An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here at Wellesley Animal Hospital, we like to imagine that a veterinarian first uttered that timeless phrase. That’s because wellness and preventative care are so crucial to ensuring a long and happy life for your pet.
Wellesley provides a range of wellness and preventative care options for Richmond’s dogs, cats, and other pets. Our programs and recommendations are customized to each and every animal. We’ll meet with you, discuss your pet’s lifestyle, and suggest only the exams, services, and treatments that are necessary for the health of your pet.
Pet Nutrition Counseling
Pet obesity has become a serious issue in the United States. In the US, an estimated 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are overweight or obese. Pet obesity leads to more secondary conditions such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, arthritis, certain types of cancer, and they also have a shorter life expectancy and lower quality of life. Veterinarians play an important role in your pet’s health and can help you keep your pet at a healthy weight with regular visits. During visits, pets are weighed every time. We will be able to notice if the weight of your pet is increasing and provide guidance on the right diet for your pet.
Vaccinations are an important defense against bacterial and viral infection in pets and are essential for your pet’s health care. Vaccines are safe and help your pet live a healthier life. Vaccinations can prevent diseases that can be passed from other animals, wildlife, and from animals to humans. Many local and state ordinances require certain vaccinations of pets.
Our veterinarians will provide you with information on vaccines and discuss what is necessary for pets in Richmond, your pet’s history and breed, travel to other geographical locations, and lifestyle to determine a vaccination program and schedule. “Core” vaccines, including distemper, leptospirosis, and rabies, are recommended for most pets and “Non-core” vaccines, such as lime, Bordetella, and influenza, are for pets with unique needs and may be recommended by our vets. Vaccines are especially important for young animals with immature immune systems and begin at 6-8 weeks.
How Often Should Your Pet Visit The Vet?
We recommend regular veterinarian exams at least once per year for pets under the age of eight. For pets more than eight years of age, we recommend a visit every six months. Carefully chosen vaccinations, and the ongoing use of safe parasite-control medications; are simple measures that help you and your pet avoid serious health concerns in the future. As your pet matures, we’ll discuss changing nutrition needs, wellness medications, and testing for the early detection of age-related health issues.
Proper preventative care can enhance your pet’s quality of life. If you live near Richmond’s West End, the team at Wellesley Animal Hospital can create the perfect care and wellness program for you and your pet. Call us today at 804-364-7030.