Preventive Care

Why is preventive care so important to my pet?

There are two ways to resolve health issues in your pet: preventive care and corrective treatment. Preventive medicine is the easiest and most effective way to keep your best friend healthy and happy. Preventive care is always easier to achieve because it addresses health problems before they even occur. On the other hand, corrective treatment is always a little harder on your pet because the damage is already done.

Although our highly skilled veterinarians are specialists in all-around pet care, including corrective health treatments, we 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 involve?

One size does not fit all when it comes to preventive medicine. We will tailor a program specifically to you which will accommodate your pet’s needs and lifestyle. We can detect diseases or problems early and determine the best and most timely preventive care program for your pet.

There are many factors that we consider when checking over your pet at an overall wellness visit. Some of these include your pet’s activity level, how much time your pet spends alone, how much time your pet associates with other animals, and your pet’s feeding habits and diet. By looking at these different factors, we can identify risk factors for certain breeds and life stages to help prevent the risks from seeing the light of day.

We evaluate and address these different factors through:

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

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

We make these procedures as affordable and convenient as possible—creating a wellness schedule that best fits you and your pet. We educate pet owners on preventive care because we know great veterinary care actually begins in the home. We want you to enjoy as much time with your pet as possible, which means knowing how to help address your pet’s everyday health needs.

How do I help ensure the preventive care of my pet?

We recommend that you take your pet to see a veterinarian for a wellness exam twice each year, and perhaps more frequently if your pet has been known to have health problems in the past. We can help pet owners who are both busy and worried about the costs of preventive veterinary care.

Downtown St. Pete Vet Clinic has a convenient concierge service where we can pick up and drop off your pets for their examinations. When you schedule your pet’s checkup at either of our locations, you are getting the best veterinary service for the best value. Keeping your pet healthy through preventive medicine has never been easier! Call to set up a wellness exam with us today, and together we can help prevent health issues from occurring in your pet.

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