Wellness and Preventative Care
Proactive and Positive
Why is wellness care so important?
Companion animals have much shorter lifespans than humans. For this reason, it’s critically important that we stay on top of their health care. When illnesses go undetected for long periods of time, they can have devastating results, up to and including shortening your loved one’s life. To counteract this, we recommend having your pet examined thoroughly at least once a year. These routine visits allow us to both get a snapshot of your pet’s current health, and to monitor that health over time.
What does wellness care entail?
Wellness care involves a combination of prevention and early detection. We’ll take certain preventative measures, such as parasite control, nutrition, and vaccinations to protect your pet from many of the risks he or she will encounter over the years. This helps to prevent illness and keep your companion fit, healthy and strong.
We’ll also work hard to identify the signs of potential health concerns early so they can be addressed right away – before they have the chance to develop into a more serious and costly problem. When we are able to detect disease in its earliest stages, we are much better prepared to treat and manage it for a positive outcome.
What can I expect from my pet’s wellness visit?
We’ll start by conducting a thorough “nose to tail” physical examination of your pet. The doctor will check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin and listen to the heart and lungs. We may also recommend a number of diagnostic tests if necessary to help us further assess your companion’s current wellbeing. Should anything strike us as out of the ordinary, we can take the appropriate steps to diagnose and treat the concern in the most timely and effective manner possible.
Wellness visits also provide the perfect opportunity for us to discuss with you all of the other important components of your pet’s health care. We will ask you lots of questions to get a picture of your pet’s home environment, and make recommendations on such important matters as your pet’s diet and exercise habits, behavior issues, spay and neutering, microchip identification, and anything else deemed necessary in keeping your loved one happy and healthy.