Wellness Care & Vaccines
Preventive veterinary care is the cornerstone of keeping your pet their healthiest so that you and your pet can have more great years together. Since pets age more quickly than people do, it is critical to have regular physical examinations every 6-12 months to assess your pet’s health. During routine preventive exams, your veterinarian will do a nose to tail examination assessing:
- Overall body condition
- Heart and lungs
- Abdominal organs
- Musculoskeletal system
- Neurologic system
- Lymph nodes
Annual age-appropriate lab tests, testing for heartworm and/or tick-borne diseases, and fecal tests for parasites may also be recommended for your pet. Your pet’s nutrition, diet, and exercise routines can be assessed and optimized to help your pet be in best physical condition for their lifestyle and age.
When health problems are identified, a treatment plan will be outlined to evaluate the problems in depth. If your pet appears to be healthy enough for routine preventive care, your veterinarian will discuss which immunizations are advised, as well as parasite prevention including heartworm, intestinal parasites, and ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, etc.).
Remember, keeping up with preventive care for your pet is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy for life.
Young animals are like children: it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. Vaccinations are the best weapon against many viral and bacterial infections and can help prevent deadly diseases like canine parvovirus and rabies. Vaccinations are most important while your pets are still puppies or kitten when their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. Vaccinations are vital to pet health and should be administered to every animal.
A Natick Animal Clinic veterinarian will help you with every step of the vaccination process, including:
- Pet examination and introductory vaccinations
- Necessary booster shots
- Vaccine education
Keep your family member safe by scheduling their vaccinations today.