Surely you’ve heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. What this means is that the more proactive you are about something, the better the chances of a positive outcome. This is especially true in health care – both for people and animals alike.

At Palomar Animal Hospital, we believe that preventative medicine and routine wellness care are the greatest gifts we can give our animal companions.

Because pets age at a faster rate than humans, it’s important that they be examined on a regular basis. Wellness visits allow us to both manage your pet’s current health, and to monitor that health over time, identifying and addressing any changes as soon as they occur. This can greatly improve the length and quality of your companion’s life.

What is “wellness care”?

Think about how we care for our human children. We provide them with a healthy diet. Give them shelter and love. And we bring them in for checkups at least once a year.

It’s really no different for our animal friends. Wellness care involves the routine and ongoing health maintenance of our pets. It starts with an annual or semi-annual physical exam through which the doctor will evaluate your pet’s entire body to make sure everything is functioning just as it should. We’ll check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin and listen to his or her heart and lungs. We may also order a few diagnostic tests to further evaluate your pet’s condition.

The information we gather during a wellness visit allows us to develop a clear and accurate picture of your pet’s overall health. We can then use this information as a guide to measure against over time. When we understand what is “normal” for your pet, we can quickly identify any changes as they occur so they can be dealt with right away. The sooner we can recognize and address the signs of a potential health concern, the better the outcome for your loved one.

Like human checkups, wellness visits are also an excellent opportunity to discuss other important health care matters. We’ll use these regular visits to provide recommendations about your pet’s vaccinations, ways that you can prevent and control parasites, what diet and exercise plan would be best suited to your companion and more. Each visit will be customized to your pet’s unique needs, ensuring that the most precise and effective care is delivered, each and every time you come in to see us.

Getting to know you…

Finally, although equally as important, wellness visits provide all of us at Palomar Animal Hospital with the opportunity to get to know you and your animal companion on a more personal level. We believe that the most important component of quality veterinary care is developing solid relationships with our clients and earning the trust of the animals that they love. Together we will become lifelong partners with the shared goal of helping your cherished pet enjoy as many happy, healthy years as possible.

Palomar Animal Hospital offers comprehensive wellness care for pets of all species, breeds and ages, with specially designed packages available for puppies and kittens. Let’s get your animal friend on the path to a lifetime of good health.