FAQ's

This is a very good question, and an important one! In general, pets under 8 years of age should be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year. It is generally accepted that pets 8 years old and older, are considered seniors. Beyond 8 years of age, pets should be seen by a veterinarian at least twice a year. Even cats which never leave the comforts of home should still be seen by a veterinarian on an annual basis in order to catch problems before they get worse. You would be amazed what a veterinarian can see, feel, smell and hear upon doing a complete physical exam, that you were not aware of. A once a year examination is recommended to catch problems at their earliest stage, before they worsen or become potentially life-threatening. Over 8 years of age, most veterinarians agree that a pet should have an annual blood screening to determine what is going on inside the pet. The physical exam allows the doctor to detect problems on the outside of the body and the bloodwork complements the exam by checking out the insides of the pet.

If your pet is healthy and you are coming in for an annual welness exam, you can expect to spend about 1/2 hour or so at our hospital. If your pet is sick or otherwise not doing well, we will need to spend more time together investigating the cause and taking an accurate history. With an ill pet, expect to spend at least one hour at our hospital, from start to finish. Although we do go exclusively by appointment, despite our best efforts we occasionally are running a bit late. We will make every attempt to service your needs quickly, thoroughly, and professionally, understanding that your time is a valuable commodity.

Each year the doctor will perform a comprehensive physical exam as well answer any and all questions you might have about your pet's health. In addition to the physical exam, your veterinarian may recommend any or all of the following depending on your pet's age, overall health, and risk factors:

Dogs:

  • Vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper/Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Lyme disease are available

  • 4Dx screening - This vital test should be done once a year for EVERY dog. The results let your doctor know if your pet is infected with Heartworms, a deadly parasite which is treatable if caught early.

  • Stool sample - A technician will examine your pet's stool under the microscope to check for the presence of harmful intestinal parasites. If parasites are identified, an appropriate deworming plan will be recommended.

  • Wellness blood screening - A small sample of blood is obtained to check your dog's organ function (kidneys, liver, etc.) as well as checking the Red and White blood cell counts.

  • Medications - Your veterinarian will recommend appropriate preventative medication for your dog including Heartgard (for Heartworm prevention), Nexgard (for fleas and ticks) and perhaps others.

Cats:

  • Vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper/Rhino/Calicivirus, and Feline Leukemia are available. Your doctor will discuss which of these are recommended for your pet

  • Stool sample - A technician will examine your pet's stool under the microscope to check for the presence of harmful intestinal parasites. If parasites are identified, an appropriate deworming plan will be recommended.

  • Wellness blood screening - A small sample of blood is obtained to check your cat's organ function (kidnesy, liver, etc.) as well as checking the Red and White blood cell counts.

  • Medications - If your cat spends a lot of time outdoors, the doctor may recommend Heartgard (for Heartworm prevention) and/or Frontline plus (for flea and tick prevention). Although Heartworm disease, fleas and ticks are less of a problem in indoor only cats, we have seen these parasites occur many times in pets that "never go outside". Your veterinarian can help you decide which medications make sense for your pet.

If you are a new client, and have not been to our hospital before or if it has been a long while since your last visit, please visit our website at www.oaktonanimalhospital.com and visit the "forms" page. Here you can download and print our "New Client form". By filling this out and bringing it with you to your first appointment, it will save time and energy upon your arrival. In addition to the completed form, we always recommend that you bring a fresh stool sample from your pet(s). This is important whether your pet is coming in for an annual wellness exam or if your pet has any sort of intestinal upset (diarrhea, vomiting, etc.).

At this time we are only seeing dogs and cats. With the arrival of specialty practices which see ONLY exotic pets, we have determined that it is in the client's best interest to see one of the many exotic animal specialists in the area for all other species. We would be happy to suggest a hospital in the Chicagoland area to assist you with your bird, reptile, or pocket pet.

At Oakton Animal Hospital, we are very proud to deliver that "small town feel with big city technology"! Unlike some of the larger animal hospitals in the area, we pride ourselves in knowing you and your pet and providing a more personalized experience. You won't end up seeing a different doctor every time you come to our practice and all of our employees have been here for many years. We also pride ourselves in having a clean, comfortable, odor-free environment, and with treating you and your pets with the respect you both deserve. Because at Oakton Animal Hospital, "pets are people too"!

But don't just take our word for it, check out what our amazing clients have been saying!


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Location

Find us on the map

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Please Call for An Appointment

Monday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Nov-Apr)

8:00 am - 1:00 pm (May-Oct)

Sunday:

Closed