Lakewood Animal Hospital

Preventative Care

Regular wellness visits are preventative and keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come! Based on age and existing conditions, exams should be scheduled annually or semi-annually to provide the most optimal care.


Did you know dogs and cats age five to ten years for every one human year?

During a wellness exam, your pet will receive a complete nose-to-tail physical exam which assesses major bodily systems and physical conditions such as weight, skin, coat, dental health, eyes, ears, joints, abdominal region, lumps, pulmonary health, abnormalities, and much more.

What to expect:

  • A comprehensive nose-to-tail physical exam
  • Recommended vaccinations and necessary diagnostics
  • Assess changes in health and indications of illness such as weight gain or loss
  • Discuss your pet’s behavior, diet, exercise habits, and regular activity level
  • Answer any and all of your questions!


Vaccines are a win-win for you and your pet. At some point, your companion will inevitably come in contact with an infectious condition based on factors such as lifestyle, age, health status, and risk of exposure. Vaccinations provide protection against preventable life-threatening diseases and premature death—while saving yourself money from costly treatments!

Parasite Control

How do I protect my pet from parasite infestation?

  • Routine testing
  • Preventative medication
  • Control parasites in and around your home
  • Know the signs/symptoms
  • Discuss treatment options

Fleas and Ticks are external parasites that irritate the skin and commonly cause skin allergies. Fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella. Ticks latch onto the skin and feed on blood which can transmit Lyme disease. It is important to visually examine your pet for signs of fleas during daily grooming and signs of ticks after being in risky areas such as woods, camping sites, and warmer, humid climates. Once-a-month preventable products are recommended.

Intestinal Parasites are present in virtually all areas of the United States. This results in a fairly high infection rate in puppies and kittens, but cats and dogs are also commonly infected. Intestinal parasites can also be transmitted to humans. To protect your entire family, we recommend annual fecal testing and once-a-month preventatives.

Heartworms reside in the heart, lungs, and bloodstream and impair blood circulation, resulting in damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. While significant damage may occur prior to outward symptoms, advanced symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing, tiring easily, low energy, loss of weight, and fainting. Mosquitos carry and transmit heartworms, making mosquito infested areas extremely high-risk. We recommend annual testing as well as once-a-month preventives.


Microchipping provides a lifetime of identification if you and your pet are ever separated. With your contact information embedded in the microchip, you and your pet can be reunited! While collars and ID tags are helpful and encouraged, they are not foolproof. These forms of identification commonly fall off, get lost, or removed. For the protection of your pet, we recommend using both forms of identification.

The process is inexpensive and fast! The microchip is implanted between the shoulder blades, much like a routine vaccination. This procedure is so simple it is often performed at the same time as vaccinations or another procedure.

Nutrition & Weight Management

Avoid sharing human food with your pet to protect against allergies, accidental poisoning, and obesity. Keep in mind that your pet’s nutritional needs are unlike your own. Factors such as age, health condition, gender, weight, and breed effect overall recommended nutrition. Based on these factors, we may recommend a specialized diet or simply a balanced diet. Please note, a sudden change in your pet’s eating habits or unexpected weight gain or loss may indicate a serious, underlying concern.

If your companion suffers from nutritional challenges such as liver disease, renal failure, bladder and kidney stones, food allergies, or obesity—we can offer professional advice and solutions.

We offer Hill’s Prescription Diet and Royal Canin foods. If you prefer other prescription brands, these products can be specially ordered from our online pharmacy.

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Located off of US-6 (Bedford Rd) on the corner of Lakewood Dr and W Dresden Dr.

Phone: 815-942-1199

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