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Preventing Big Problems by Catching Small Issues

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, caring for adult pets involves not only proper nutrition, exercise, vaccinations, and parasite prevention, it also means keeping a vigilant eye on changes in health status. Our adult pet wellness regimen includes measures to ensure we catch any small changes before they become bigger, more serious issues.

Adult Pet Health Exams

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Because pets age at a much faster rate than humans and they are not able to communicate how they feel, we recommend that adult pets be seen every six months for routine checkups.

Instinctually, animals tend to hide pain and signs of illness. This makes it hard for pet owners to recognize many of the subtler symptoms of pet health issues. Unfortunately, at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we regularly see pets with infections, tick-borne illnesses, tumors, and other conditions that go unnoticed by even the most observant pet owners.

That’s why during each exam, your veterinarian will examine your pet’s entire body from nose to tail, making these wellness visits one of the most important steps to keeping your pet happy and healthy.

Pet Nutritional Counseling

One of the leading causes of disease in pets is obesity. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, specific dietary recommendations are made to help your pet achieve and maintain his or her ideal weight.

If you’re wondering how much your pet should weigh, body condition scoring and morphometric measurements can be helpful, as well as the American Animal Hospital Association’s weight management guidelines.

Parasite Prevention

Detecting and preventing parasites is an important step in protecting your pet from a number of serious diseases and conditions. The veterinarians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital will assist you in determining which preventive measures to take for your pet’s age, species, and breed.

With regular wellness and preventive care, adult pets can live long, healthy, active lives. If you have any questions about your pet’s health needs, please contact the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.