M - F: 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm
Sat - Sun: 9am-12pm
Early drop off appointment

PH: 847-759-1440

Fax: 847-759-1460

1445 E, Oakton St, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Dog & Cat Wellness Care

Dog & Cat Wellness Care

Wellness care is the key to the healthy life of your dog and cat.

Our veterinarians recommend an annual wellness exam for your pet.  We also recommend bi-annual exams for some pets depending upon your pet’s physical health, age, and medical needs.

During your pet’s wellness exam, we will give your pet a full physical exam.   The information we collect during an exam helps us establish a baseline level of your pet’s health and allows us to better treat your pet.

Our annual exam also includes a dental evaluation. Dental care is especially important, especially to our older animals. We examine your pet’s teeth and gums for plaque and tartar, tooth weakness and decay. This screening often prevents mouth pain and infections that can affect your pet’s overall health. Learn more about the dental care offered at Oak Elm Animal Hospital. 

We monitor your animal’s weight so we can recommend modifications in diet or exercise if needed. During the annual wellness exam, we may discuss your pet’s nutritional needs and weight management guidelines with you. A healthy body weight is important for your dog or cat to have a long and healthy life. 

Our wellness exams for dogs and cats include:

  • A complete physical examination and weight assessment
  • Heartworm blood test
  • Fecal analysis/internal parasite test
  • Deworming if needed
  • Vaccines as needed
  • For cats—Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Blood Test

Fecal Examination/ Deworming: Please bring a fecal sample to check for intestinal parasites to your pet’s wellness exam.

Vaccination: Vaccines are an important part of your pet’s health.  We will talk with you regarding your pet’s health and lifestyle to determine the appropriate vaccination protocol for your pet.   With any vaccination be observant for signs of an allergic reaction to the vaccines demonstrated by vomiting, facial swelling, hives, or extreme lethargy. If you see any of these signs bring your pet in for evaluation. If our hospital is closed please contact the emergency clinic.

Heartworm Control: Heartworm disease is a 100% preventable condition. We recommend oral heartworm control for all pets. Yearly testing for heartworm is also recommended even with monthly preventative. Please ask if you would like additional information on heartworm disease.

Flea Control: Flea control is important. Aside from creating itchy bites, fleas also can transmit diseases and parasites (tapeworms) to your pet.   We will discuss with you the propriate flea control medication for your pet at your pet’s annual wellness exam.

Spaying and Neutering: We recommend spaying and neutering all cats and dogs at around 6 months of age. Spaying before the pet’s first heat almost eliminates the chance that later in life she will develop mammary cancer. Neutering your male pet also eliminates the chance of testicular cancer as well as decreasing the likelihood of prostatic problems.

Hip/Elbow Screening for Larger Breed Dogs:  Six months of age is a good time for the larger breed dogs to screen for hip and elbow problems by doing x-rays while they are under anesthesia for their spay/neuter surgery. If you are interested in breeding your pet, we still recommend doing the x-rays around 6 months of age if they are a breed that has a risk of hip or elbow dysplasia.

Microchipping: A microchip can be implanted under the skin over the shoulder blades of both dogs and cats. It acts as a permanent form of identification should your pet get lost or taken. Most veterinarians, pounds and shelters have scanners to be able to read the chips. They would then call the number of the company that makes the chip and find out to whom the pet belongs. A good time to microchip your pet is during spay/neuter surgery, but we can microchip your pet at any time.  The veterinarians at Oak Elm Animal Hospital recommend all dogs and cats be microchipped. 

Stephanie Lainovic
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All the reviews mirror my thoughts of this establishment. It is outstanding. The doctor is a kind, helpful, compassionate, understanding, doctor, who went above and beyond to help my suffering dog. The staff was also kind, compassionate, helpful and friendly. I did not read the reviews before I went, but I can confirm, they are 100% accurate. I cannot thank this office enough for all that you did for my dog. It is a miracle that she is better and I am so grateful for all the efforts made to help her. Thank you so much.
Izabela Hajnos
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The vet was so incredibly sweet. You can tell he really loves his job and cares. He was able to keep my dog relaxed, comfortable and not feel nervous. He was honest and upfront. He sent us home with medication that started to work immediately. I'm so happy this place was recommended to me and think this will be my new Dr for my old guy, hoping he gives us a few more good years.
Ted Korda Jr
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This is a very caring, compassionate, give their best to save your furry family member . Without causing undue stress on the pet and will advise and call you regularly. They also go in at all hours of the night to make sure your pet comfortable. Highly recommend !
David Fedorenko
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A Vet with weekend hours! Super attentive and helpful for our sick pup. Was able to identify the problem and cause and then the cure! They have now become my primary vet.Highly recommend !
Martin M
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I would like to single out Dr J. Iqbal. He is simply outstanding, going far beyond what you would normally expect from a service provider. If we had a vet in our family, we could not get more compassionate care than Lou got from Dr Iqbal. Everyone working in healthcare could learn from him! They have now become my primary vet.Highly recommend !