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Preventative Care is the Best Medicine!

According to the "Weathering the Recession" study done at the AAHA Yearly Conference, emergency and acute care are on the rise as clients try to save money by postponing care for ill pets.

Here at VCA Noah�s Ark we are very aware of the hard economic times. We would like to remind people that the best medicine is preventative medicine. Even though your pet may seem fine on the outside, they may have something wrong on the inside. Yearly wellness exams are essential for your pet. Although our veterinarians always perform a thorough exam on your pet no matter the reason they are here, there are some very large differences between a health problem exam and an annual wellness exam.

*At a health problem exam, the doctors are mainly concerned about the pets presenting health issue. Although they will do things such as listen to your pet�s heart and lungs, the doctor will spend the majority of the time scheduled addressing the current health problem.

* An annual wellness exam is very important to do when your pet is healthy so that we can concentrate our time and energy on all of the preventative measures necessary to keep your pet in good health. We use this time to discuss the pet�s lifestyle with the owner and will do a full examination of the pet to be sure that it is healthy. If the pet needs vaccines, we can do them at that time. If a pet is not feeling well, we will not do vaccines due to a variety of reasons, but mainly because they are not as effective since the pet�s immune system may be compromised and already working on fighting a different health issue. Our doctors work directly with the clients to determine which vaccines each pet needs and how often they should be administered. These are decisions that only a doctor can make with the client�s input on their pet�s lifestyle at the wellness exam. We will also address parasites, lab work, and diet recommendations, as well as any other measures specific to your pet.

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