Wellness & Vaccinations
Because companion animals age at a much faster rate than humans, it's incredibly important to have your pet regularly examined by a veterinarian. At Stockbridge Animal Hospital, we place a strong emphasis on wellness care and preventative medicine, like vaccinations and parasite control, because we believe it provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of good health. By bringing your pet in once or twice a year, you allow our doctors to manage both their present health as well as any changes that may occur over time. When we are able to identify potential health concerns early, we can address them right away - often before they have a chance to develop into a more serious and costly problem. A commitment to ongoing wellness care can add precious years to your pet's life and vastly improve the quality of those years.
The wellness services at Stockbridge Animal Hospital have been specifically designed to meet the unique needs of each patient we serve. Health care is not one-size-fits-all, and every animal is different. Likewise, pets at different stages of life require varying levels of care. For instance, wellness care for a puppy or kitten may focus more on prevention like vaccinations and parasite control, while the needs of an adult dog or cat may shift more toward diagnostics and health screenings and senior wellness targets managing existing medical conditions and making the golden years more comfortable. Our wellness services will meet your pet exactly where they are at the moment they walk through the door, providing for the most effective care possible throughout their lifetime.
A typical wellness visit at Stockbridge Animal Hospital starts with a thorough "nose to tail" physical exam. The doctor will check your pet's ears, eyes, nose, mouth and skin, as well as the internal systems, such as the heart and lungs, to ensure that everything is functioning properly. We may also recommend conducting various diagnostic tests to further analyze your companion's health. We'll also use this time to discuss such important matters as nutrition and weight management, microchip identification, parasite prevention and control, behavioral issues and anything else that you feel is important.
Our veterinarians also use wellness visits to administer important vaccines to our patients. Vaccinations can help protect companion animals from a number of serious diseases, some of which can be life threatening and highly contagious. Yet your pet may not necessarily need every available vaccine. We'll ask you a series of questions about your pet's lifestyle to assess his or her risk factors, and then use that information to develop a personalized vaccination plan that is tailored specifically to your pet. The goal is to keep your companion safe but also avoid unnecessary medications.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, routine wellness visits provide us with the chance to develop a relationship with you and your pet. The more you both come to know and trust us, the better we will be able to deliver the best possible care over the course of your companion's lifetime. At Stockbridge Animal Hospital, we care about you and your pet, and we want to see you both enjoy as many happy, healthy years of companionship as possible.
Don't just wait until your pet is sick to come see us. Give them the gift of a lifetime of good health by investing in wellness care.
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