As pets enter adulthood, we emphasize preventative healthcare. We encourage all pets, even if there are no apparent health concerns, to have an annual consultation with one of our veterinarians. The most important part of these visits is the time spent discussing your pets health with the vet. At these visits, a complete physical examination will be performed and any abnormalities will be thoroughly discussed. Vaccinations will be administered as deemed appropriate on an individual basis. In many cases, your pet will not be receiving every vaccination at every visit. Much of our discussion will be focused on issues such as choosing an appropriate diet, weight management, preventative dental care, and parasite control. In some cases, we choose to run diagnostic tests, such as blood and urine testing. Your personal yearly check up at your physician is likely to include these tests and so should your pet’s yearly exam. Every year we detect many disease processes in apparently ‘normal’ adult animals. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatments can result in your companion living a longer healthier life. If all the diagnostic tests are normal, we have a great baseline to use for comparison as your pet enters it’s senior years.
Remember to take the time to ask questions of all staff members at your annual visit – we are your best source of information regarding your pet’s health!