Wellness & Vaccinations

Have you ever looked at your happy, healthy and active pet and been tempted to cancel that upcoming vet appointment? He or she seems fine. Maybe you should just reschedule the next time a sickness or injury strikes.

This is a common mistake that many otherwise responsible pet parents make, and it’s something that could be detrimental to your companion’s life and longevity.

The Importance of Wellness Care

Keeping our four-legged family members happy and healthy is the goal of all pet owners, and it’s a goal that we also feel very strongly about at Dogwood Animal Hospital. We place a strong emphasis on wellness care and preventative medicine because we believe that this provides all of our patients with a solid foundation for a lifetime of good health.

Routine wellness visits allow us to both manage your pet’s current health, and to monitor that health on an ongoing basis. That way, if and when a medical problem arises, we can identify, diagnose and treat it right away, improving the chances of a positive outcome. When we can prevent and detect disease in its earliest stages, we can provide your pet with a much better chance of enjoying a long, happy and healthy life by your side.

Wellness Visits

A typical wellness visit at Dogwood Animal Hospital is much like the annual checkup you go to your own doctor to receive. Once you’re both settled in and your furry friend feels comfortable, the vet will spend some time examining him or her, checking the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, fur and skin for any signs of a health problem. We’ll also evaluate your pet’s internal function by listening to his or her heartbeat and lungs, making sure everything sounds just as it should.

Depending on factors like age, breed and current health status, the doctor may also recommend a number of diagnostic tests to further analyze your pet’s overall health. Annual wellness visits are also a great time to discuss such important topics as vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition and weight management, behavior and anything else deemed necessary in keeping your companion happy and healthy.

Getting to Know You…

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of regular wellness care is the opportunity these visits provide for all of us to get to know one another better. It’s important for an animal to trust and bond with their vet, and for pet owners to develop a relationship with their companion’s health care provider. The more comfortable we become with each other, the stronger our partnership will become and the better we’ll be able to provide your pet with the most customized, effective health care plan.

Dogwood Animal Hospital offers comprehensive wellness services for pets of all ages. Let’s work together to help your cherished companion enjoy as many happy, healthy years as possible.