Preventative Care

Wellness Exams

The truth is that your pet ages substantially faster than you can imagine. Countless health changes may happen in as few as twenty five weeks! Routine examinations maintain optimal wellness by carefully keeping tabs on health trends, which permits us to identify abnormalities and areas of concern much sooner. Early identification is vital. This supplies us with greater treatment choices and a higher likelihood for therapy success. Depending upon your pet’s age and health condition, we advocate yearly or semi annual health visits.

You can anticipate that Dr. Pat Hoagland will perform a comprehensive nose-to-tail physical examination. All substantial bodily systems and physical ailments such as eyes, ears, dental health, skin, weight, coat, joints, stomach region, and pulmonary health are analyzed for abnormalities or regions of concern. If any abnormalities are recognized, we might want to perform additional testing.


  • Nose-to-tail physical examination
  • Recommended vaccinations and important diagnostics
  • Assessment of health trends and signs of illness like weight loss or gain
  • Discussion of your pet’s behavior, diet, exercise habits, and regular activity level
  • Answers to any and all your questions!

Your furry friend will inevitably come in contact with an infectious disease at some point in their life according to factors such as age, lifestyle, health state, and threat of vulnerability.


Accidents happen. In case you and your companion are ever separated, microchips deliver lifelong identification. Consequently, if your pet is found, you have a better prospect of being reunited! Other kinds of identification normally fall off, get lost, or eliminated. For the safety of your pet, we advocate using multiple types of identification.

The microchip procedure is quick, painless, inexpensive–and valuable.   This procedure is so simple it’s often performed in exactly the same period as a procedure.

parasite control and prevention

  • Routine testing
  • Preventative medication
  • Control parasites in the vicinity of your home
  • Know that the signs/symptoms
  • Discuss treatment alternatives

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that irritate skin and cause skin allergies. Fleas make your pet vulnerable to tapeworms and Bartonella, while ticks carry and transmit Lyme disease. Visually inspect your pet for fleas and indications of ticks after being in risky areas like woods, camping sites, and humid climates. To safeguard your pet from external parasites, we strongly urge once-a-month preventatives.

Intestinal parasites are widespread in virtually all areas of America. Cats and dogs are generally infected, however, puppies and kittens are in the most danger. Intestinal parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and tapeworm might even be passed to individuals! To guard your entire family, two-legged and four-legged, we recommend annual or semi annual fecal testing along with once-a-month preventatives.

Heartworms invade the arteries, and heart and impair blood circulation, which leads to heart, liver, lung, and kidney impairment. Significant damage often occurs before outward signs like difficulty breathing, coughing, lethargy, weight loss, and fainting. Mosquitos carry and transmit heartworms. Mosquito infested regions are extremely high-risk for your pet.

We know that food is often associated with love. However, your pet’s nutritional requirements are somewhat different than your own! A improper diet and sharing human food might cause allergic reactions, poisoning, and obesity. Total recommended nutrition depends upon age, sex, weight, health and breed. A specialized diet or a balanced diet can produce enormous effects. In case your pet’s eating habits or weight suddenly changes, please call us. This may indicate a more serious, underlying illness.

The Ottawa Veterinary Hospital, supplies Hill’s Prescription Diet and Royal Canin foods. If you want other prescription brands, these products can be specially ordered from our online pharmacy.

Puppy & Kitten Care

We cannot wait to meet your new pup or kitten! New pets are cute and enjoyable, but they require a whole lot of additional attention and care during the early and crucial months of life. At Ottawa Veterinary Hospital , we’d like to supply your new fur baby the very best start in life with technical solutions tailored to young age. We are here to be sure that your pet receives timely and mandatory tests, vaccinations, and diagnostics. During your first visit, we’ll discuss additional services like spay-neuter and microchipping.

Physical Examinations

Before 8-16 months old, we urge that your puppy or kitty have 3-4 physical examinations. These exams provide a baseline of health and empowers your veterinarian to assess overall well being and administer vaccinations that are necessary.


Puppies and kittens have immature immune systems, making them more vulnerable to disease and illness. Vaccinations are administered in a carefully staged series. Each pup and kitten is different, so our recommendations are tailored to breed and lifestyle.


In 6-12 weeks old, puppies must be tested for heartworm. Throughout a kitten’s first excursion, we advocate Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS testing if not previously completed.

Normally, canines and felines are considered seniors at age 8.

At Ottawa Veterinary Hospital we want your pet to be happy, healthy, and active into old age–after all, it’s their golden years! This leaves your senior pet considerably more vulnerable to illness, sickness, and parasite disease. As a result of this we strongly urge semi annual visits so we can keep a closer eye on changes in health such as weight reduction, pulmonary health, lung disease, dental disease, cataracts, glaucoma, arthritis, obesity, and cancer.

Your senior pet may exhibit age- related behaviors such as greater vocalization, confusion and disorientation, irritability, repetitive actions, and a modified sleep program. Don’t give up on your companion. Our skilled and trained medical staff is here to assist with these brand new age related behaviors.


Next time you go out of town, don’t worry about who will take care of your pets! We offer boarding services for dogs and cats. Our compassionate staff will provide your companions with plenty of attention and love to make the distance feel a little less far away. You are welcome to bring any toys and bedding for comfort. If you are interested in our overnight boarding options please call the clinic at 815-433-1206 for more information.

For the safety of all boarders, all vaccinations must be up-to-date:

  • Canines: Rabies, Distemper, Bordetella, and Influenza
  • Felines: Rabies and Distemper




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