Oak Forest Veterinary Hopsital

dog having blood drawn

As a convenient neighborhood pet hospital, Oak Forest Veterinary Hospital is proud to be a leading provider of senior pet care services. We want to be the place you bring your new kitten or pup—not just on day one—but throughout his or her long, happy, and healthy life, too.

Maintaining that health, especially after a dog or cat’s seventh year of life, requires regular checkups. Each pet is different, and we handle matters on a case-by-case basis, but yearly physical exams, including blood work is standard practice at Oak Forest to help prevent pet disease.


Benefits of Senior Care

  • Catch problems early
  • Prevent problems from occurring in the first place

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
– Benjamin Franklin

Good ol’ Ben understood value. There is value to knowing your longtime loyal companion is getting optimal treatment. And there is value to that treatment, since it is in many cases preventing more extreme and costly measures down the road.

Senior exams are recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association as part of routine pet health care. Exams include evaluations of:

  • Skin, coat, and claws
  • Lymph node enlargement
  • Hydration
  • Vital signs and cardiopulmonary quality
  • Reflexes
  • Orthopedics
  • Weight

These tests establish a baseline health status for your pet as he or she ages, allowing our veterinarians and you, the client, to get a better handle on what is best for your pet.

Bringing your seven-year-old cat or dog to Oak Forest Veterinary Hospital doesn’t mean the beginning of his or her demise. It means prolonging your pet’s active and healthy life.