Preventative Veterinary Care
The old saying "one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly holds true when it comes to veterinary care for our pets. The cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of treating a problem once it has become more advanced. Our early diagnosis and treatment of developing problems or diseases increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.
Preventive veterinary care involves a multi-faceted approach that includes veterinary evaluation of your pet's overall health and risks of disease or other health problems. Based on this evaluation Dr. Hall will provide you with recommendations for your pet's nutrition, dental care, vaccinations and heartworm/flea/tick prevention, as well as recommendations specifically tailored to your pet's needs.
Importance of Regular Exams
Dr. Hall recommends regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them for you. if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.
Vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine deworming are important components of wellness care and can prevent diseases that are not only life-threatening, but very expensive to treat.
If you have an animal emergency, contact Dr. Hall or emergency clinic immediately. If you suspect or know that your pet has eaten or been exposed to a toxic substance or product, contact Dr. Hall, emergency veterinary clinic, or the Animal Poison Control Center (888)-426-4435 immediately.
Emergency Pet Checklist
1. Dr. Hall’s emergency phone number
2. The local emergency clinic number (941)-255-5222
3. How to get to the emergency clinic : 17289 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte
4. Poison Control hotline number (888)-426-4435
5. Learn Basic CPR for your pet
6. Stop bleeding basic pressure wrap
7. Safely muzzle your pet if needed
In addition to this checklist you should also be prepared with methods of payment for your pet's emergency care. Emergency care is often more expensive than routine care due to the intensity of diagnostics, monitoring and treatment required, and it is your responsibility as a pet owner to pay for that care.
Many clinics are unable to bill you for the services, or may require a deposit or payment in full at the time of service. Delaying emergency care to avoid emergency fees could put your pet's life at risk. Planning ahead for financial coverage of emergencies by having a separate account or credit card for emergency use only.
Most of our patients use pet insurance which saves stress and money in the long run.