The Great Lakes Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) is located in bldg. 43-H and provides routine care to pets of all military service members and retirees, military working dogs, government working dogs and mascots. Please call to make appointments. While this facility exists for government-owned working dogs and mascots, routine care to pets of military personnel is provided as time and resources allow. Call for appointments. The VTF does NOT treat emergencies; it is highly encouraged you maintain a civilian veterinarian for these purposes.
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Lake County Residents - Including Navy Housing:
All residents of Lake County must register their animals with Lake County officials (847) 949-9725. All animals receiving a rabies vaccination at the Great Lakes Veterinary Treatment Facility must register and pay the fee at the time of the animal's vaccination.
All military, retirees and family members with a valid ID card are eligible to use the VTF. Those eligible to use the VTF may bring pets in for annual vaccinations, fecal testing for intestinal parasites, heartworm testing, and minor skin infections. Appointments are necessary and there is a charge for services provided. Shampoo, ear cleaning products, heartworm preventatives and flea control products for dogs and cats are available for purchase. Please call to make an appointment, or for more information.
Medical Treatment for Your Family Pet
The Great Lakes Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) provides basic health care for family pets of current and retired service members. We recommend you also maintain a relationship with a civilian veterinarian.
Services provided include, but are not limited to, routine vaccinations, testing for internal and external parasites, flea control products, heartworm testing and preventative, health certificates, treatment of certain diseases, and minor surgeries and dentals. A civilian veterinarian must see all emergencies.
If you have a family pet now or plan on getting one in the future, you should, at a minimum, ensure your animal is provided with the following preventative health measures.
ADULT DOGS annual vaccinations should include Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Corona Virus. A Rabies vaccination is given one year from the initial vaccination as recommended for puppies and then every year or three years depending on registration. Additionally, if you plan on boarding your animal anytime within the next 12 months, it's recommended to have them vaccinated against canine kennel cough, which we provide, upon request. We also encourage that all dogs be kept on heartworm preventative all year round.
ADULT CATS annual vaccinations should include Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. A Rabies vaccination is given one year from the initial vaccination as recommended for kittens and then every year or three years depending on registration. Additionally, cats can be vaccinated for the Feline Leukemia Virus, upon request.
PUPPIES and KITTENS should start their vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age and receive their first Rabies vaccination when they are at least four months old. We recommend deworming all puppies and kittens during their puppy/kitten visits.
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your animal, please contact the Great Lakes VTF at 847-688-5740 EXT 4.
If you have an appointment please bring a stool sample with you.