Certainly, wellness involves preventing disease through vaccinations. But wellness care is a veterinary approach that includes the pet owner’s feedback and impressions about pet health, happiness, and quality of life, as well as the strength of the human-animal bond.
Wellness Care for Dogs & Cats
As dogs and cats reach adulthood, we recommend wellness exams annually. At this time we give appropriate vaccinations, parasite testing and treatment, and a thorough veterinary exam—from nose to tail! During the wellness visit, we discuss every aspect of your pet’s life:
- Diet and nutrition
- Disease prevention
- Internal and external parasite prevention
- Reproduction issues
- Dental care
- Behavior problems
While some of these areas may seem to be out of the realm of veterinary care, they all contribute to the happiness and health of every pet. For example, behavioral issues such as soiling in the house may be a training problem or a medical concern, a parasite infestation, or even a dietary issue. Any changes in a pet’s behavior since the last visit may have significance far beyond your initial impression. Talk to us about changes in your pet, and we will explore all of the options together.
Any home with more than one pet—especially a combination of indoor and outdoor pets—is subject to a greater risk of infection, too. Stressors from one pet may cause deterioration in the well being of another pet. Changes in behavior, eating habits, weight, or general demeanor may indicate a serious problem in any pet, and the veterinarian should be contacted at once for direction and guidance in this matter. Your awareness and close attention to your pet is another key to positive wellness.
Early detection, preventive care, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle allow pets to live a longer, healthier life than ever before. The professionals of Plum Street Pet Clinic are here to support you in this effort. Feel free to contact us with your questions or to schedule your wellness visit today.