Our pet wellness care is designed to provide caring, compassionate, long-term, life-stage veterinary care for your pet, from birth through his or her senior years. We are advocates of wellness health care through annual (or bi-annual) exams, vaccinations, laboratory testing and good dental care. We will provide tailored vaccination schedules, flea and tick prevention, dental care and helpful suggestions for care at home (such as brushing your pet’s teeth to prevent periodontal disease) that will keep your pet healthy, happy and protected against preventable illnesses for a long life with you and your family.
Our wellness care includes:
Vaccines are important in preventing serious disease in dogs and cats. Because no vaccine is 100% effective or 100% free of side effects (such as allergic reaction, shock, autoimmune disease, and others), it is important to design a personalized vaccine protocol for each dog and cat, maximizing protection against the diseases your pet is likely to be exposed to.
Our current vaccine recommendations are based on up-to-date research and the incidence of disease in our area. During your pet's exam we will ask you questions to assess your pet’s individual risk. We will then design a customized vaccine protocol for your pet. This protocol can be modified as needed when that lifestyle changes, so be sure to let us know so we can keep your pet protected!
Parasites like fleas and ticks can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease in dogs, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans. Another type of parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in your dog’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten dogs and are even transmissible to humans.
You may not always be able to tell if your dog or cat has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.
Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your dog and cat for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites and will recommend medications to help you control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets(s) and family.
Prairiehaven Animal Hospital
208 Village Center Road, Sherman, IL 62684
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Animal Hospital and Veterinarians serving the pets of Sherman, North Springfield, and the surrounding towns of Williamsville, Riverton, Spaulding, Barclay and Cantrall