VeterinarianAs a loving pet parent, your biggest goal is to keep your four-legged family member as happy and healthy for as many years as possible. At Milford Veterinary Hospital, we share that very same goal, and we’re honored to partner with you in such an important initiative. That’s why we place such a strong emphasis on wellness care and preventative medicine.

Companion animals age at a much faster rate than humans do. Because of this, it’s critically important that we stay on top of their ongoing health on a regular basis. A pet that goes years without wellness care may appear perfectly healthy on the outside, but he or she may be harboring a dangerous secret on the inside. Without regular checkups, underlying illnesses or other serious medical conditions could go undetected, progressing and worsening over time.

When we are able to examine your pet on a regular basis, we are able to take appropriate measures to both prevent illness and catch it in its earliest stages so that it can be addressed most effectively. Disease prevention and early detection can add years to your pet’s life and improve the quality of those years exponentially. The more proactive we are with your pet’s health care, the better the chances of a long, happy and healthy life.

The wellness care at Milford Veterinary Hospital is not only designed to comprehensively support your pet’s current health, but also support any changes as they occur. Whether it’s a first round of vaccinations and nutritional counseling for your new puppy or kitten, routine diagnostic tests and ongoing health maintenance for your adult dog or cat, or specialized geriatric care to prolong and improve the quality of your pet’s senior years. This ensures that your pet will always receive the most precise, customized care each and every time he or she visits with us.

We recommend that all pets undergo complete wellness examinations at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged especially as your pet ages. Wellness visits include a complete “nose-to-tail” physical examination, which allows us to develop a comprehensive health profile for your pet. The vet will check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose and throat, examine his or her teeth, listen to the heart and lungs for signs of disease, palpate the abdomen, examine your pet’s skin and coat, and more.

The information we gather during a routine wellness exams aids us in future treatment of your pet and helps us identify medical problems at an early stage, before they develop into serious conditions that are difficult and expensive to treat. These regular visits also allow us to take certain preventative measures, such as vaccinations and parasite control, to help protect your pet against many of the dangers he or she will encounter during the course of his or her life. Preventative care will be completely tailored to your pet’s unique needs, lifestyle and risk factors.

Finally, although equally as important, regular wellness visits are also a great time to share information about your pet’s health. We may ask you questions about your pet’s diet and lifestyle and we encourage you to ask any questions or voice any concerns that you may have about your pet’s health. We feel that forming a partnership with you and developing a bond with your pet provide a solid foundation for exceptional care, and wellness visits provide the perfect opportunity.

Give your loved one the gift of a lifetime of good health by investing in wellness care. Milford Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive wellness care services for animals of all ages. Call today to schedule your pet’s next wellness visit.