When you’re looking for a veterinarian, there are several essential services that your clinic of choice should offer. Not all veterinary clinics are the same. In this blog, the team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital shares five services to look for when you’re checking out clinics in your area:
The 5 Essential Services a Veterinary Clinic Should Provide
1. Wellness and Preventive Care
Preventive care is the cornerstone of veterinary medicine. When you bring your pet to a veterinarian for a yearly wellness appointment, you’re investing in their health—and avoiding costly complications down the road. Look for a veterinary clinic that provides wellness and preventive care including:
- Nose-to-tail physical exams
- Dental checks
- Heartworm and parasite screening
- Nutrition and weight management
These services will help your pet stay healthy—and if they do develop any issues as they get older, your veterinarian can catch it early on.
2. Diagnostic Services
Quick and accurate diagnostic services allow your pet’s veterinary team to start a treatment regimen sooner rather than later. Basic diagnostic services are a good start. Advanced diagnostics are even better. This includes:
- Fecal exams
- Blood chemistry analysis
- Parasite screening
- Digital X-rays
- Veterinary ultrasound
It’s even better if the clinic has an onsite lab and pharmacy. With all your diagnostics and medications in one place, your pet will be able to begin a treatment plan right away.
Putting your pet under anesthesia can be a stressful experience,but if it’s done by your trusted veterinarian, you’ll know your pet is in the best hands. Many veterinary clinics offer soft-tissue surgeries such as spays, neuters, mass removals, oral surgery, and wound repair. Some also offer orthopedic surgery onsite. Make sure that your chosen veterinary clinic also does pre-anesthesic blood work and monitors each patient throughout the procedure.
Dental care is part of preventive care, but it’s important enough to warrant its own section in this blog. Over 80% of dogs aged 3 and older, and around 50 to 90% of cats aged 4 and older, live with dental disease. Without treatment, the disease can wreak havoc on your pet’s mouth—and their entire body. Look for a veterinary clinic that offers dental exams and cleanings that include X-rays, scaling, and polishing.
5. End-of-Life Care
Knowing that we’ll one day have to say goodbye is the hardest part of loving our furry family members. That’s why it’s so important to find a veterinary clinic that offers compassionate, private, and individualized end-of-life care. Making that final decision is never easy, so it is important to find a veterinary team that can give you the information and support you need during such a difficult time. Some veterinary centers also help arrange burial and cremation services to help walk you through your grieving journey.
Advanced Veterinary Care in El Dorado Hills
At MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital, we offer the five essential services—and more. Contact us to learn how we can support your cherished pet throughout all their ages and stages.