Surely you’ve heard the old adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. At Cambie Animal Hospital, we believe this is absolutely true and that prevention is always the best medicine, particularly when it comes to our animal companions. Because our pets age at a much faster rate than we do, it’s important that they receive regular checkups to ensure that they remain healthy throughout the course of their lives. Routine wellness care allows us to both manage your pet’s present health and to monitor and address any changes as soon as they occur. Disease prevention and early detection can add years to your companion’s life.
The wellness services at Cambie Animal Hospital are designed to change and adapt as your pet navigates through each life stage. We know that as animals age, their health care needs change, and we strive to deliver the precise care needed to help each patient enjoy as many healthy, happy years as possible. For younger pets, our wellness care will focus more on disease prevention through vaccinations and parasite control, while the care for adult animals may shift more towards diagnostic testing and weight management. When patients reach their senior years, wellness visits will focus on health screening and managing existing medical conditions. Whatever your pet’s specific needs are at any given moment, we’re prepared to meet them – every step of the way.
A typical wellness visit at Cambie Animal Hospital will include a thorough “nose to tail” physical examination through which our vets will check your pet for any inconsistencies or abnormalities and make sure everything is functioning properly. We may recommend certain diagnostic tests to help us further evaluate your companion’s health. We’ll develop a customized vaccination plan for your pet and provide advice and guidance on such important topics as nutrition and weight control, parasite prevention, behavior and anything else either you or the vet deem necessary to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of wellness visits is that they allow our experienced doctors to identify the signs of a potential medical concern and address it right away. When we can catch an illness or disease in its early stages, we are better able to manage that condition effectively for the best possible outcome. Early detection is also much more cost effective for you, since dealing with an illness that has not yet progressed is much less expensive than treating it once it’s developed.
Finally, but certainly not of any less importance, wellness visits provide us with the opportunity to get to know you and your pet better. When you bring your four-legged friend in for a checkup once or twice a year, our doctors and care team have the chance to talk with you, spend time with your pet and develop a strong, lifelong bond. It is through these relationships that we believe we are better able to deliver the quality, customized care your pet deserves to help them achieve optimum health throughout the course of their lifetime.
Don’t wait until your pet is sick to seek medical care. Give them the gift of a long, healthy life by making a commitment to wellness care.