What is pet wellness?
Pet wellness means disease prevention and maximizing a pet’s quality of life. At Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital, we practice pet wellness through regular and thorough physical exams as well as the communication and educational information which is exchanged at that time. Laboratory information based on blood profiles, urinalysis, and fecal examinations also play key roles in disease prevention and keeping pets healthy and happy.
What role does the physical exam play in pet wellness?
The most important tool we have in being proactive with our pets’ health is the physical exam. Not only may health issues be detected and monitored during this time, but vital information is discussed and techniques demonstrated which require a one on one, non-rushed environment. Many medical issues can be prevented entirely through communication and education. Since one year to us is the equivalent of 6 or 7 years to our pets, you can see why an exam at least once yearly is vital for pet wellness.
What role does laboratory information play in pet wellness?
Laboratory results give further information on your pet’s overall health beyond what a physical exam alone can give. Because blood profile and urinalysis results are so precise, we are often times able to detect disease while it is still in the manageable and even reversible stage. Having baseline information is important in the event that a pet has medical problems in the future. Also, it should be confirmed at least once yearly that pets are free of intestinal parasites and heartworms (dogs) as early detection is key.