Preventive Care is Key
Thanks to improvements in the quality of veterinary care, animal nutrition, and the effectiveness of preventive medicine, our beloved companions are living longer than ever.
At the Animal Hospital of Pittsford, 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 the needs of pet owners and is committed to helping you make decisions that are sensible and financially responsible.
Regular visits to your veterinarian are the best way to keep your pet healthy and to 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 as your pet ages or when monitoring a disease. 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 you may have.
Vaccines are a critical piece of the preventive wellness puzzle. 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. 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. 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: