We consider our pets family, and just like our children, our dogs and cats need regular wellness exams and preventive health care. A Veterinary forming an evaluating your pet's overall health is vital to good long-term health. There are risks associated with disease or other health problems that a Veterinarian can catch before the issue becomes dire.

It is recommended that you consider your pet's nutrition, dental care, vaccinations and flea, tick and heart prevention. A Vet can access and offer recommendations specifically tailored to your furry loved one's health and risk factors.

Preventive health care

Imagine if you could put a stop to your pet’s health issues before they even started? You can by establishing a quality and routine preventive care program for your pet.

Part of a wellness visit or preventive health care plan is a health evaluation. The visit will include an inquiry about your pet's history, breed, age, lifestyle, behavior, and diet; a comprehensive physical exam; and necessary measurements like temperature, weight, pulse, and respiration rates. Collectively this information will help assess whether a pet might actually be sick rather than well.

Your Vet can provide a preventive care program that includes:

  • Comprehensive healthy pet checkups and physical exams every six months
  • Vaccinations
  • Spay / Neuter discussion
  • Routine dental care
  • Routine blood and urine testing
  • Intestinal parasite control
  • Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
  • Nutritional and behavioral counseling
  • Weight management


At a pet check-up, you should discuss these items with your Vet, especially if you have noticed a change or issue:

  • Diet,
  • Exercise,
  • Lifestyle
  • Behavior
  • Thirst,
  • Breathing,
  • Habits,
  • Bowel movements and urination, and
  • General health.

Your Vet will perform a physical examination on your dog or cat and knows your pet's prior history so they will know what recommendations to make. The vet will check your pet's teeth and gums, skin, eyes, ears, and bones thoroughly. Notify the Vet if your loved one has any lumps or bumps to examine as well.

How often?

An adult pet should be seen by a veterinarian at least annually (some cases semi-annually is better) for an assessment of their preventive care needs. Puppies and kittens will require more frequent visits, about every 3-4 weeks until they are about four months old. 


The benefits of receiving preventive health care for your animal can: 

  • Prevent a pet from becoming sick.
  • Catch diseases early.
  • Prevent the transmission of diseases and parasites.
  • Keep pets comfortable by preventing flea and tick infestations.
  • Prevent possible painful periodontal disease and teeth extractions by making sure you implement dental care and routine professional dental cleanings.
  • Delay or prevent the onset of diseases.

 Keep your pet healthy and happy by contacting your local veterinarian and set up your pet’s wellness visit. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.