Holistically our veterinary care is governed by how we approach two fundamental issues:
1) Quantity of life; or living as long as genetics allow
2) Quality of life; or living as well as possible both physically and psychologically.
Quantity of life issues that we can help you control include, early disease detection, risk avoidance, individual appropriate nutrition, lifestyle choices, behavioral guidance, preventative medicine, parasite and flea control, and vaccines.
Quality of life issues that we can help your pet with are pain prevention and treatment, early disease detection, arthritis mitigation, obesity prevention, environment and behavioral enrichment, allergy control, skin and oral health.
Pain prevention literally starts with the first visits as puppies and kittens. Fear increases pain and it is important that puppies and kittens are trained to not expect discomfort even with their first visits. At home it is important to only use positive rewards for training and not use punishment based training.
Pain prevention related to veterinary care starts at the first visits and the big challenges are related to surgery including spaying or neutering. Attention to pain control at this time is critical as failure to adequately manage pain results in pain training the nervous system to overreact to pain messages for the rest of ones life. (True in humans as well)
Dogs and cats are very,very,very good at hiding pain from humans. Hidden pain is still very,very real. Fortunately huge strides in pain management have occurred recently and your pets are in position to benefit from that knowledge.