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Wellness Is an Attitude

Pet Wellness

Focusing on wellness in small animal veterinary care has many advantages to both pet and owner. After all, a healthy, happy pet bonds more willingly with its owner and is simply more fun to have around. But how do we help our pets achieve that positive state of vigorous health, eager engagement, and zest for life? An attitude of wellness brings all those pieces together.

Behavioral Training

Start out with your young pet, teaching appropriate boundaries, good social skills, and first-class manners. At that point you are well on your way to raising a cooperative, willing companion for friends and family alike. Well-trained pets are easy to care for medically and physically for bathing, grooming, and handling when ill or injured. They also seem to have a solid connection with their owners, sending out clear signals when they are not feeling up-to-par. Read more about training and behavioral medicine at our Puppies and Kittens page.

Diet & Exercise

Diet and exercise are important to your new pet, too. A daily intake lacking in proper nutrients, proteins, and fiber will make your pet feel uncomfortable and sluggish, resulting in a companion that is difficult and out of sorts. Many a negative attitude has been turned around with a healthy diet, fresh air, and plenty of exercise. The professionals at Morton Small Animal Clinic will guide you in developing a nutritional plan that is right for the age, breed, and personality of your pet. We will even advise you in creating an exercise and play plan that that fits your unique lifestyle!

Preventive Medicine

When it comes to preventive medicine, we offer vaccines and diagnostic blood work on a maintenance schedule designed to keep your pet from developing age-related illnesses or preventable diseases. Visit our Vaccinations page for more on this serious subject.

Puppies & Kittens

Young animals require a series of veterinary exams in our clinic, including vaccines and blood work, during that first crucial year. If you have Puppies or Kittens, we continue this discussion further in a special area of our website {link to page}. In addition to vaccines and preventive care, we recommend microchipping identification services for every new dog or cat. Even pets that donít live outdoors can escape sometimes and a lost pet is much more easily identified with this simple device. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of Microchipping at your next visit.

Adults & Seniors

For every adult animal, we recommend semi-annual veterinary exams to keep your companion vigorous and fit. This regular contact with you and your pet allows us to find many issues or problems at their earliest stages, when we are best able to treat or eliminate them. We also express anal glands and clip your pet's nails at each visit as part of our comprehensive wellness service. As your pet matures into the senior stage, we recommend more comprehensive exams that include laboratory and heart function tests. Visit our Senior Pet page for more information about caring for your long-lived friend.

Further Reading

As professionals in animal care, we know that sometimes you want the freedom to explore information at your leisure in the privacy of your own home. Therefore, we provide you with a variety of informational articles and videos in our Pet Care Library for your education and convenience.

If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.
— Pam Brown