Wellness and Prevention

Many people think that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. When it comes to our animals’ health, however, Hillside Animal Hospital believes it is in your pet’s best interest to prevent it from getting “broken” in the first place, that is where our wellness and prevention services come in. This means regular wellness and prevention exams, including recommended vaccinations and preventative treatments. It is important for us to see your pet regularly so that we can document what is normal, such as weight, attitude and overall condition. Therefore, we can intercede earlier when we start to see changes that could progress into bigger health concerns. You may not notice subtle day to day changes in your pet, but our veterinarians are well trained to point out when intervention is necessary. Also, keeping current on vaccinations and heartworm prevention can save your pet from potentially lethal diseases.

Why 6 Month Exams?

You have probably heard that 1 human year is equivalent to 7 years for your dog and about 5 years for your cat. This varies based on your pet’s size and age, but the point is they age at a much more accelerated rate than people. This means that disease processes can occur and progress much more quickly as well. This is one reason that we recommend bi-annual wellness and prevention visits. Bringing your pet in for an exam every 6 months is like you seeing your doctor every 3-4 years. A lot can change in your pet’s health status in that time. We believe that the sooner your pet is diagnosed with a problem, the better we can treat him and greatly improve your pet’s quantity as well as quality of life.



Please take the time to read our complimentary blogs below.

Five Issues To Watch Out For In Your Cat

Health issues can affect cats at any time, but they can be the most damaging at the early stages of a cat’s life. Diseases and infections can hit kittens especially hard given their fragile nature, so it’s important to monitor their health closely during these... read more

Five Ways to Dog Proof Your Backyard

If you’re a dog owner, you do everything you can to keep your dog safe and healthy. That likely means dog proofing your home so that it is as safe as can be. While many pet owners know the hidden dangers that lurk inside one’s home, few realize that the outdoors can... read more

Should You Get a Puppy

Few things in life are as cute and cuddly as a puppy (except maybe a kitten) and even fewer things add as much joy to your life. But, as wonderful as puppies are, that doesn’t mean they don’t come without their headaches and hassles. If you’re considering adopting a... read more

Why Your Pet Smells

Does your pet have a certain aroma that can’t be ignored any more…no matter how hard you try? In other (less nice) words, does your pet stink? If you have a smelly pet, don’t stress! Your pet isn’t the first (or last) animal with an odor problem. To rid your pet... read more

After Care For Pets Following Surgery

At Hillside Animal Hospital we use minimally invasive surgery techniques so that your pet undergoes less trauma and recovery time is minimized. While minimally invasive surgery is safer for your pet than traditional invasive procedures, proper post-op care is still... read more

Caring for your senior pet

Everyone knows that a puppy’s needs are different from those of a grown dog.  So, doesn’t it make sense that senior dogs (and cats) have their own specific needs as well? The reality is senior pets have special care requirements because of their unique age-related... read more