Wellness and Preventative Care at Suburban Animal Hospital
Thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine, animals are living longer than ever, and we have found that preventive health is just as important to pets as it is to people. At Suburban Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing the best possible preventive care.
The Importance of Annual Exams
Regular visits with your veterinarian are the best way to keep your pet healthy and prevent problems from worsening or becoming too costly. We recommend yearly wellness exams for every cat and dog, although more frequent visits may be encouraged. During a routine exam, we listen to your pet’s heart, evaluate the eyes and mouth, and check the body for abnormal lumps. This is also the time to discuss nutrition, parasite prevention, and any other concerns unique to your pet.
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing the best possible preventive care for your pet. Each wellness plan generally covers the following areas:
- Behavioral/socialization issues
- Dental/oral care
- Nutrition/weight management
- Senior pet care
- Vaccinations/parasite prevention
We encourage you to raise any other concerns you may have so we can ensure the development of a plan that’s tailored to the unique needs of your pet. Our team is also sensitive to pet owners’ needs and is committed to helping you make decisions that are sensible and financially responsible.
Vaccines are a critical piece of the preventive wellness puzzle. When determining a vaccination schedule for your pet, our team considers many factors, including lifestyle and risk for certain diseases. The annual wellness exam is also a good time to update your pet’s vaccinations.
Microchipping is a safe, easy way to keep track of your pet at all times. Each microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades. If your pet goes missing, most veterinary hospitals and humane societies have electronic scanners, which will read your pet’s microchip and ensure his or her safe return. The procedure is as simple as a vaccine and remains active for the duration of your pet’s life.