerations. Finally, puppies and kittens are in a high growth stage therefore they require specially formulated food to meet their nutritional needs. Talk to your veterinarian at Mundelein Animal Hospital about the best food for your pet.

Request an appointment to vaccinate your puppy or kitten

Adult Pet Care

We recommend all pets be examined twice a year in order to prevent/detect medical problems. Pets age faster than we do and as a result, health problems can progress much more rapidly. Regular wellness examinations will confirm that your pet is healthy or help catch problems before they can become more serious. Your pet's semi-annual veterinary visit will include some, if not all of the following: a health consultation, blood work, a physical examination, pain assessment, nutritional counseling, vaccinations if necessary, an intestinal parasite screening and a recommendation for an on-going wellness routine.

Diet and nutrition are also important to maintaining your pet's health. Feeding your pet a specially formulated diet to meet the needs of adulthood helps encourage a long and healthy life. Please feel free to consult your veterinarian to help you find the right food to fit with your pet's lifestyle, body condition and health needs.

We will assess your pet’s comfort level and address any concerns about pain. Even younger cats and dogs can experience chronic pain due to joint disease (osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, cruciate (ACL) disease) and dental disease.

Request a Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

Senior Pet Care

Thanks to the advancements in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the variety of conditions and diseases that they are susceptible to including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer and diabetes. And because pets age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly. We pay special attention to your senior pet's comfort level and address any concerns about pain.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets healthy. AAHA recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats (age 7+) visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing.

Your senior pet's wellness exam should include the following:

  • Health Consultation
  • Physical Examination
  • Pain assessment
  • Oral Exam
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Intestinal Parasite Test
  • Overall Wellness Recommendation
  • Vaccinations (if necessary)
  • Blood Work

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Changes in mobility: difficulty getting up from a down position, trouble with stairs, limping, decrease in ability to jump on furniture or jump into the car, decrease in play activity
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Unexplained weight gain

Request a Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

Behavior

At Mundelein Animal Hospital we know you love your pet and only want the best in their physical and behavioral health. When it comes to things like digging, barking, scratching and other behavioral issues, it can be easy to become overwhelmed.

Our veterinarians will help you discover the steps and actions you can take to help your pet lead a happier, more balanced life. Click through the articles listed below to learn more about common behavioral issues your pet may be displaying.

View our pdf's below for more information on these related topics:

Microchipping

Thousands of pets become lost every day, and microchip identification is the one reliable way to reunite these lost pets with their owners. The procedure is safe, easy, inexpensive, and practically painless.

The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a tiny metallic "bar code" surrounded by an inert membrane which makes it non-reactive when it is placed under the skin. The microchip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades with a hypodermic-type syringe. Although the needle itself is larger than those used for vaccinations, most pets don't seem to notice any more than any other injection. Once the chip is in place, it should be there for the life of the pet. We will register your microchip for you to ensure your contact information is associated with the bar code number.

End of Life Care

Deciding to euthanize a pet is an agonizing process. You will likely experience a wide range of complicated emotions as the time comes. It is important that you are prepared for this event and deal with the feelings as they come. The biggest fear comes with not knowing what will occur on the day of the euthanization, so discuss this with your veterinarian and ask questions. Our veterinarians are very familiar with the experience and are always willing to talk with you about the process and feelings that go with it.

Spend time with your pet in the weeks or days leading up to the euthanasia. This will be a very special time for both of you. You will undoubtedly feel very emotional and sad – especially on the day of the euthanasia procedure. That is absolutely normal and appropriate. As sad as you are, though, try to remain in control. Your pet will sense your feelings and you want this time to be as peaceful as possible for them.

We provide a variety of resources for you and your family to prepare for this very difficult decision. Please let us know if you need our help in any way.