Veterinary Care You Can Count On
Avenue Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital for dogs and cats. We offer preventive and medical care for all life stages including laboratory services, digital radiology, ultrasound, and dentistry. We strive to treat your pet as our own and to be there for you and your pet throughout the journey of your pet’s life.
Our facility is equipped with the latest equipment and technology including digital radiography, cold laser therapy, and more. With your love and care, and our help, your pet will have the best chance of leading a long and healthy life!
Services we offer include but are not limited to:
At Avenue Animal Hospital, we recommend vaccines to dogs depending on their lifestyle, environment, and risk factors. We ask owners to complete a risk assessment form when they bring in their pet for their appointment, and will evaluate again during each annual visit.
Our core vaccines (basic) for puppies are:
- 7 weeks DHPP
- 10 weeks DHLP
- 13 weeks DHLP + RV
- 16 weeks DHPP
Adult dogs will receive their yearly booster of DHLP and rabies. Other vaccines will be administered depending on the recommendation of your veterinarian.
We provide a variety of routine dental services for your pet, including dental x-rays, cleaning, polishing, and oravet treatments. We also can help with those non-routine services involving extractions, etc. The dental health of each pet will be graded by your doctor at each exam to determine his/her dental cleaning needs.
We try to educate everyone in good preventative dental care as well. Our client care representatives can help with the many dental hygiene products that are available to find the best option for you and your pet.
This can be one of the most frustrating issues as a pet owner. At Avenue Animal Hospital, we provide thorough skin and coat evaluations with accompanying diagnostics such as skin scraping, cytology, and allergy testing. This allows us to treat varying conditions, such as environmental and flea allergies, skin infections, or mites. Treatment might include special diets, shampoos or similar products, and medical management with pharmaceuticals.
Your pet may need medications as part of his/her continued care. We have protocols in place to monitor the extended use of certain medications, efficacy, possible side effects, and possible drug interactions. Our staff will monitor these medications so that you can be informed and comfortable with the drugs prescribed for your pet. They will keep you informed of drug monitoring blood work for the safety of your pet using medications long-term.
We recommend beginning kitten vaccines at 6 weeks of age.
The core (basic) vaccines are:
- Feline Rhino 7,10,13
- Calici 7,10,13
- Panleuk 7,10,13
- Rabies 12 weeks or older
All of these vaccines are then boosted on a yearly basis. Other vaccines will be administered depending on the recommendation of your veterinarian.
Avenue Animal Hospital recommends that your pet receives dewormings for intestinal parasites at regular intervals throughout the first year, then regular strategic dewormings as an adult pet. We test in-house with each exam but you also have the option of more extensive laboratory fecal testing. Dewormers will be recommended based on those results. You can be assured of the efficacy and safety of these medications when prescribed by your doctor specifically for your pet.
Monthly heartworm preventative is also recommended year-round. Most of these preventatives also have intestinal parasite protection. Our techincians and doctors can help in choosing the best options for your family and pet. Ask about the Merial guarantee on Heartgard and Frontline when purchased through us.
Some of the most common parasites are:
- Fleas and Ticks
Avenue Animal Hospital provides microchip implants (a device about the size of a grain of rice) injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades to aid in the identification and recovery process should your pet become lost or stolen. A specialized scanner reads the coded chip. You can schedule most of these implants as an office visit, but ask our client care representative about scheduling this with your spay/neuter or dental cleaning appointment.
Pet Preventive Care Exams
A comprehensive yearly exam can help to monitor the health of your pet, particularly as he/she ages. These exams also play a large part in early detection of conditions where early treatment provides the best options for your pet. We think of this annual exam as a preventative "physical" for your pet. Vaccines, fecal testing, heartworm/tick disease testing, and feline leukemia/FIV testing are usually done at this time. The teeth and gums of each pet are also checked with recommendations for scheduling dental cleanings if needed. Skin, ears, eyes, and orthopedic issues are addressed as well. These annual exams ensure the best opportunity for a long and healthy life.
The health of your pet can change rapidly as he/she ages, and changes can go unnoticed. Early intervention can lead to a longer and healthier life for your pet. Pets can develop diseases common to senior humans, such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease, and cancer. These diseases may go unnoticed in their early stages; therefore, preventative healthcare and regular screening can be very important. Early detection can help in disease prevention and can minimize suffering. The best approach is to begin senior care at 7 years of age and make sure they receive a physical health exam twice a year. We need to establish baseline blood work, identify existing health problems, monitor any behavioral changes with our cognitive dysfunction behavior form, and may need to adjust his/her diet and nutrition. The doctor will evaluate the general health of your pet and monitor the physical effects of aging. The doctor may recommend routine blood testing, urinalysis, hormone testing, electrocardiograph (ECG), and x-rays.
We are proud to offer an array of surgical services. We first provide your pet with a thorough pre-anesthetic evaluation including an exam and blood work. The blood work is required for pets 8 years and older, but highly recommended for all surgical patients.
Surgical procedures include:
- Bladder stone removal
- Wound repair
- Growth/Mass removal
- Foreign body removal
- Feline declaws
- Surgical dental procedures
- Abdominal exploratory/intestinal resections
- Minor eye procedures
We work diligently to provide the best surgical services through quality instrumentation, continuing education, training on surgical procedures, and staff teamwork. We work closely with numerous specialists in the Chicago when dealing with those cases requiring advanced care.
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