Every pet is unique. Age, sex, breed, lifestyle, environment, and a laundry list of other factors ultimately dictate what good health and wellness means to each individual animal. The veterinarians of Absecon Veterinary Hospital understand how important it is to develop an individualized wellness plan for your animal family member. To get the most complete picture of what your pet requires, we’ll start your wellness appointment with a brief talk about your animal’s history, behaviors, and home life. Some of the areas that may be discussed include:
Routine physical examinations are perhaps the most important part of caring for your pet. These visits allow your veterinarian to identify any problems early, as well as address questions or concerns you might have. During these visits, veterinary lab tests may be recommended in order to further assess your companion’s overall health. Most pets should be examined every 6 to 12 months.
There are many safe, effective vaccines available to protect your pet against the threat of disease. Effective vaccination packages are sure to be unique to each individual animal. By assessing your pet’s individual needs, we can help you decide which vaccines and immunizations will be most beneficial to his or her healthy lifestyle.
Keep your pets free of intestinal parasites, heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other creepy crawlies. Routine screening tests and quality parasite prevention products may be recommended by your veterinarian.
You are what you eat and your pet is no different. We can help you determine your pet’s special nutritional needs and figure out the diet that is best suited to him or her.
Just as with humans, regular check-ups are important to prevent dental infections, abscesses, loose or missing teeth, and even damage to major organs due to bacterial infection. Routine at-home care and dental cleanings can help to solve these problems before they ever occur.
Unless breeding is on the horizon, most pets benefit greatly from being spayed or neutered. Not only can having your animal fixed prevent unwanted litters, it can also help stop pets from running away, may lower the chances of mammary and other types of cancer, decrease the risk of certain prostate problems, prevent infections of the uterus and other reproductive diseases, and can significantly curb aggressive behaviors.
A simple microchip procedure can help you reunite with your pet if you should ever become separated in the future. The chip can be implanted during a surgical procedure such as spay or neuter or may be installed in a single scheduled appointment.