Small Animal Services
Wellness Care & Wellness Exams:
Routine wellness exams allow us to monitor your pet's health and to catch problems early if they should arise. We recommend wellness exams twice yearly. Wellness care includes a comprehensive physical examination, behavioral evaluation, parasite prevention, and vaccination. Our ultimate goal is to do everything that we can to ensure that your pet lives a long, happy, and healthy life!
Our veterinarians perform a complete nose to tail examination on all pets, whether they are being seen for an illness or for vaccinations. A thorough examination enables our doctors to detect abnormalities and address changes that may indicate early onset of disease.
Our entire team is Fear Free®Certified to keep your pet comfortable and calm during their appointment to reduce the likelihood of creating fear, anxiety, and stress in our veterinary clinic setting.
During wellness visits, we provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance. If your pet should have special dietary concerns or you would like a diet formulated especially for your pet, we can collaborate with a boarded veterinary nutritionist.
Vaccines are products designed to stimulate your pet's immune system to create antibodies that can later fight off infection. They help your pet's immune system prepare for a future threat. Puppies and kittens are especially susceptible to infections which is why routine vaccinations are so important for them! Once your puppy or kitten has completed their initial round of vaccinations, they will need to repeat some of these yearly to make sure they are protected for the rest of their life!
At Lincoln Land Animal Clinic, getting vaccinations is easy! Our Fear Free® certified team is dedicated to making injections low stress for your four-legged friend. We utilize minimal restraint and lots of treats during vaccinations. Many pets, especially puppies and kittens, don't even notice their shots. Some vaccination requirements are the same for cats and dogs, but many vaccinations are different. Take a look at the list of common vaccinations below to learn more.
- Feline herpesvirus
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline panleukopenia
- Feline leukemia in kittens
Additional Feline Vaccinations:
- Feline leukemia in adult cats– After your kitten is vaccinated against feline leukemia, only adult cats who go outdoors require protection.
- Feline infectious peritonitis – Multi-cat households may benefit from protection against this virus.
- Canine parvovirus
- Distemper virus
Additional Canine Vaccinations:
- Canine influenza virus – Illinois and areas across the country have seen breakouts of this highly contagious upper respiratory virus.
- Canine parainfluenza virus – When dogs are boarded or around many other dogs, they can be exposed to this respiratory illness.
- Lyme disease – Our area has seen an increase in outbreaks of Lyme disease, which is caused by ticks carrying the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.
Detailed Vaccination Information
AVMA - Vaccination FAQs
AVMA - About Vaccinations
AVMA - What To Expect After Your Pet's Vaccination
Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutic Services:
Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pet's complete health care needs. Diagnostic tests used in combination with a thorough physical examination help us determine a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for your pet. We offer a wide range of in-house diagnostic services including:
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Blood work and analysis
- Digital Radiography
- Eye pressure monitoring
- Laser surgery
- Photon therapy
- Ultrasound (sonograms)
Our on-site, digital x-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. Digital “film” allows us to consult and collaborate with a variety of specialists. Additionally, our staff is qualified to perform contrast radiographs.
We provide ECG services on-site and collaborate with board certified cardiology specialists.
Our in-house laboratory equipment enables quick assessment for serum chemistry, serology, urinalysis, dermatophyte (fungal) and parasite testing which is crucial in emergency situations. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
Acupuncture & Chiropractic Adjustment:
Dr. Linda Harmon is certified in animal chiropractic and veterinary acupuncture and visits Lincoln Land Animal Clinic monthly to offer her services to both small animals and horses. Acupuncture is a medical procedure that involves inserting thin sterile needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain. Surprisingly, the tiny needles are rarely painful and most animals don't notice the treatment!
Used in separately or in conjunction with chiropractic manipulation, Dr. Linda is able to use her skills to treat pain that results from muscle and joint disorders such as arthritis and hip dysplasia as well as some neurological disorders including seizures and paralysis.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Linda or learn more about Dr. Linda's services, call our office at 217-245-9508 and we would be happy to assist you!
We have helped thousands of people and pets who have been through various training facilities, trainers, and treatments. Our veterinary behaviorist combines the skills of medical training (to identify underlying medical problems that may be contributing to your pet’s behavior) with extensive knowledge and experience in learning theory, behavior modification, and in some cases medications to help your pet feel better.
Your pet's dental health has a direct impact to their overall health, which is why we recommend routine teeth cleaning, both at home and professionally. Our dental services include cleaning, polishing, extractions, and minor oral surgery. Check out the Dental FAQs to learn more about how we approach dental care at Lincoln Land Animal Clinic. We’ve also included several instructional videos to help teach you how to make your pet's routine dental care a part your daily routine!
Surgery (including Laser Surgery):
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures including:
- Ovariohysterectomy (Spay)
- Castration (Neuter)
- Hernia repair
- Ear trims
- Abdominal exploratories
- Cesarian sections (c-sections)
- Eye tacks
We use gas anesthesia for its safety and precise method of administration. Each surgical patient has an intravenous catheter placed to ensure quick access to veins should emergency medication be necessary. A certified veterinary technician in addition to equipment that measures respiratory rate, blood oxygen level, heart rate and rhythm (ECG) monitor our patients during surgery.
When possible, we use laser surgery to decrease your pet's surgical pain and bleeding. Laser Surgery is a safe, comfortable alternative to traditional surgery. A laser is used instead of a scalpel which reduces both blood loss and pain associated with surgery.
We utilize the safest available anesthetics to ensure our patient's safety; this is especially important for our older or high-risk patients. Our modern equipment measures the patient's vital signs during all anesthetic procedures in addition to be monitored by a certified veterinary technician. While this may seem redundant, the safety and welfare of our patients is of paramount importance.
Having your pet microchipped is the best way to ensure your pet is returned to you if they are ever lost or stolen. Collar tags, while helpful, can fall off or become illegible. Microchips are a permanent way to identify your pet!
Microchip implantation is a simple, quick procedure. While the implantation process can be done without sedation, we try to coordinate implantation with another procedure that requires anesthesia such as a dental cleaning or a routine spay/neuter surgery.
We offer two types of microchip identification: "regular" chips and ISO compliant chips. Both can be read by any universal scanner which means any veterinary clinic, animal control center, or shelter around the world with a scanner can read the chip. ISO compliant chips are more expensive, but they meet the strictest guidelines for world travel.
Follow these links to learn more about the microchipping process:
AVMA - Microchipping of Animals
AVMA - Microchipping FAQs
Parasitic infections can be devastating to the health of your pet. We offer in-house heartworm testing and fecal parasite analysis to help keep your four-legged family member healthy! When it comes to parasites, prevention is the best medicine. We offer a variety of preventative medications to protect your pet against heartworms, intestinal worms, fleas, and ticks.
We recommend an annual heartworm test (small blood sample is needed) and once a month heartworm prevention (oral medication) to prevent heartworm disease. The monthly heartworm prevention also protects your pet against many of the more common intestinal parasites. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of parasite prevention.
We offer both small and large animal emergency veterinary care for our clients. Click HERE to learn more.
At Lincoln Land Animal Clinic, we believe that excellent veterinary care is about being there during the good times and bad. We believe that euthanasia allows us to end an animal’s life with compassion and dignity and can ultimately prevent unnecessary suffering.
Saying goodbye is the most difficult part of pet ownership. We are there for you every step of the way and want you to be as informed as possible while you make this decision. This goal of this page is to be as transparent as possible about the process of euthanasia to help pet owners prepare themselves for this step of their journey.
Each person copes with loss in a different way. If you would like to memorialize your pet on our website, please send us a picture and your sentiments so we can add them to our Gone But Not Forgotten page.
Large Animal Services
Lincoln Land Animal Clinic, Ltd. has been providing large animal veterinary services to the Jacksonville community and surrounding area since it opened in 1963. We treat a variety of species including cattle, swine, goats, llamas, buffalo, and horses.
Our large animal services include:
- Herd health consultations for cattle, swine, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, and buffalo.
- Wellness exams and vaccinations.
- Health certifications and testing required for fairs, livestock exhibitions, and sales.
- Farm visits for herd processing, providing services such as vaccinations, deworming, implanting, dehorning, and castration for calves and vaccinations, deworming, ear tag application, and pregnancy checks for adult animals.
- Farm visits for sickness exams for illnesses that may arise from respiratory disease, overeating, bloat, weak calf, dystocias, and more.
- Emergency coverage including administration of intravenous fluids, treatment for meningeal worm, choke, heat stroke, overeating disease, polioencephalomalacia, listeriosis, and “failure to thrive” syndrome and many other illnesses.
- Surgery services include castration, dehorning, cesarean sections, left displaced abomasum (LDA), abdominal exploratory surgery, and lumpectomies.
- Fully stocked large animal pharmacy including vaccinations, dewormers, and hormones.
Call us today at (217) 245-9508 for a consultation for your specific large animal maintenance needs!
Exotics and Pocket Pets
We offer routine as well as sickness exams, oral exams, basic care consultations, and training of small mammals such as ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, prairie dogs, hedgehogs, and pigs. We offer routine and sickness exams, oral exams, basic care consultations, training and behavior assessments.
These exams are very important in pocket pets, as they are prey species, they have adapted to hide their illness very well. Routine exams assess your pet's overall health and includes checking the eyes, ears, skin, oral and dental health. During the exam nutrition and caretaking will be discussed.
When your pocket pet begins to show signs of illness it is very important to bring them in as soon as possible. Your pet may need antibiotics, fluids or other treatment. In some cases we refer pocket pets to the University of Illinois for further diagnostic treatment and care.
Basic Care Consultations:
The most common health issues associated with small mammals is related to their basic care. Our doctors can give you the most current information on health, housing, nutrition, enrichment, and grooming for your pet.
Training and Behavior Assessments:
Did you know that your small mammal can be trained to do anything a dog can do? Training your pet helps to improve your pet's mental health, provides enrichment, improves the relationship and trust of the pet with the handler, and facilitates medical care.
Occasionally some pets have behavioral issues that need to be addressed and we can help you, help your pet.
We can use radiographs or X-rays to assess broken bones, respiratory disease, foreign body ingestion, and other health related issues.
A common health issue which affects pocket pets is dental disease. Rodents have open - rooted teeth which means they continuously grow throughout their lives. Proper diet and toys help to maintain normal architecture of their teeth; however, your pet's teeth may become overgrown which affects their eating and bite alignment. A dental treatment will help align their teeth and make eating more comfortable.