An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
~ Ben Franklin
Preventive care is crucial to maintaining your pet's health. Not only does it provide peace of mind now, but is one of the best ways to prevent disease and expense down the road, ensuring your pet lives a long and happy life.
At James Island Veterinary Hospital, we believe that patients need personalized preventive care depending on their age and disease status, and no two patients are the same. Whole patient wellness involves good nutrition, appropriate use of vaccines, good dental health, annual physical assessments, and routine screening diagnostics.
We all know that dogs and cats are extremely stoic and will mask many diseases until they are very advanced, making them more challenging (and more costly) to treat. Simple diagnostics such as routine bloodwork and x-rays (on top of a good physical exam) can detect diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, bladder stones, and many more, BEFORE your pet becomes ill and shows you any symptoms or cause for concern. Earlier diagnosis and appropriate treatment avoids emergency room visits and unnecessary illness for your pet.