We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. Maintaining your pet's health through routine care has proven beneficial for both pets and owners, which is why our veterinarians recommend a preventative care exam or check-up annually. A preventative care examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet's major organ systems. We'll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your pet's behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
A preventative care examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We strive to help you understand your pet's health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet's health care.
Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure to disease. Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet's life, as travel habits and other variables change. We will consider all these factors as we determine which vaccines your pet should have.
We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation. Our doctors and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy. Let us develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that accounts for your pet's lifestyle, overall health, risk for exposure to infectious disease, and other factors.
Smith Veterinary Hospital
600 Alta Vista St. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Monday-Friday: Clinic Hours | 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Urgent Care | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Saturday: Clinic Hours | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Urgent Care | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sunday: Urgent Care Only | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM