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.

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... read more

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... read more

Road Trip Season: Preparing Pets for Travel

Summer is here! With the heat comes the pressing desire to escape and venture to new and exciting destinations. Road trips are the ultimate way to experience summer in the states, and they’re even better when our furry friends can come along! However, before you... read more

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