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Wellness Pet Care Tailored to Your Needs

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Wellness care is a positive approach to dog and cat health that considers everything from vaccines to your family’s lifestyle. Our basic wellness protocol is tailored to each individual animal but, in most pets, wellness care includes the following:

  • Comprehensive exam
  • Vaccines
  • Parasite prevention
  • Blood work
  • Dental care
  • Microchipping
  • Spay or neuter
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Bathing
  • Social interaction
  • Training and behavior

As a year in a pet’s life is equal to 6 or 7 human years, wellness means a more consistent approach to prevention than a simple annual check-up. For all pets, we recommend wellness exams every 6 months, comparable to a doctor visit every 3 years for you.

This timetable is important to detect developing problems early when they are most treatable and to spread out the basic veterinary care, dental exams and cleanings, blood work, diagnostic testing, and vaccines over the course of a year — less trauma to pets and to your pocketbook. Palmetto Animal Hospital works with every client to determine the best approach to care for your cat or dog, as well as the wellness regime that fits your family’s needs and lifestyle.

Visit our Vaccinations page for more information about disease prevention and view our vaccination charts for some basic disease prevention protocols:

If you have a young pet, our Puppies and Kittens page offers wellness information for the first year of life. Aging pets require special care — visit our Senior Pet Care page for more details. And learn how dental care can prolong the life of your pet on our Pet Dental Health page.

Wellness care is geared toward enhancing and prolonging life in every pet. At Palmetto Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to helping you enjoy a positive relationship with your special companion for many years to come. Contact us with any questions you have or to schedule your pet’s wellness visit today.

For a variety of easy-to-read articles and slide shows on pet care and wellness, visit WebMD’s Pet Health Center.