29005 N. 1100 East Road
Blackstone IL, 61313

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We will ensure that your dog or cat will age both healthfully AND gracefully!

Are you familiar with the many changes in health that your dog or cat pet will experience as he or she ages?  You might find that it’s difficult to recognize these changes since the signs of aging develop slowly and are easy to miss. Over time, these subtle changes in your pet’s health may progress, leading to advanced stages of illnesses.  At Happy Tails Pet Hospital, we believe it is critical to intervene and catch health issues early by offering proactive, preventative senior pet care.

How do you know if your pet is considered a “senior”?

Your pet can be considered a “senior” between 6 and 8 years of age depending on several factors, such as his or her lifestyle history, breed, medical history, etc. While many pets appear healthy in their senior years, remember that many pets become skilled at hiding illness and pain. Specialized senior care exams and diagnostic testing can help us determine problems early enough to begin treatment options.

Some common age related health issues include:

  • Changes in your pet’s nutritional requirements.
  • Dental disease resulting in pain, a decreased appetite, or possible infection.
  • Changes in your pet’s weight.
  • Noticeable orthopedic problems associated with osteoarthritis such as lameness
  • Changes in or loss of hearing and/or eyesight.
  • Behavioral changes.
  • Fluctuating bowel or urinary habits.
  • Evident development of lumps and bumps, and/or other skin/coat changes.

What should you do if your pet has reached his or her “senior” years?

We recommend semi-annual senior care exams by Dr. Dan that include an in-depth analysis of your pet’s overall health.  We recommend senior care diagnostic testing, a dialogue about the factors that may be influencing your pet’s aging process, any observed symptoms and concerns about your pet that you may have when establishing your senior pet’s health care plan.

Early medical detection and treatment of diseases in your senior pet can only be accomplished through regular examinations by Dr. Dan and screening tests. Happy Tails Pet Hospital’s senior wellness exams are designed to provide you and your pet with the best possible quality of life during his or her senior years.  Please give us a call today to schedule an exam for your senior pet.

Loren Bedeker
Hands down the most amazing vet clinic there is!
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Hands down the most amazing vet clinic there is! Dr. Dan, Dr. Jessica and the rest of the staff are the most caring and compassionate individuals you want caring for your pets. They empathize with you and deeply care for our four-legged children! I will never go anywhere else but Happy Tails!
Cheryl Ruddy
We love Dr. Jess and staff!
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We love Dr. Jess and staff! As a breeder it is very important to have a good connection with the vet you work with on a regular basis. Dr. Jess always makes it a priority to have a great connection with you and your pet, she gets down on their level and interacts with them making the visit a very positive experience for both the owner and pet. She is very knowledgeable and I fully trust the advice she gives is what's best for my pets. Dr. Jess really has a passion for what she does and it shows every time we are in the office.
Jordyn Casey
No other place better to take your dogs!
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No other place better to take your dogs. We’ve taken all of our 24 dogs over the years there! Never had a problem. Vets are compassionate and the techs show nothing but love to your animals, as if they were taking care of their own.
Jackie Braham
This vet is the best!
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This vet is the best! Dr Jess and Dr Dan are very loving and compassionate to our fur babies. Dr jess has been a big part of our fur family and treats my babies with all the love she has..will never go to anyone else!!
Haley Blair
They are both extremely knowledgeable and caring
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I have nothing but great things to say about HT. We first started to bring our new dog out there after being referred to them by a friend. They have helped our dog through many issues (that were/are caused by overbreeding). And they even saved her life when she fell deathly ill and had to have emergency surgery.
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