Animal Hospital serving Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glencoe and surroundings We will be closed on Independence Day

300 Skokie Blvd, Ste A
Northbrook, IL 60062

phone: 847-564-1500 fax: 847-715-9934
Hospital Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8am-6pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm
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Veterinarian in Northbrook Illinois

North Shore Family Pet

Senior Cat Care

Emphasizing Your Cat’s Wellness Care Throughout Their Life Will Significantly Increase Their Lifespan

We encourage you to bring in your senior cat more frequently for wellness exams to keep them as healthy as possible. As your cat ages, normal changes take place and diseases may follow that can often affect their overall health, well-being and comfort. Many conditions, when detected early and treated properly, can be prevented from progressing into more serious and sometimes life threatening illnesses. Our goal is for you and your family cat to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together.

We recommend twice yearly senior wellness exams so together we may monitor your senior cat’s health, detect, diagnose, treat and control any medical conditions before they progress into serious problems and negatively affect your cat’s quality of life. We encourage our clients to take an active role in combating ailments associated with the aging process that may affect their cat.

Our bi-annual comprehensive senior feline wellness exam includes:

  • An in-depth, “nose to tail” examination
  • Dental evaluation
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing that may include a blood profile )complete blood count, chemistry and thyroid test), urine test, fecal analysis, x-rays, and blood pressure screening
  • Vaccinations customized to your cat's lifestyle
  • Parasite testing and prevention
  • Heartworm prevention if needed
  • Weight assessment, nutrition and dietary advice
  • Additional testing as may be indicated

If you notice any of the following symptoms, we recommend you schedule an appointment to discuss them with our veterinarian:

  • Weight loss
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Excess urination
  • Excess drinking
  • Reduced exercise, reluctance to move, run, jump, etc.
  • Perception of pain when your pet moves or is handled
  • Any vomiting or diarrhea
  • Change in litter box use, infrequent urination or lack of bowel movements
  • New lumps or bumps
  • Change in cat’s energy level or hiding

Video showing how to get your cat into a carrier.

Click here to see a Life Stages of Cats Chart.

As a Cat Friendly Practice, we have embraced the higher standards of care needed to create a cat-friendly environment within our hospital. A cat friendly hospital means less stress to both you and your kitten when visiting our hospital.

If your senior cat is a new patient, please bring your cat's previous medical records to your first appointment. This includes vaccination dates and any previous lab work. You can either bring a paper copy or ask your previous veterinarian's office, rescue organization or breeder to fax or email them to us.