Basic Preventative Care
Wellness care is a positive approach to dog and cat health that considers everything from vaccines to your family’s lifestyle. Our basic wellness protocol is tailored to each individual animal but, in most pets, wellness care includes the following:
- Comprehensive physical exam
- Parasite prevention and treatment
- Laboratory diagnostics
- Basic & advanced dental care
- Spay, neuter, declaw & ear cropping
- Bathing & grooming
- Swimming instruction
- Social interaction & training
As a year in a pet’s life is equal to 6 or 7 human years, wellness means a more consistent approach to prevention than a simple annual check-up. For all pets, we recommend wellness exams every 6 months, comparable to a doctor visit every 3 years for you.
This timetable is important to detect developing problems early when they are most treatable and to spread out the basic veterinary care, dental exams and cleanings, blood work, diagnostic testing, and vaccines over the course of a year — less trauma to pets and to your pocketbook. Calusa Veterinary Center works with every client to determine the best approach to care for your cat or dog, as well as the wellness regime that fits your family’s needs and lifestyle.
It is important to know that puppies and kittens have very different wellness needs than senior pets. Consequently, you should feel free to ask your veterinarian any questions you may have about your pet as they age and change in their health, behavior, etc.
Wellness care is geared toward enhancing and prolonging life in every pet. At Calusa Veterinary Center, we are dedicated to helping you enjoy a positive relationship with your beloved companion for many years to come. Contact us with any questions you have or to schedule your pet’s wellness visit today.
Read more about wellness exams for pets at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) website.
For a variety of easy-to-read articles and slide shows on pet care and wellness, visit WebMD’s Pet Health Center .
Enjoy the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) website, which offers many downloadable brochures on subjects relating to pet wellness and disease prevention.