The prevention of disease is just as important as the treatment of the disease itself.
When patients can’t verbally express to us what is bothering them, many diseases have the opportunity to progress, sometimes aggressively, unbeknownst to the patient and family. In 2010, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) added prevention of disease to the veterinary oath. While this seems intuitive and obvious, the steps necessary to prevent disease and contribute to overall wellness are often overlooked. Here at Central Houston’s Animal Hospital, we believe strongly in disease prevention when it comes to you and your pet.
CHAH’s comprehensive wellness care is an individualized approach defined initially by physical examination findings with consideration of breed and life stages such as juvenile, mature, senior and geriatric. Each patient visit also includes other important considerations such as:
Parasite control such as heartworm and various intestinal parasites.
Vaccinations and unique exposure risks.
Oral health and maintenance.
Zoonotic disease exposure.
Lifestyle, personality, activity level, and environmental components.
Allergy and other various skin conditions along with general hygiene maintenance.
Advanced aging/mobility support such as therapeutic K-Laser, acupuncture, chiropractic techniques and pharmacological approach.
We recommend twice yearly visits that include full examinations, timely vaccinations, annual heartworm and intestinal parasite testing, and life stage appropriate lab work and diagnostics. As pets age, these diagnostic recommendations will increase, just as with human medicine.
At CHAH, we are happy to provide 30-minute appointments and also provide convenient drop-off options to ensure a proper focus on individualized pet care. We know that you, the client, are a crucial part of this process. Your opinions and thoughts are important to us. We maintain open lines of communication and are readily available to our clients to answer any and all questions or concerns when it comes to your beloved furry family member. Our ultimate goal is improved quality of life, longevity, and happy pet-family relationships.