The word “wellness” has become ubiquitous in animal health care, but what does it really mean? For one thing, the concept focuses on whole-body care and on the prevention of diseases — the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In veterinary medicine, this means regular examinations and preventive treatments, such as vaccinations, that your pet needs to stay healthy. It also means paying attention to your pet’s dental health, such as providing teeth cleanings to avoid problems down the line. But it also means learning to pay attention to your pet’s behavior, noticing if something seems “off” and contacting your veterinarian immediately if you have concerns. Drs. Amy Stone and Wendy Mandese, both primary care and dentistry veterinarians, will discuss what wellness means in today’s veterinary medicine, and what all pet owners should know.