As a pet owner, you only want what is best for your four-legged family member. Preventive care is an important component of your pet’s veterinary health care program. As your pet moves from one stage of life onto the next, his or her health care needs will change. The veterinarians and staff of New England Animal Hospital work with each of our patients to establish a comprehensive preventive care plan that will meet the needs of your pet from the playful puppy and kitten stage to the golden years of your senior pet.
Pets are notorious for masking or hiding symptoms of pain and discomfort. Preventive veterinary care not only helps keep your pet healthy, but also provides your veterinarian the opportunity to examine and track changes in his or her physical condition. Some preventive health care components are a one-time procedure, while others are ongoing throughout your pet’s life. The most common preventive health care components include:
- Routine wellness exams — New England Animal Hospital veterinarians recommend that pets receive a routine wellness exam every 12 months until they reach senior pet status, at which time they may increase to every 6 months.
- Pet dental care — During your pet’s routine wellness exam, our veterinarians will examine your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity, checking for signs of tartar buildup that can lead to serious periodontal disease and infection. If needed, they may recommend professional teeth cleaning, available by appointment at New England Animal Hospital’s state-of-the-art dental suite.
- Pet nutrition — Quality and proper nutrition is just as important to your pet’s overall veterinary health. Our veterinarians and staff are trained to assist you in identifying a diet that meets the specific nutritional needs of your pet.
- Spay and neuter — There are many benefits to spaying (for female) and neutering (for male) pets. In addition to controlling the pet population and decreasing the number of abandoned pets, many behavioral issues can also be addressed.
- Pet vaccinations — An easy and cost-effective way to prevent your pet from contracting a variety of disease and illnesses. Your veterinarian will work with you in developing a vaccination schedule that meets the individualized needs of your pet.