Regular Checkups: Keeping Your Pet Healthy
Collaboration and open communication between pet owner and veterinarian are key ingredients in keeping pets active and healthy. When you bring your pet to preventive, your pet’s veterinarian will take the time to talk to you about your pet’s health, including any behavior issues, nutrition questions, lifestyle, and activities. This information helps us provide veterinary care that is specifically tailored to meet the needs of your pet.
Every pet we see, whether it’s a first puppy or kitten visit or a senior pet checkup, we examine from “nose to tail,” as well as look for any breed-specific issues that might be affecting your pet’s health.
We recommend most adult pets see us once a year for a checkup and senior pets come to the hospital twice a year. Monitoring your pet’s health proactively helps ensure that we catch any potential health issues before they become serious.
In general, pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. This can largely be attributed not only to advances in medicine, but also to better preventive care. The most effective preventive care includes:
- Vaccinations—There is no one-size-fits-all vaccination protocol. Our veterinarians understand this and are careful to tailor our vaccination recommendations to each patient’s needs. You can be assured that your pet will receive the safest and highest quality vaccines available.
- Pet dental care—Dental disease is the most common and overlooked disease that animals develop. Each time your pet has a wellness exam, our veterinarians will carefully examine his or her teeth, gums, and oral cavity. We will instruct you regarding how to brush your pet’s teeth and discuss dental treats, rinses, and other tools to protect your pet’s mouth from plaque and tartar buildup. Our veterinarians are also skilled at small mammal dental care, which is especially important for rabbits and rodents.
- Good nutrition—Nutrition plays an important role in your pet’s overall health. We work with each client to establish a nutrition plan that is right for your pet. If your pet has an ongoing medical condition, we have a large selection of prescription diets available at our hospital for your convenience.