When your pet is sick or injured, you naturally pick up the phone and call the vet. What about when he or she appears to be completely healthy? Is it really necessary to keep that annual appointment if your pet is acting like his or her normal, active self?

The simple answer is, hands down, unequivocally – YES!

The truth is, you want your pet to live as many happy, healthy years as possible, right? Well, the best way to achieve that goal is by making a commitment to routine wellness care. That is, bringing your pet in at least once a year to be examined, regardless of how healthy they appear.

Wellness visits for your pet are similar to the annual checkups you bring your children in for each year. The doctor conducts a thorough physical exam to evaluate your pet’s current health and takes certain preventative measures to protect your companion against a variety of dangers that they will be exposed to throughout their lifetime. These preventative measures include customized vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition and weight management and more.

During routine wellness exams, the vet will also looks for any signs of potential medical concerns so they can be diagnosed and addressed right away, before they have the chance to develop into a more serious and costly problem. When we are able to prevent illness and disease, and detect it in its earliest stages, we can provide your pet with the best possible chance at enjoying a long, healthy and happy life.

Lastly, although equally as important, wellness visits also allow us the opportunity to get to know you and your companion on a more personal level. The more we come to know and understand your pet’s unique needs, the more precise and effective care we can provide. We encourage you to use your pet’s annual visit to ask questions and bring up any concerns that you may have so that we may discuss them further. Remember – you are an important member of your pet’s health care team, and we want to partner with you to provide your loved one with the best possible care.

At Barre Animal Hospital, we don’t just want to be there for you when your pet is sick or injured. To the contrary, we want to take every measure to prevent illness and keep your companion fit and healthy for as many years as possible. Don’t wait until your pet becomes ill to come see us. Schedule your companion’s next wellness visit today. Let’s work together to give your four-legged friend the gift of a lifetime of good health!