Wellness & Vaccinations

The most important part of being an animal caregiver is making sure that special little guy or gal stays as healthy and happy for as many years as possible. The best way to achieve this goal is by making a commitment to wellness care. Chico Creek Animal Hospital offers comprehensive wellness care for all stages of life. We can help give your loved one the best chance at a long, happy and healthy life.

Why is wellness care so important?

It’s simple, really. When you bring your companion in at least once a year for a checkup, we are able to keep a close eye on his or her current health, take preventative measures to maintain that health and monitor for any changes over time. These three things are key to keeping your loved one healthy and happy. In fact, disease prevention and early detection can add years to your pet’s life and vastly improve the quality of those years.

Can’t I just bring my pet in when he or she is sick?

Many otherwise responsible pet parents make the mistake of believing that veterinary visits are only necessary when their four-legged friend is sick or has become injured. The problem with this approach is that because our pets cannot speak, they can’t tell us when there’s something bothering them. What’s more, animals are masters at disguising the signs and symptoms of illness. In other words, your pet may look completely healthy but could actually be harboring a dangerous secret that, if left undetected, could cut his or her life short. Wellness visits prevent this.

What is “wellness care”?

Wellness care is really just a fancy phrase for annual checkups. During a wellness visit, the doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam, checking to make sure your pet’s body is functioning just as it should be. We’ll also discuss with you a number of topics that are vital to keeping your loved one happy and healthy, such as vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition and weight management, behavior and more.

The information we gather during your pet’s exams help us to develop a baseline of what’s considered to be “normal” for them. Every pet is different, so it’s important that we are able to understand what “healthy” for your pet looks like. This gives us something to compare future exams and diagnostic tests to moving forward. That way, if and when something changes, it will be easy to spot so it can be addressed right away, before it has a chance to develop into something more serious and costly.

It’s all about relationships…

Finally, although certainly not any less important, wellness visits provide us with the opportunity to get to know you and your pet on a more personal level. Animals that are relaxed and comfortable are much easier to treat and care for, so it’s important to us that your pet feel at ease when visiting with us. By bringing them in on a regular basis, we are able to accomplish this goal, developing a relationship with you and bonding with your four-legged friend. This allows us to develop the most customized and effective health care plan possible for your loved one.

You love your pet and want to enjoy as many happy, healthy years of companionship with them as possible. It starts with a solid foundation of wellness care. Let’s work together to help your loved one enjoy a lifetime of good health!

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