Preventive & Wellness Care

Preventive & Wellness Care

Preventive & Wellness Care

Like you, we want your pet to live the longest, healthiest life possible. That starts with the basics: quality food, enough exercise, good grooming, and regular check-ups.

Annual exams are your pet’s first line of defense. PGA Animal Clinic’s comprehensive annual exams involve checking their overall health by taking their temperature, examining their skin and coat, lung and cardiac function, internal health, oral hygiene, eyes, ears, and demeanor. And since we know how important regular exams are, we’ll make sure that your pet’s visit is as calm, positive, and stress-free as possible—we want them to like coming to the vet!

Vaccinations: Keeping your pet up to date on immunizations and booster shots is a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases like distemper and rabies. Beyond those core vaccines, your pet’s age, lifestyle, and likely exposure to certain diseases will be evaluated before we recommend additional vaccinations.

Dental Care: Imagine what your teeth would be like if you never cleaned them. The same thing happens to your pet’s teeth without good oral care. We recommend annual dental cleanings and can show you tips for brushing your pet’s teeth, which can reduce the need for expensive extractions and more serious dental work down the line.

Parasite Control: Fleas, ticks, worms – preventing them in the first place is easier, much safer, and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for internal parasites regularly, and we offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.

Proper Nutrition: There’s so much confusion about what to feed dogs. Grain-free kibble? Home-cooked meals? Raw food diet? While many boutique brands and pet food stores may have good intentions (and enticing marketing campaigns), we have the experience, education, and science-backed data you need to choose the best food for your pet. Proper nutrition is so important to your pet’s good health, and we can help you figure out what is best for your pet and your lifestyle.

Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, and swiftly addressing these shifts can help to identify and treat the root cause. It’s common for behavioral issues to stem from several sources, so sometimes, a multi-modal approach is needed. We actively partner with dog trainers and local board-certified veterinarians to fully address and manage all aspects of behavioral care. 

Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Proper skin and hair care can prevent things like mange, matting, bacterial infections, and more. Like us, many pets in Florida suffer from allergies—but unlike us, their allergy symptoms usually take the form of skin issues like itching, redness, and scabs. We can tailor an allergy and skin care plan that will keep your pet’s coat in great shape from nose to tail.

Exercise: Regular workouts support musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in dogs and cats of all ages! And like humans, regular exercise and enrichment activities improve their overall mental well-being. Florida springs and summers get very hot and humid, so we can discuss a custom exercise and enrichment plan for your pet to reduce their risk of a heat stroke during the hottest parts of the year.

Senior Animals: At PGA Animal Clinic, we love frosty faces! We also know that preventative care is even more important for them. Our pets age much more rapidly than humans, so diseases and illnesses progress faster as well. We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for seniors to help improve the quality of their lives and give them the healthiest years possible.