Have you ever found yourself making this argument? Surprisingly, many otherwise responsible, caring pet parents make this very mistake. They think that veterinary care is reserved only for those instances when their pet is ill or has become injured. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, at Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital, we believe that the greatest gift you can ever give to your animal companion is a commitment to wellness care. That means bringing your pet in at least once a year, regardless of whether they appear to be perfectly healthy. Why? Because wellness visits allow us to keep them that way!
The fact is, our pets are only with us for a short time. That’s why it’s so it’s important that we take every measure to extend their lives, and do our best to improve the quality of those years as much as possible. By seeing your pet regularly, we are also able to identify potential medical concerns and address them right away – often before they have the chance to develop into a more serious and costly problem. Prevention and early detection of disease can add years to your pet’s life and vastly improve the quality of those years.
To help us achieve our goal of keeping your pet as happy and healthy as possible throughout his or her lifetime, we’ve developed a comprehensive wellness program that will be there to support your pet every step of the way. As animals age, their health care needs change. Puppies and kittens require different care than adults pets, as do senior animals. Our wellness program is designed to adapt and adjust according to your pet’s specific needs, allowing us to deliver precisely the care he or she needs at any given moment.
The comprehensive wellness and preventative care recommendations for patients of Noah’s Stop 11 Animal Hospital include:
12 Body System Examination – Companion animals age much faster than humans, therefore a thorough physical exam to evaluate all of your pet’s body systems should be conducted at least once a year.
Customized Vaccination Plan – Your pet may be susceptible to a wide variety of illnesses and diseases, some of which can be life threatening. Vaccines can help protect against these dangers. As part of our comprehensive wellness care services, we’ll evaluate your pet’s lifestyle to determine his or her specific risk factors, and then use this information to develop a customized vaccination plan that is tailor made for your pet.
Preventative Blood Work – Not every medical condition can be easily detected on the surface of the skin. We recommend routine preventative blood work to help monitor your pet’s health and identify any potential problems in a timely manner.
Preventative Dental Care – Clean teeth and healthy gums play an important role in your pet’s overall health. Preventative dental care, both professional and at home, can help keep your companion’s mouth healthy and improve the chances of ongoing wellness.
Parasite Prevention – Companion animals are at risk of a broad range of parasites, both external, such as fleas and ticks, and internal, such as heartworm. What’s more, many parasites can be spread to other members of the family. We want to help protect your pet and everyone else in your home by developing a customized parasite prevention plan.
Nutrition – Your pet’s diet and exercise are important components of their overall health care plan. Our experts can determine precisely what your pet’s nutritional needs are, and provide advice, guidance and recommendations on how to meet those needs to help your pet achieve and maintain optimum health.
Grooming and Bathing – Keeping your pet healthy on the outside is just as important as making sure they are well on the inside. Regular grooming promotes healthy skin and a clean coat, and can make sharing your home with your pet much more pleasant. Grooming also allows our team to identify any potential skin problems so they can be addressed in a timely manner.
Beyond the medical aspect of wellness care, but perhaps most importantly, these routine visits allow us to get to know you and your pet on a more personal level and to develop that all important human-animal bond that is so crucial for a vet to share with his or her patients. The better we know and understand your companion’s needs, the better we’ll be able to develop the most personalized and effective health care plan possible. We’re happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have, and to provide you with all the advice, guidance and support you need throughout the life of your pet.
Don’t make the mistake of only bringing your pet in for care when he or she is sick. Prevent that illness from occurring in the first place with routine wellness care. Let us help improve the chances of you both enjoying many happy, healthy years of companionship.