Preventative Medicine



It’s All About Prevention

Just like you, we want your pet to live the longest, healthiest life possible. That starts with the basics: quality food, enough exercise, good grooming, and yes, regular check-ups.

Annual exams are your pet’s first line of defense. Vista Pet Hospital’s comprehensive annual exams include checking their overall health by taking their temperature, examining skin and coat, lung and cardiac function, internal health, oral hygiene, eyes, ears, and demeanor.

Vaccinations: Keeping your pet up to date on immunizations and booster shots is a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper and rabies. Beyond those core vaccines, your pet’s age, lifestyle, and likely exposure to certain diseases will be evaluated before we recommend additional inoculations.

Dental Care: Proper dental care is essential to overall pet health and longevity. Some pets, like people, tend to build more tartar on their teeth or are predisposed to dental disease. By age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. We recommend having your pet’s teeth checked their annual exam to help determine if your pet needs regular cleanings and possibly prevent or delay extractions. Vista Pet Hospital offers complete pet oral health services, including dental x-rays.

Parasite Control: Fleas, ticks, worms – preventing them in the first place is much easier and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for internal parasites regularly, and we offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.

Proper Nutrition: There’s so much confusion about what to feed pets. Grain-free kibble? Home-cooked meals? Raw foods? Proper nutrition is so important to your pet’s good health, and we can help you figure out what is best for your pet and your lifestyle.

Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Swiftly addressing these shifts can help to identify and treat the root cause.

Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Proper skin and hair care can prevent things like mange, matting, bacterial infections and more.

Exercise: Regular workouts support musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages, as well as improve their overall mental well-being.

Senior Animals: At Vista Pet Hospital elder pets are one of our passions, and we know that preventative care is even more significant for them. Pets age much more rapidly than humans, so diseases and illness progress faster as well. Regular exams and screenings for seniors can help prolong and improve the quality of their life.

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