Your pets’ safety when visiting the veterinarian’s office starts before you leave home. Here are some tips on the type of gear we recommend putting on your dog or cat.
Dog collar and leash Cat collar and carrier
We recommend you use a flat buckle collar with an ID tag attached. The collar should be fitted so that your dog can not slip out of it, but you can still fit your fingers between the collar and their neck. Use a short leash (4-6ft). For better control of excitable dogs, try a front clip harness or a head halter.
We recommend you use a flat buckle collar with an ID tag attached. Please bring your cat in a carrier and not on a leash. A carrier not only keep keeps your cat safe,
but can make your cat feel more secure in a strange environment.
Click here for a video on training your cat to use a carrier.
To keep your pet safe while in your vehicle, please use either a carrier, crate or pet harness (dogs). Below are links to crash tested pet confinement devices.
Click here for carriers that have been crash tested by the Center for Pet Safety
Click here for crates that have been crash tested by the Center for Pet Safety
Click here for harnesses that have been crash tested by the Center for Pet Safety
The Exam Room
We want everyone in the room to feel cared for and confident in our commitment to you and your pet. Please bring your questions, concerns and observations. You are your pet’s voice.
A regular check-up is the most important thing you can do to prevent disease or to catch early warning signs of health issues. Please partner with us in making the exam as detailed as possible. Animals instinctively hide illness and your observations are very important.
Feel free to make a list ahead of time and bring it to the visit. Information that we find helpful includes:
- Your pet’s diet (food, treats)
- Any changes in appetite, amount of water they drink, energy levels, sleeping habits etc.
- Have you seen any signs of discomfort or pain?
- Has their behavior changed such as, being more vocal, urinating outside the litter box, asking to go outside more frequently?
Marion Veterinary Clinic is proud to serve the Marion, Illinois area for Small/Large/Exotic animal care. Together with our sister clinics; Pet Wellness Center and Thompsonville Veterinary Clinic, we are proud to be part of a locally owned corporate entity, Greater Vision Veterinary Care
They have built a new 17,000 sq ft facility in Marion near the Williamson County Airport to replace Pet Wellness Center, which hosts a full-serviced hospital, upscale boarding facility, grooming salon, and 24-hour on-call emergency facility.
Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Marion Veterinary Clinic stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.