Wellness Care Across Your Pet’s Lifespan
Just like humans, your pet’s wellness routine needs to be adjusted as she or he progresses through each age and stage of life. The health concerns of a puppy are not the same health concerns of a mature dog. At Hill Country Animal Hospital, we recognize the importance of providing individualized care across your pet’s lifespan, which is why we have designed the following wellness programs:
Puppy and Kitten Wellness Program
Young pets are rambunctious and fun, but they need special attention to ensure they grow and develop into healthy dogs or cats. The goal of our puppy and kitten wellness program is to ensure you have a healthy and happy companion for years to come.
During the first year of life, we recommend the following:
- An initial wellness exam
- Screening for intestinal parasites
- Spaying or neutering at six months of age
- Medication to prevent heartworms and fleas
- Vaccinations spread across multiple visits, to ensure your pet’s immune system recovers after each vaccine
- Education on nutritional health
- Behavioral counseling
During these visits, we also encourage new pet owners to ask questions and learn more about their pet’s development. Our friendly and experienced staff is always more than happy to answer your questions and help you become acquainted with the joys of pet ownership.
Junior Wellness Program
For most pets, their prime years are between the age of one and six years. They often are at their healthiest, most active point in their lives. However, pets at this stage in life still require regular veterinary care, as they are often susceptible to diseases that vaccines and laboratory testing can prevent. Our Junior Wellness Program is designed to maintain the health of your pet and keep him or her in optimal condition.
During this stage of life, we recommend the following:
- Yearly wellness exams
- Yearly blood work, including heart worm testing
- Routine vaccinations
- Urinalysis as needed
Like the Puppy and Kitten Wellness Program, we encourage you to contact us with questions or concerns regarding your pet’s health.
Senior Wellness Program
As animals move into the senior phase of life, they experience changes very similar to aging humans. Age-related diseases and conditions develop, such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and loss of sensory perception. During the early stages of these illnesses, many senior pets appear healthy during a wellness exam despite an underlying disease. As the disease progresses, more obvious symptoms appear but are unfortunately more difficult to manage.
Our hospital’s goal for the Senior Wellness Program is to identify disease in the early stages. This allows us to manage or reverse the illness with treatment and increase your pet’s overall quality of life.
For pets 7 years of age or older, we recommend the following:
- Twice-yearly wellness exams
- Lab work, including complete blood count, blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, and test for thyroid levels
- Routine chest x-ray, blood pressure measurement, and electrocardiograph to assess cardiopulmonary health
- Abdominal ultrasound for cancer screening, tailored for breed and age of pet
At Hill Country Animal Hospital, we are committed to the health of your pet across its lifespan. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns. Our knowledgeable staff is always more than happy to discuss the health of your animal companion.
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