Why is wellness care important?
Wellness care is crucial for the long-term health and happiness of your pet. Regular preventative care helps to detect and prevent potential health issues before they become serious, ensuring that your pet stays in optimal health. By proactively monitoring your pet’s health, you can catch and address any changes early on, allowing for prompt and effective treatment. Wellness care also helps to establish a relationship between you, your pet, and your veterinarian. This ongoing interaction provides your veterinarian with a better understanding of your pet’s unique needs and allows for a more personalized approach to their care. In addition, wellness care provides an opportunity for you to ask questions, address any concerns you may have, and receive valuable advice on caring for your pet. This collaboration between pet owner and veterinarian helps to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care and enjoys a long, healthy, and happy life.
What happens during a routine visit?
Pets can’t tell you when they’re feeling sick (some pets may even try to hide that they’re in pain), so regular checkups are an important step to keeping your pet healthy. At these checkups, our vets perform a full nose-to-tail exam to check your pet’s weight, temperature, pulse, lungs, ears, mouth, and teeth. Our vet will also ask you questions about your pet, including diet, water intake, activity level, weight changes, and behavior changes. Additionally, our vet will perform diagnostics and administer vaccinations. Depending on your pet, additional steps may be taken during these visits. For example, if you have a young pet discussions regarding spaying/neutering will occur. All of this information helps our vet determine the health of your pet. It also helps our vet catch problems early and can even prevent problems altogether. Preventive care ultimately helps your pet live a longer, happier life.
In addition to vaccines and routine exams, preventive care will often consist of:
- Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
- Diet planning
- Fecal tests
- Dental care
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