Pet Wellness Care

Lake Forest, Illinois veterinarians providing quality animal hospital care for your Lake Forest pet.

Wellness Exams

Pet Wellness Regular wellness exams keep your pet healthy! The Animal Hospital of West Lake Forest recommends that all pets undergo a complete wellness examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged. A thorough wellness exam detects diseases and health care problems before they become more difficult to treat.

During an exam, we listen to your pet's heart and lungs, evaluate his or her vision, check for unusual lumps, look at your pet's teeth and oral cavity and check your pet's joints for swelling or stiffness. We also discuss with you any recommended procedures, such as dental cleanings or diagnostic testing that may be appropriate for keeping your pet healthy.

Examinations help us to get to know your pet on a one-on-one basis. Information obtained during an exam helps us develop a complete picture of your pet's health and gives us a chance to ask questions about your pet's diet, lifestyle and behavior at home. Examinations also are an excellent time for you to ask us any questions you may have about your pet's health.


Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's preventive health care plan. Many diseases once common to pets can now be prevented through the use of vaccinations. The Animal Hospital of West Lake Forest provides common pet vaccinations, including vaccines for rabies, bordetella, FeLV, and other common diseases. Your pet is a one-of-a-kind companion, and his or her vaccination plan should be just as unique. We administer vaccinations based on your pet's lifestyle and other risk factors.

Senior Pet Care

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! Most pets enter their "senior years" between the ages of four and seven. Senior pets have health care needs that are very different from puppies and kittens and adult cats and dogs. The Animal Hospital of West Lake Forest offers senior wellness care designed to meet the needs of your older pet. Senior wellness exams, laboratory tests, and other senior pet-focused services are important aspects of senior wellness care. The veterinarians and staff at the Animal Hospital of West Lake Forest are committed to helping you and your senior pet enjoy many happy years together.

Class IV Laser Therapy

Class 4 therapeutic laser for post-operative care, treatment of arthritis, skin wounds and other selected conditions.

Therapeutic lasers supply energy to the body as light is transmitted through the layers of skin and stimulates and accelerates the healing of damaged cells (with no adverse effect on healthy cells). Laser therapy also decreases inflammation and eliminates pain, which allows our patients to quickly return to their everyday activities.

Pet Identification - Microchipping

Microchipping It's a fact: your pet needs proper identification. A sturdy collar and ID tag go a long way toward bringing your pet home if he or she is lost, but sometimes, a collar and tag are not enough. Microchipping your pet is an effective pet identification measure that has reunited thousands of pets and their owners. A microchip is implanted in your pet in a procedure similar to a vaccination. Every microchip contains unique information about your pet - information that is used to contact you when your pet is found. At the Animal Hospital of West Lake Forest, we use the Home Again microchip system. Please ask a staff member about scheduling your pet's microchipping appointment.