Pet Wellness Care

petWellnessOcean Avenue Veterinary Hospital is your San Francisco pet hospital for outstanding pet wellness care and serves pet owners in Ingleside, Balboa Park, and throughout the SF Bay Area. From pet wellness to surgery and boarding/grooming, we offer the best veterinary medical care services possible in San Francisco.

As pet owners and talented San Francisco vets who have dedicated our lives to the care of animals, we truly understand how important animal companions are to each and every one of our clients. Your pet is a special, unique and important member of your family and will be treated as such by our doctors and staff.

San Francisco Pet Wellness Starts with Prevention

We believe that the foundation of your pet’s health is the thorough practice of preventative care that includes pet wellness exams/checkups, proper dental care—here in our San Francisco office and at home—and the application of appropriate vaccinations. Our model of care is also based on the understanding that each and every pet is unique. We will work with you to create an individualized pet care plan that reflects your pet’s breed, age, lifestyle and other relevant factors.

On-Site San Francisco Vet Treatment for Your Pet

However, even despite the most aggressive preventative pet wellness treatment, our pets may yet experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill, experience and extensive education of the doctors at Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital allow us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices in San Francisco. Our level of expertise, capabilities and resources reduces the frequency of referrals to specialists and allows our San Francisco pet hospital clients to receive care for their pets from people they know, in a comfortable and familiar setting.

Additionally, our doctors are a cohesive team with a proven record of working collaboratively to resolve complex and emergent cases. The result is a faster resolution without the need to put your pet through additional and costly tests and exams.

Pet Wellness Takes Commitment

We also strongly believe that client education and communication are vital aspects of good SF veterinary care. The work of caring for your pet does not begin and end at our San Francisco pet hospital doors. It is continuous and requires empowering you with the information you need to provide the best and most compassionate care for your beloved pet.

Please take a look through our SF location vet pet wellness services and why we think they are important. Then feel free to give us a call to set up an appointment or speak to a member of our staff.

San Francisco Veterinarian Pet Wellness Exams

petWellness2The core of any preventative medical regimen is thorough and regular pet wellness exams. These exams are very similar to those given to you and other members of your family by your physician. Your veterinarian wants to check the health and function of the major systems of your pet’s body as well as for weight, muscle tone, skin, and more.

A nose-to-tail pet wellness exam is the best means for your veterinarian to periodically assess your pet’s health as well as to notice any changes or detect signs of underlying illness or even injuries. They also provide a great opportunity for you to bring forth any questions or concerns you may have. Your veterinarian will also use this time to provide you with new and updated information that is specific to the type and breed of your pet.

During your San Francisco pet hospital pet’s wellness exam, your veterinarian will:

Examine your pet’s respiratory system – By listening to your pet’s lungs with a stethoscope, our San Francisco pet hospital staff is able to assess respiratory health and detect a range of pet health issues at an early stage. These include respiratory infections, obstructive diseases and other pulmonary issues.

Assess your pet’s heart – A stethoscope is also a great tool for assessing the health of your companion’s heart health. Your veterinarian can listen for murmurs and other irregular heart beat patterns that could indicate poor or failing coronary health.

Examine the teeth and oral cavity – The systemic health of your pet can be affected by poor dental health because infections can enter the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body. Dental disease is also one of the most common and preventable health issues in pets.

Check your pet’s vision and eyes – This does not involve an eye chart, but your veterinarian will check for issues related to sight and ocular health. For example, conditions such as glaucoma are relatively common in older pets and can be well treated when discovered early.

Look in the ears – Infections, ear mites, low-grade allergies and other related health issues are relatively common in companion animals. Your veterinarian can use a couple of different tools to look inside the ears to see if there are any indications of ear disease.

Palpate lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By using the hands to touch and feel for abnormalities such as bumps, lesions or hair loss, your veterinarian can detect dermatological and systemic illnesses.

Palpate joints and muscles – Arthritis and other orthopedic conditions are relatively common and if diagnosed at a later stage can be quite painful and limit your pet’s activity. Early detection will lead to treatments that can relieve pain and provide your pet with many more active years.

Lab testing – Laboratory testing allows us to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems. These tests are critical for uncovering underlying disease processes that otherwise would remain unnoticed until they cause serious symptoms in your pet.