Preventive Care

We believe that preventing illness is a more desirable option than treating illness.

Pet Preventive Care

Why Is Annual Preventive Care Important?

Depending upon the breed, life stage of your pet, and lifestyle of your family, our doctors and staff will recommend routine physical exams, diagnostics, dental care, nutrition counseling, parasite prevention, and immunizations, tailored to you and your pet. We don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach to your pet’s health care. Every patient has individual health needs and circumstances, just like “you can’t fit a round cat in a square hole”!

Stay Current with Your Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR)
Veterinarians in the state of Oregon are required by law to have a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) with each patient in order to provide veterinary services such as filling a prescription, administering a vaccination, or providing health services. This means that the veterinarian or veterinary clinic has examined the pet within the last year. Examinations at another veterinary clinic do not fulfill the VCPR at our hospital.

Bringing your pets in for an annual preventive care exam ensures that the VCPR is current for your pet with our hospital and prevents delays with prescription refills and treatments!

Learn more about the Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship requirement here.

Dogs and Cats Age Faster Than Humans
Like humans, our pet’s healthcare needs change as they age, and pets age faster than humans. Once-a-year exams for your pets are like humans going to the doctor every 5-7 years! Annual preventive care visits can help our doctors identify age-related issues before they become a serious problem.

View our detailed preventive care recommendations for cats and kittens or dogs and puppies here (link to individual pages in Resource section).

Prevention is often more affordable than treatment. By staying ahead of potential health concerns, you can avoid expensive medical bills down the road.