Preventative Care

 Preventative care is the cornerstone of medical wellbeing. While advances in modern medicine provide us the ever-increasing ability to manage, treat, and even cure many ailments, avoiding illness and injury whenever possible is ideal. Explore the links below to learn more about different types of preventative care that are important to your pet's health. 

From the first moment your puppy enters a veterinary clinic, a conversation about vaccines is typically on the table. While anti-vaccination stances have not permeated the veterinary field quite as extensively as in human medicine, there are still many concerns and anxieties that owners face about vaccines. 

No one ever wants for an emergency to happen with their pet- and despite our best efforts to maintain the health of our companion animals, unexpected things can happen. In the event of a true medical emergency, time of often of the essence, and has a significant impact on outcome. Being prepared for an emergency, as well as knowing how to recognize the signs of common ones, could potentially save your pet's life, and in some cases, reduce the cost of care needed for their recovery. 

This alternative appeals to a number of pet owners, for good reason! It costs less, it doesn't involve anesthesia (so it's perceived as safer) and in many cases, it's quicker, too. Unfortunately, non-anesthetic cleanings are not a safe or reliable alternative to ensuring dental health in your dog or cat. They offer essentially no benefit other than cosmetic, and may even be dangerous or painful to your pet. The individuals offering these services often have the best of intentions, and simply do not realize the immediate and indirect risks associated with the procedure. 

Over 1 in 4 pet owners face financial difficulty obtaining care for their pet, and this number increases when discussing emergency and specialty care services. Most pet owners view their pet as part of the family, and inability to provide care due to financial barriers is a prominent stressor for veterinarians. Conversations about finances are often uncomfortable- read the do's and don'ts here!