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Preventive Care.

Preventive Care

The best for your pet.

Preventive Care.

Your pet is our top priority at St. John's Affordable Animal Hospital. Regardless of your budget, the health and well-being of your furry companion is our priority. At St. John's, we have made it even easier for your pet to stay happy and healthy by putting preventive care in the spotlight. Generally, preventive care services cost far less than waiting for an obvious and noticeable problem with your pet. Early detection of abnormalities often makes treating the issue cost much less financially for you and involves little stress for your pet.

You'll also stress less over vet bills due to St. John's many wellness plans that cover your pet's yearly preventive care and allow for affordable monthly payments instead of one large vet bill for the year. You will also receive discounts on grooming services. Call us or stop by the office to discuss all the fantastic and affordable preventive care our wellness plans can provide you and your pet.

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Protect your pet from everything might be impossible, but many common conditions can be avoided or quickly resolved with regular vet visits.

Pneumonia, seizures, chronic diarrhea, joint inflammation, kidney and liver diseases, urinary tract and respiratory infections, and a wide range of other debilitating or life-threatening conditions can be managed and sometimes avoided altogether with preventive services available at St. John's AHH.

Some of these services include:

Grinding and clipping nails

Fast nail trimming for pets that do not tolerate it.

Anal sac expression

When expressed properly, this can prevent anal glands from becoming impacted, infected, and/or even ruptured. Dogs can also develop masses within the gland, so routine rectal palpation is important for early detection.

Ear cleaning

Removes dirt, debris, and wax build-up; helps to prevent infections and check for other problems (such as polyps) within the ear canal.


Helps your pet’s immune system recognize diseases, fight off harmful invaders, and reduce the severity of illnesses (such as canine parvovirus and feline distemper)


Electronic identification helps to reunite your pet with you, should they ever unexpectedly get lost. Collars may break. Tags can be damaged or fall off. But, once registered, the microchip is a reliable way to trace your pet back to you. So you can have a joyous reunion!


Beyond being responsible for “population control,” pets that aren't spayed or neutered are at increased risk of developing serious medical conditions such as:

  • Mammary gland cancers: These can grow quite large to the point of rupture (opening), causing bleeding, infection, and pain. Mammary gland cancers can grow large enough to the point they ultimately become untreatable
  • Pyometra: This is an infection of the uterus that affects female pets. Which can lead to septic shock and even death if left untreated.
  • Prostate enlargement: This affects male pets and can cause severe pain and lead to compression of the urethra, causing a medical emergency in which your pet cannot urinate.
Annual Wellness Exams

A crucial part of annual “wellness” exams, routine blood work allows us to monitor your pet's “normal” blood work values and screen for potential abnormalities. It also helps us detect diseases early, such as diabetes, liver, kidney, or autoimmune diseases. Early detection of these abnormalities can be vital and much less expensive to treat if caught early.

Parasite testing

Fleas and ticks, roundworms and hookworms, and a range of other parasites can carry serious diseases, some of which can infect people too! These parasites are easily preventable and treatable. However, if left unchecked, they can cause all sorts of health problems, including anemia, weight loss, and nutrition deficiencies.

Routine dental cleaning

Regularly scaling and polishing your pet's teeth and gums ensures they are healthy for comfortable chewing. In addition, scheduling routine dental cleanings for your pet can help with the early identification of tooth root abscesses and other problems before they also wreak havoc on overall health. As with humans, gum disease is associated with kidney, liver, and heart conditions.

Heartworm Testing

In Florida, there are mosquitoes all year round. Not only can mosquitoes carry infectious organisms to people, but they can also carry infectious parasites, specifically heartworms, to our dogs and cats. Heartworm prevention is inexpensive and easy to administer; however, heartworms are extremely painful and expensive to treat. Ask us about Pro Heart, an injection that eliminates the need for monthly oral heartworm medication and keeps your dog or cat protected from heartworms for six months!


Services such as bathing and haircuts go a long way for your furry friend! Grooming helps prevent hair mats, decreases the amount of shedding, and can also help find underlying issues hidden by their coat! Things like skin infections or allergies are much easier to notice when your pet is routinely groomed. It also makes your furry friend's appearance the best it can be!

There are numerous ways to protect your furry friends in partnership with St. John's Affordable Animal Hospital. To schedule your pet's appointment at St. John's, call (904) 230-9099.