A Preventive Approach is the Best Approach
Being proactive about your pet’s health is the key to a longer, happier life together. At Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians are sure to cover the following topics as part of any wellness plan:
- Dental / Oral care
- Nutrition / Weight management
- Spaying / Neutering
- Vaccinations / Parasite prevention
We also want to develop a plan that meets the unique needs of you and your pet. That’s why we encourage you to ask specific questions and discuss any concerns you may have about your companion. Our team is dedicated to helping you make sensible decisions that fit your lifestyle.
Scheduling regular visits to our hospital is the best way to keep your pet healthy and to prevent problems from worsening or becoming too costly. We recommend yearly wellness exams for every cat and dog, although more frequent visits may be encouraged. During a routine exam, we listen to your pet’s heart, evaluate the eyes and mouth, and check the body for abnormal lumps. This is also the time to address any concerns that are unique to your pet.
Vaccines are crucial to protecting your pet from unwanted illness. When determining a vaccination schedule, our team takes into account many factors, including lifestyle, age, and risk for certain diseases. The annual wellness exam is also a good time to discuss strategies around parasite prevention.
Microchipping is a safe, easy way to help reunite you and your pet should you become separated. Each microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades. If your pet goes missing, most hospitals, humane societies, and animal control officials have electronic scanners, which detect your pet’s microchip and ensure his or her safe return. The procedure is as simple as receiving a vaccine, and the microchip remains active for the duration of your pet’s life. To learn more about this important practice, please read Ripley’s Story.
On the Web
American Veterinary Medical Association:
WebMD Pet Health Center