Our companion animals are only with us for such a precious span of time – often much shorter than we’d like. That’s why it’s so important that we take every measure to extend the time we get to share with them, and to make those extra years as happy and healthy as possible. Routine wellness care helps us to achieve this goal because it allows us to both manage the current health of your pet, and to monitor their ongoing wellbeing for any changes as they occur over time. The more we remain on top of your pet’s ongoing health, the better the chances of a long, happy life.

Village Gate Animal Hospital & Pet Resort offers comprehensive wellness services to provide a lifetime of care for our patients. We approach wellness care as something that is fluid and ever changing. As animals age, their health care needs change. Our goal is to provide the exact care your pet needs at any given moment, over the course of his or her life. For your puppy or kitten, this may mean developing a vaccination plan and addressing nutritional needs, while your adult pet may require more diagnostic testing and weight management. When your pet reaches the senior years, they will need more in-depth health screenings and other measures to help keep them healthy and comfortable in their later years.

Regular checkups also provide us with the opportunity to detect the signs of illness or disease in its earliest stages, so we can address it right away, before it has the chance to progress. This early detection and disease prevention can add years to your pet’s life and vastly improve the quality of those years. It’s also much more affordable for you, as a pet owner, since it’s always less expensive to manage the early onset of disease than it is to treat it once it’s developed.

Wellness visits at Village Gate Animal Hospital & Pet Resort are fully customized to each patient, because we believe that when we focus on each pet’s individual needs, we can provide a higher level of quality care throughout their lifetime. We’ll conduct a thorough physical examination of your pet to ensure that everything is functioning properly. We’ll also discuss and provide recommendations on all of the important things necessary to keep your pet happy and healthy, such as diet and exercise, parasite control and prevention, behavior and more.

Another important component of wellness care is vaccinations. These medications can help protect your pet from a number of serious, sometimes life threatening diseases. Yet, just because a vaccine is available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s something your pet needs. We want to keep your companion safe, but we also want to ensure that we’re not over medicating them. We’ll conduct a thorough analysis of your pet to determine his or her specific risk factors, and then develop a customized vaccination plan based on those risks.

Finally, but perhaps most importantly, wellness visits allow our doctors and care team to get to know you and your pet better. At Village Gate Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, we believe that you, as your pet’s caregiver, play just as important of a role in their health care as we do. We will always take the time to answer your questions, or discuss any concerns that you may have about your pet. We encourage you to become an active participant, and will always work with you to help you make the most effective, informed decisions about your pet’s care.

Your pet deserves the best chance at enjoying a long, healthy life. Help improve the odds by making a commitment to ongoing wellness care.