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.

Use of Marijuana and CBD in Dogs and Cats

Hillside Animal Hospital's Veterinarians Weigh In   With medical marijuana and CBD products booming in human medicine, there has been a lot of talk and curiosity about the benefits that this magical plant can do for our pets. However, before you run to your nearest...

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Top Reasons Dogs and Cats Vomit During Holidays

‘Tis the season for presents, candy, and holiday cheer! The Holiday season is an exciting time of the year; however, it can bode dangerous for your pet if you aren’t considering them in your shopping and decorating.  If your cat or dog is vomiting, having a seizure,...

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I Found Bumps on My Dog’s Body

Bumps on a Dog's Body Can Mean Many Things...   Lumps or bumps could mean a number of different things for your pet and their skin. Bumps on a pet’s skin could be anything from fluid build-up or a fatty cyst to cancer.  Here in Arizona, bumps on a dog's skin can...

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Heartworm Disease Alert: Is Your Pet Protected?

A dog that lived his entire life in Fountain Hills has recently been tested positive for the dreaded heartworm disease.  heartworm disease prevention options make it easier than ever to keep pets protected.  We want to stress that heartworm disease is becoming more...

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A Wellness Revolution: Laser Therapy for Our Pets

When our pets experience any sort of pain or discomfort, it can be difficult to find ways to provide them relief beyond traditional surgeries or medication. In recent years, veterinary medicine has been dedicated to improving the use of cold-laser therapy on patients...

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