Pet Wellness Care
At Mendocino Animal Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing the services needed to strengthen your bond with your pet. Wellness care is an essential part of that. Annual or semiannual visits with your veterinarian help us keep up with the changing needs of your pet, so we can give them the most effective care year after year.
Annual exams give your pet the best chance at a long and happy life.
Why is Preventative Care So Important for My Pet?
It can be easy to put off going to the vet because your pet seems completely healthy and normal. However, pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling, and while they may seem perfectly healthy on the outside, there could be an underlying illness brewing. Here are some reasons why pet wellness care is so important for your pet:
Hiding any sign of vulnerability is a natural instinct, and in the wild, it would have kept them from being a bigger predator’s next meal. When signs of illness finally do develop, it means the disease progression is much farther along and will be significantly more difficult (and costly) to treat.
The human-animal bond is a beautiful thing, but when your pet isn’t their best self, your relationship with them suffers. They likely won’t be as willing to play, take long walks, or even cuddle with you on the couch because of pain, discomfort, or simply not feeling well.
While we may be able to manage or treat an illness that progressed too far, your pet may not fully recover. Lingering effects such as tooth loss from dental disease, chronic gastrointestinal problems from parvovirus; or heart problems from feline hyperthyroidism can all shorten your pet’s quality and quantity of life significantly.
Senior cats and dogs can develop conditions much more rapidly. Routine vet visits, ideally every 6 months, are essential for our older patients as it gives us the best chance at early detection (and treatment!) for any developing conditions.