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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

Puppy

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

Young Cat

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

Senior Dog

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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This is probably the best office I have been to. I’m not just talking about for the animals…the customer service from the first phone call, to stopping in to pick up meds, to the moment I walked out and even the follow up call! Top notch. Appreciated that you are able to check out in the room. This is really helpful especially to keep interaction without pets to a minimum. I will be back. This was a wonderful 1st time experience. And thank you to the doctor for following up with a call.
Erika G., San Antonio, TX
I called afterwards because I thought I missed some instructions and the front desk was able to answer my question immediately but the Dr. also called me back to clear up any confusion. My cat is 19 years old and not once did they tell me to euthanize her because of her age. The nurse who was handling her was the best, she treated my cat with care and understanding.
Becky L., San Antonio, TX
Always have friendly, loving, knowledgeable doctors who spend adequate time with our pets. I love how I can see they actually care for our furry family members. The experience at this office is superb. From being immaculately clean to the care and candor provided by the staff, you have made a lifelong customer. I would easily drive 100 miles to obtain the level of customer service provided by this practice. Well done! (sic)
Julie F., San Antonio, TX
Dr. Krick and your whole team are wonderful. In addition, the overall high standards of Hill Country Animal Hospital as a whole are excellent. It is why we have remained clients over the years even after moving away from Helotes.