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Posted on 10-05-2015

~~October is National Pet Wellness Month.  What does pet wellness really mean and why is it important?  Keeping your pet well starts with an annual visit.   A questionnaire helps us review lifestyle, feeding and dental care along with identifying needs in preventative care.  The doctor also askes about behavior changes and signs that could indicate pain.  A thorough, 12 point examination is then performed while identifying the findings to the owner.  We are also able to follow up with chronic problems and answer owner’s questions.  The entire staff takes pride in our gentle and calm handling, encouraging voices and TREATS GALORE!  A stool exam and heartworm blood test is performed once a year for dogs.  Vaccines for both dogs and cats are administered based on environment and lifestyle, not just what vaccine is available.  Other blood tests are performed on senior pets and those with chronic conditions or medications.  68% of dogs and cats have dental disease that is painful and is affecting their general health.  58% of dogs and cats are overweight, leading to joint inflammation and many other health problems.   Pet wellness is a partnership between you and Southfork Animal Hospital with the goal to keep your pet the happiest and healthiest for as long as possible.

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