Preventative Care

Preventative Care

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s especially true in veterinary care where our patients can’t tell us when they aren’t feeling well. Without wellness exams, preventative care, and routine checkups, most pets’ health problems go undetected until they’ve had plenty of time to progress far enough to cause noticeable symptoms. At that point, a cat or dog will suffer from symptoms and treatment is more challenging (not to mention, it’s usually more costly).
For these reasons, our veterinarian at South Meadow Animal Clinic emphasizes the importance of routine wellness and preventative care for pets. With regular care, we can prevent many diseases from occurring in the first place and, for those we aren’t able to avoid completely, we’re able to detect them early and begin treatment right away.

Wellness and Preventative Pet Care Services in Fort Worth

Wellness Exams

A wellness exam allows our veterinarian to establish a baseline of your pet’s health and detect early signs of disease. We’ll perform a thorough whiskers-to-tail physical examination and record your pet’s weight, appearance, behavior, and vital signs.

Routine Health Screening

Our veterinarian might recommend a routine health screening for your pet. With simple diagnostic testing, we can detect the earliest signs of disease. Our recommendation depends on your pet’s species, breed, age, medical history, and current condition.


Vaccination is one of the safest, easiest, and most effective ways to protect your pet and family from dangerous, highly contagious diseases. We offer several core and non-core vaccines and can help you determine the best regimen based on your pet’s environment and exposure risk.

Parasite Prevention

Additionally, we can recommend the best parasite preventative for your pet based on your pet’s species, size, exposure, and the other animals living in your household.

Nutritional Counseling

Your pet’s preventative care appointment is the perfect opportunity to talk with our veterinarian about your pet’s diet and nutritional needs.

House Call Appointments

If you’re unable to bring your pet to our clinic for a checkup and vaccinations, we welcome you to schedule a housecall appointment for your pet. Our veterinarian will bring the clinic to you!

When to Schedule Your Pet's Next Wellness Exam and Preventative Care Appointment

For healthy adult cats and dogs, we recommend visiting the veterinary clinic once a year for a checkup and vaccine boosters. Puppies, kittens, senior pets, and pets living with chronic health conditions might need to visit more often for more frequent exams, medication adjustments, and vaccine boosters.
To find out whether your pet’s due for an annual preventative care appointment or to schedule a wellness exam in Fort Worth, we welcome you to contact South Meadow Animal Clinic.