At Your Fingertips: The Keys to Pet Wellness
One approach to pet care is to provide basic items for survival, such as food, water, and shelter. While these are certainly important, there’s also much more that goes into responsible pet ownership. Instead of putting off veterinary care until a problem occurs, preventive care supports a higher quality of life and increased longevity. To be sure, routine pet wellness strengthens the foundation for lifetime health, and we’re here to help you achieve that goal.
At the Core
Depending on your pet’s age, lifestyle, and overall health, he or she should be seen 1-2 times a year. At first, these visits provide the opportunity to discuss vaccinations, parasite prevention, microchipping, and spaying/neutering. We also get to know you and your pet a little better each time. Together, we can establish a long-term health care plan that hinges on wellness and prevention.
Pet wellness is multi-faceted. When we see your pet regularly, we can screen for, diagnose, and treat various health threats before they get out of hand. Not only does this approach save time and money, but also by nipping issues in the bud, your pet has a better chance for a positive outcome.
Preparing for Pet Wellness Exams
We encourage pet owners to take notes on their pet’s behavior, appearance, patterns, and lifestyle. Going over certain concerns or questions helps pet owners get more out of pet wellness exams. We typically discuss the ways a pet can benefit from positive daily routines that include exercise, socialization, training, nutrition, dental care, grooming, and other enrichment activities. The bond between you and your pet helps maintain peak health.
There are parts of a pet wellness exam that apply to all pets, but your pet’s preventive plan is unique to him or her. We take into consideration the following:
- Characteristics of the muscles and bones
- Skin and coat quality
- Dental health
- Eyes, ears, and nose
- Internal organs
- Physical assessment of the entire body
With the added information gleaned from x-rays or bloodwork, we may also determine that further diagnostics are needed to assess the entire picture of your pet’s health.
Whether you’re new to pet ownership or you’re the proud owner of a senior pet, we invite you to make an appointment. Education is a critical component of responsible pet ownership, and with regular pet wellness exams, we can help your pet live a long, full, happy life. For more information, please feel free to contact us.