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Preventative & Wellness Care

Preventative and Wellness Care for Your Pet in Pensacola, FL

Your pet is special to you, which is why you want your pet to live long with a good quality of life. If you live in Pensacola, Florida, it's vitally important for your pet to visit an animal hospital like Brentwood Animal Hospital for preventative and wellness care, so your pet can live a long, healthy life.

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Why Your Pet Needs Annual Preventative and Wellness Care

Your pet needs to visit with a veterinarian who will perform an annual health exam on your pet. This exam may consist of:

  • Physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • Fecal test
  • Urinalysis
  • Weight check

It's important for a veterinarian to see your pet at least annually because your pet's health often changes in a year. You may not see the changes because you live with your pet on a daily basis and the changes are usually gradual. By examining your pet, a veterinarian can determine if there is any problem that may have appeared since the last time he saw your pet.

Your Pet Will Also Receive Important Preventatives at the Pet Exam

At this time, your veterinarian will give your pet any vaccinations that are due, and screen your pet for issues such as heartworm. You may be given a prescription for heartworm medication. Heartworm medication comes in either a tasty pill or a topical that you give once a month to your pet. Our veterinarian will also provide a prescription for parasite control, such as flea and tick preventatives. Some heartworm medications may also control external parasites, so talk with our veterinarian to see which preventative is right for your pet.

Dealing with Parasite Control Both in Your Pet and in Your Home

Our veterinarian is able to recommend pesticides for your home that will not react with the preventatives you give your pet. Some pesticides are dangerous to use around pets, especially cats, who are particularly sensitive to them. Never use medications intended for your dog on your cat, and vice versa. Cats can become very sick if they're given certain preventatives made expressly for dogs. Our veterinarian will be able to advise you in this matter, and prescribe the correct medications for your pet.

Talk with Our Veterinarian about Any Concerns You Might Have

During your pet’s annual exam, ask our veterinarian any questions you have about your pet's care, behavior, and training. We will be glad to discuss topics such as training, spay and neuter, pet behavior, and any problems you might be experiencing with your pet. If your pet is overweight, we may recommend a prescription diet to help your pet lose weight safely and gradually. If your pet is showing signs of arthritis or slowing down, our vet can test your pet for health issues and put your pet on arthritis medication that will help him feel better.

Make an appointment today for your pet's preventative and wellness care exam at Brentwood Animal Hospital. Call us at 850-434-2646 today.