What to Expect

puppy1.png In your search for a veterinary facility, we believe you should expect high quality care as well as great service.  Our goal has been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care.  Our commitment to you is to continue to offer our world class service and a state of the art veterinary facility.

Your pet's annual vet check-up will include a total physical exam from your pet's "Nose to Toes". This consists of a  thorough investigation of the oral cavity, heart/lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, skeleton and skin.

Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go-along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual cleaning by Dr. Revis Wheeler may be needed.. People usually brush their own teeth twice daily and still have dental cleanings done every 6 months.  Imagine what is going on inside your pet's mouth.  Studies show that 85% of dogs and cats 3 years and over have significant dental disease.  Dental disease translates into infection in the mouth...have you seen where your pet licks and what is put into it's mouth?  Like you, your pet can lose his teeth due to decay and neglect.  Moreover, dental disease is associated with heart, liver, lung and kidney infections and disorders.

It's a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the vet, but also of notes on things like your pet's elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. Take this notebook when you visit the vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests. Also, if you need to change vets, it's good to have this journal to provide a complete medical history.

Dr. Revis Wheeler is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet needs. Her goal is to have you and your pet feel comfortable and at home while in the clinic.

Creature Comforts Animal Hospital's staff has several years experience in total.  

Certified Veterinary Technicians. Our technicians have graduated from accredited Veterinary Technology programs and are licensed in the State of Illinois. Veterinary Technicians are the equivalent of human nurses- they do everything except diagnose, prescribe medications, or perform surgery. From your basic health exam, to all aspects of lab work, nursing, radiology, anesthesia, surgical prep, monitoring, and recovery, veterinary technicians do it all. They are the patients voice and best friend when hospitalized regardless of the reason.

Dr. Revis Wheeler and her staff at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital are able to undertake most soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Dr. Revis has a special interest in dentistry, and uses digital imaging should your pet need dental radiographs. All surgeries are monitored by our CVTs, have IV catheters place and IV fluids given, and are placed on state of the art anesthetic and monitoring equipment..  

Anesthesia has come a long way in the past 15-20 years. It has become much safer to anesthetize cats and dogs. However, it is still recommended that pre-operative blood work be performed prior to anesthesia. Dr. Revis Wheeler will suggest blood lab work to check for anemia, infection, liver and kidney function before your pet is anesthetized. All pets are intubated, placed on inhalant anesthesia, and have IV fluids. Pain medication is important to keep your pet as comfortable as possible. Antibiotics may be necessary before and after. Each patients individuality will be taken into an account and adjusted as needed.

In certain cases, just like in human medicine, Dr. Revis Wheeler may refer you to a Specialist Veterinarian.  Specialist Veterinarians  have completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, ophthamology and emergency care. We are blessed to have the University of Illinois Veterinary Hospital in Urbana for these special needs. www.vetmed.illinois.edu/vth/



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