Crafting Comprehensive, Personalized Wellness Care for Your Pet
Pet Wellness & Preventive Care
Pet wellness and preventive care is aimed at keeping your pet healthy and detecting potential health complications before they arise. Wellness and prevention may cover the following areas of your pet’s health:
- Behavioral/socialization topics
- Dental care
- Nutrition/obesity prevention
- Senior care
- Vaccinations/parasite prevention
We strongly encourage you to raise any other concerns you might have, which ensures the development of a wellness plan that’s tailored to you and your pet. Bayview Animal Hospital is also sensitive to the needs of pet owners and is committed to helping you make decisions that are sensible and financially responsible.
Consistent visits to your veterinarian are the best way to keep your pet healthy and prevent issues from becoming too severe or 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 their eyes and mouth, and check their body for abnormal occurrences. This is also the time to discuss your pet’s nutrition, parasite prevention, and address any other questions or concerns you might have.
Vaccines are critical to creating an effective wellness plan. When determining a vaccination schedule for your pet, our team takes into account 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. In the event your pet goes missing, most veterinary hospitals and humane societies have electronic scanners, which will read your pet’s microchip and allow for their safe return. The procedure is as simple as a vaccine and remains active for the duration of your pet’s life. At Bayview Animal Hospital, our microchips are universal and do not require the payment of a maintenance fee. To learn more about the benefits of microchipping, please read Ripley’s Story.
On the Web
USA Today discusses the new health crisis for your pets.
The American Veterinary Medical Association offers a large selection of videos about various pet health care topics.
The Pet Health Center at WebMD also contains videos, slide shows, and additional information about preventing diseases in pets: