Dog Preventive Care


Q: How can I avoid expensive medical treatments for my dog?
A: Find and address your dog's health concerns before they become serious problems.

Also visit our Cat Preventive Care page.

Why is preventive care for my dog so important?

There are two approaches to your dog's health care: prevention and correction. The cost of preventive medicine, compared to the cost of corrective treatment, is typically very low. Advanced treatments often include expensive specialized procedures and medications, and can involve multiple visits to the vet during a short time. That is not to mention the lower quality of life that a beloved dog must suffer because a serious health condition was not diagnosed in time through routine preventive care.

The key to successful preventive care is timing. You're already aware of this common sense strategy: The time to prevent a car accident is before it happens. The time to prevent a child from getting hurt is before the damage is done. And so it goes… The time to prevent your dog's health problem is before the onset of the condition, so your vet can find and treat it before it becomes a serious and expensive one. The only way to achieve such timing is by regularly checking your dog for the initial signs of poor health.

Not only are our veterinarians highly skilled specialists in overall pet care, including corrective health treatments, they also provide routine preventive care for pets in St. Petersburg. We want to ensure that your pet always remains healthy, so we practice early detection and prevention of disease for long-term health and well-being. Our trained staff will examine your pet’s potential health-related problems and offer solutions to prevent complicated conditions in the future.

What does routine preventive care include?

There are many factors that we consider when examining your dog during a regular wellness visit. These include your dog's activity level, how much time your dog spends alone, how much time your dog associates with other animals, your dog's feeding habits and diet, and more. By looking at these different factors, we can identify risk factors for certain breeds and life stages to help minimize or prevent the risks.

We will evaluate and address these different factors through:

  • Routine wellness examinations, including dental exams, performed biannually
  • Individualized vaccination protocols based on your dog's needs
  • Parasite management to keep both your pet and your family healthy and free from pests and worms
  • Blood chemistry screening to detect changes in your dog's health before clinical signs appear
  • Dietary considerations to help prevent obesity and keep your dog active and happy

Based on your dog's dental and intestinal health, vaccination schedule, and overall fitness, we can recommend specific dietary changes, exercise regimes, and medications that will give your dog a longer, higher quality life. Our veterinary staff will take the time to listen to your concerns, as well and provide you the best information and care possible.

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