***We thank you for your patience as we continue to care for your pets with curbside service appointments during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 UPDATE link above for more information.***
January and February are our Dental Health Months! We offer a discount on Dental Cleanings and an entry in our raffle for Hills T/D for canines and felines!
Holiday Closures: December 31st -January 3; we are closed for the holidays. In case of emergency call VCA Arboretum View or Aurora.
****Hindale Humane Society Queen of Hearts Raffle****
***Winter is here! Fleas and ticks are still active in the winter. We offer rebates on Simparica, Seresto collars, and Frontline Gold. Call or stop in to get your preventatives today.
***The oral Flea and Tick Chewable we recommend for dogs is Simparica; a once a month chewable, with quick kill on fleas and ticks and gets all 5 species of ticks.
***We also recommend Seresto collars for both cats and dogs. One collar gives flea and tick protection for eight months! Give us a call or stop in to learn more or purchase a Seresto collar.
Quality Care and Compassion
WillowGrove Pet Clinic is a full-service AAHA-accredited veterinary clinic for dogs and cats located in Willowbrook, IL. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.
WillowGrove Pet Clinic was founded in 1987 and has been owned by Dr. Bishop and Dr. LoPiccolo since 2004. As the first clinic in Willowbrook, the WillowGrove Pet Clinic has been providing full-service small animal veterinary care for 30 years.
The Importance of Bloodwork in Our Senior Pets
Complete Blood Count (CBC). This blood test gives information about the different cell types in the blood. These include red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues; white blood cells, which fight infection and respond to inflammation; and platelets, which help the blood to clot. The CBC provides details about the number, size, and shape of the various cell types, and identifies the presence of any abnormal cells.
Chemistry Profile. This is a panel of tests that provides information about the organs and tissues of the body, and helps to detect diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, and other disorders . If minor abnormalities are found on the biochemistry profile, your veterinarian may suggest that the tests be repeated in a few days, weeks, or months. If the abnormalities are more serious a more extensive diagnostic workup may be recommended, including an expanded biochemistry profile, blood pressure assessment, and imaging tests including radiographs (X-rays) or ultrasound.
Urinalysis. Urinalysis is a routine test that reports the physical and chemical properties of a pet’s urine . Urinalysis provides information about how well the kidneys are working and identifies inflammation and infection in the urinary system. It can also help to detect diabetes and can be useful in the diagnosis of cancer within the urinary system. Urinalysis is part of a complete assessment of the kidneys and urinary system and should be included in routine wellness testing. It is particularly important for senior and geriatric pets because of the higher occurrence of kidney disease in older pets.
Thyroid Testing. The thyroid gland acts like a thermostat and sets the metabolic rate of the whole body . The most common thyroid disease in the dog is hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. Hormone levels should be tested routinely in older dogs, especially if there is unexplained weight gain, lack of energy, recurring skin or ear infections, or hair loss on the body and tail. Cats are more prone to Hyperthyroidism, especially in their senior years.
Wellness testing is a simple and effective way of monitoring your older pet's health. Early detection and correction of medical problems help to ensure that your pet will be healthy and active for as long as possible. ~~ VCA Website