Life Stages

BRVC’s doctors understand your pet’s unique qualities and recommend medical care, food, and medications that are appropriate for each stage of its life. Whether your family member is a puppy or kitten, adolescent, adult or senior, or if you’re contemplating end-of-life care, we’ll always consider its individual needs and your wishes in our discussions with you.


Puppies and Kittens

Our doctors and veterinary care team members want to make sure your new puppy or kitten starts off on the right paw with a wellness exam shortly after joining your family. During this visit, we’ll examine your new family member from nose to tail, by checking the eyes, ears, skin, and teeth, listen to its heart and lungs, and look for muscle or skeletal problems and potential congenital defects.  Puppies and kittens need protection from infectious diseases and parasites, so we’ll recommend vaccines appropriate for each species and heartworm, flea and tick, and intestinal parasite preventatives that are proven safe and effective.  For more information about the vaccines we recommend for your puppy or kitten, please visit our vaccination schedule.

Our doctors recommend most puppies and kittens be spayed or neutered between 6-8 months of age; however, we recognize there is some scientific evidence that delaying spay or neuter surgery for large breed dogs may be beneficial. We’re happy to discuss the benefits and risks of this surgery as it relates to your dog’s breed and lifestyle to help you make a decision.  We recommend puppies and kittens be microchipped during spay or neuter surgery so pet parents never have to face the heartbreak of losing a beloved family member.

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Adolescents and Adults

Annual exams, routine vaccinations that are appropriate for each pet’s lifestyle, yearly blood work that can help diagnose heartworm and tick-borne diseases, and annual fecal testing to detect intestinal parasites will all help keep your young or adult four-legged family member healthy. We recommend the year-round use of heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives throughout your pet’s life and can typically dispense these and other medications during vet visits or within 24 hours of your request.  In addition to this routine care, our doctors and veterinary care team members are available when your pet experiences vomiting or diarrhea, is injured, ingests a foreign body, or just isn’t acting right.  We’re only a phone call away to answer your questions or recommend a visit if an exam is needed.

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Senior Pet Care

A graying muzzle, increasing cloudiness in the eyes, and a slower gait are some of the more obvious physical changes you might see in your senior pet.  Exactly when these changes occur varies from pet to pet but, in general, pets are classified as seniors after the age of seven years.  Common medical issues for senior pets include obesity, thyroid disease, arthritis, periodontal disease, diabetes, and Cushing’s Disease. Twice-yearly examinations and laboratory testing will provide an excellent picture of your senior pet’s health status and help our doctors identify medical conditions or diseases before they become serious.

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End-of-Life Care

It’s not something any of us like to think about, but many families will face making end-of-life decisions at some point during their pet’s life. When that time comes, please know we’re here to support you, your pet, and your family.  We offer in-clinic euthanasia services in an area with a separate entrance and exit, comfortable furniture, soft lighting, calming music, and warm bedding.  We also offer in-home euthanasia services on selected Mondays each month that allows you and your pet to remain in the comfort and privacy of your home surrounded by the people and pets that can love and support both of you.  Regardless of which location you choose, our doctors perform this peaceful procedure with the utmost kindness, compassion, and skill.  BRVC partners with Hinsdale Pet Memorial Services to provide aftercare arrangements including cremation or burial.

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