Proper Wellness Care is Essential
Because your cat or dog is an important member of your family, he or she deserves a health care plan that’s well thought out and effective. That’s why the team at Penfield Veterinary Hospital is sure to incorporate the following as part of every wellness plan:
- Dental / Oral care
- Nutrition / Weight management
- Spaying / Neutering
- Vaccinations / Parasite prevention
We also want to design preventive care plans that meet the unique needs of every pet and his or her owner. That’s why we encourage you to ask questions and discuss your concerns. Our team is committed to helping you make sensible decisions that are in the best interest of you and your pet.
Regular visits to our hospital are 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 (especially for puppies / kittens and senior pets). The wellness visit is also a good time to voice your concerns and ask questions.
Vaccines are crucial to protecting your pet from unwanted illness. When determining appropriate vaccinations, our veterinarians take into account many factors including lifestyle, age, and risk for certain diseases. At the annual wellness exam we will discuss strategies for year-round parasite prevention.
Microchipping is the safest and easiest way to locate your pet should you become separated. If your pet goes missing, most hospitals and humane societies have electronic scanners which can read your pet’s microchip. Each chip (about the size of a grain of rice) contains your name and contact information, ensuring a successful reunion. The procedure to microchip your pet is as simple as receiving a vaccine, and it remains active for the duration of his or her life. To learn more about this important practice, please read Ripley’s Story.
On the Web
American Veterinary Medical Association:
WebMD Pet Health Center