Americans spend upwards of $70 billion on pet care in a single year. From veterinary care and food to toys and treats, there are endless opportunities to keep our pets well.

All that stuff can be a good thing, but how do we make sure we’re focusing on the RIGHT stuff? By focusing on the simple basics, we can cultivate and support true pet wellness and keep our furry family members happy and healthy.

Love and Fun

Pets are pretty great at adding lots of fun, snuggles, and affection to any household. Yet, for all they offer, they’re unable to take care of all their own needs. To be sure, owning a pet is a significant responsibility, and it can take time to adjust to your new role. There’s a lot to learn, but we’ve got you covered!

Present Company

Pet wellness starts with thorough examinations 2 times every year. Why twice a year? That’s because pets age at a much faster rate than we do. That means significant health changes can occur in as little at 3-6 months. Plus, since pets can’t tell us when they’re not feeling well, these visits give us the opportunity to assess all the body systems, such as:

  • Eyes, ears, nose
  • Dental hygiene
  • Body condition and weight
  • Skin and coat
  • Abdomen and digestion
  • Lymph nodes
  • Lungs and heart
  • Joints and bones

These visits give us the baseline information we need, to prevent illness or injury and promote a long healthy life. Beyond that, we work with pet owners to establish individualized long-term plans based on species, breed, age, physical condition, and lifestyle.

Other Elements of Pet Wellness

Your pet’s weight, nutritional and behavioral needs are a priority as well. Taking the time to address diet, treats, and regular exercise are all part of pet wellness exams. We also look forward to discussing behavioral changes or quirks that may inhibit general wellbeing. These conversations are a great opportunity to address any issues for your pet before they become worrisome concerns.

Power of Detection

A proactive approach to pet wellness also includes the following:

  • Vaccinations
  • Internal and external parasite prevention
  • Spaying/neutering
  • Lab work to aid in early detection of disease
  • Parasite screening
  • Professional dental cleaning and exam under anesthesia
  • Training and socialization
  • Medications and/or nutritional supplements to enhance health

As you can tell, we are passionate about pet wellness being a cornerstone for your pet’s overall health, happiness, and wellbeing. Our goal at Old Derby Animal Hospital is that through education, communication and regular examination you too can become an expert in pet wellness. Pet wellness is a never-ending challenge and our staff is here to support you and your pet along the way. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.