Family Practice and Preventive Care
Partner with Us to Protect Your Pet from Preventable Diseases
Keeping your pet happy and healthy is what Galena Square Veterinary Clinic is all about! We embrace a positive, preventative approach to your pet's health which includes a yearly exam and vaccine schedule tailored to your individual pet's needs. Whether you have a new, young, family member, or a senior friend- our family practice is for you! We use up-to-date research and guidelines set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association to ensure your pet has the best care and protection. We take extra time with clients new to our area or those with new pets including a review of the free materials in our puppy and kitten packs worth more than $125 on your first visit! Come in today and we will partner with you to keep your pets' happy and healthy for years to come!
Vaccinations to Consider for you Canine Friend
Vaccinations are an integral part of preventative health care during your pet's lifetime. Each year during your pet's annual wellness exam our veterinarians will discuss the available vaccines and inform you of the proper vaccination schedule for your pet. These recommendations are based on the species, breed, age and overall health status of your pet. Decisions made for vaccinations are also based on the rules and regulations established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
This vaccination is crucial to your pets well being. Rabies is a fatal disease that is dangerous for animals and people as well. Not only is rabies fatal if contracted, but this vaccine is so vital to human and animal health that it is Illinois State law to keep your canine buddy up to date and protected!
Bordetella (Kennel Cough):
This vaccine is given to dogs to protect against upper-respiratory infections, especially kennel cough (sort of like Whooping Cough in humans). It is recommended if your dog will be socializing with other dogs (such as at a dog park, doggy day care, grooming or boarding facility, etc). If you are boarding your dog with a kennel when you travel, you will need to have this vaccination at least four weeks prior to boarding the dog and once a year thereafter.
The canine distemper vaccine is a common vaccination dogs first get when they are between the ages of 4 to 20 weeks. Dogs are then given booster shots of the vaccine. Distemper vaccinations are recommended because of how highly contagious the virus is and the danger it poses to dogs.
An immunization that helps prevent Lyme disease from being passed to your dog. Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete bacterial strain that passes to your dog through the bite of certain types of ticks. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors or in wooded areas this vaccine is very important.
Leptospirosis is a bacteria found in many of the area waterways and even puddles in yards and roads. The bacteria is passed in the urine of local wildlife and cattle. About 1 in 4 dogs will be exposed to leptospirosis in Northern Illinois. The bacteria invade the kidneys and dogs can become fatally ill from this disease - for this reason we recommend this vaccine for most dogs based on exposure and activity levels.
Vaccinations to Consider for you Feline Friend
Rabies is becoming an increasing threat to cats. In fact, the number of cat rabies cases reported in the United States exceeds that of all other domestic animals. Because rabies is fatal -- to both animals and humans that are bitten by rabid animals -- the rabies vaccination is required by law in many states. Even indoor only cats should be vaccinated against this disease!
Feline Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, is a deadly viral disease that causes death in a high percentage of infected cats. Prior to vaccinations, distemper used to claim the lives of thousands of cats each year. Because distemper vaccines are highly effective in protecting cats from infection, they are highly recommended and often required for boarding, grooming, and hospitalization.
Feline Leukemia Virus:
The feline leukemia virus, or FeLV, is the No. 1 viral killer of cats. The virus can suppress the immune system and cause cancer, which can decrease your furry feline's life expectancy to 2 years post infection. Outdoor cats and indoor/outdoor cats are at the highest risk of contracting the virus, which is spread through bite wounds and casual contact with other infected cats. Because of this, the vaccination is recommended for outdoor cats or cats who will have exposure to other infected cats.