If only our pets could live forever. Fortunately, with proactive preventative care, many diseases and health conditions can be avoided or have their effects eased. Read on to learn how simple steps can give your furry friend the best shot at a long, happy life.
What is Preventative Care?
Preventative care reduces the risk of becoming sick through proactive treatment. It helps provide pets with better lives through early diagnosis. Some precautionary measures can be done at home, while others conducted in our office.
In the simplest of terms, preventative care emphasizes taking steps to maintain your pet’s wellness and quality of life.
The ABCs of your Pet’s Preventative Care
A - Annual Wellness Exams & Vaccinations
Regular checkups are one of the best ways to give your pet the opportunity for a long life. Annual exams allow us to assess their health and administer vaccinations that will protect your pet from inside out.
During an exam, we will check for underlying illnesses that might not be obvious. We’ll examine your pet’s heart, lungs, eyes, ears, and mouth, and body. We also use tests to check your pet’s blood and feces for parasites or health concerns.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we can also administer vaccines to prevent some of the most threatening illnesses such as:
- Feline Leukemia Virus
- Feline Immunodeficiency
- Feline herpesvirus
B - Be On Board with Parasite Prevention
Parasites aren’t just disgusting. They also can steal your pet’s health and happiness.
Fleas can cause dogs, cats, and other pets great distress. They relentlessly bite and can consume enough of your pet’s blood to cause anemia. Pets with flea allergies experience even more discomfort.
Ticks can carry a wide array of disease and they rob your pet of their blood.
Heartworms are one of the most deadly internal parasites a pet can experience. They grow and multiply in your pet’s bloodstream, and when left untreated can cause heart failure.
Internal parasites include tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. These nasty worms can lead to malnutrition by sapping your pet’s energy and causing vomiting and diarrhea.
Prevent parasites with easy-to-administer medications. We’re happy to discuss, recommend, and prescribe treatment options to protect your pet.
C - Care for Your Pet’s Oral Health
Your pet’s mouth matters. Regular cleanings, dental exams, and extractions can extend your pet’s life by 3 to 5 years. Undiagnosed dental issues may lead to chronic pain and trouble eating.
Don’t wait for your pet’s teeth to become a problem. As many as 70-80% of cats and dogs show signs of gum disease before the age of 3. Schedule an appointment for your pet’s dental checkup and provide your pet with plenty of healthy chewing options like dental treats and toys.
D- Do Your Research on Diet and Nutrition
Pet obesity is a growing problem. Carrying extra weight can lead to an increased risk for diseases like diabetes and heart disease. It can cause other health problems like arthritis, depression, and joint aches.
Dogs and cats need a wide range of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, and there is no one-size-fits-all diet for pets. Read your pet’s food labels and feed them high-quality chow.
If your pet’s a bit of a porker, we can holistically assess their condition and recommend a diet for safe weight loss. Are you noticing scratching, itching, and hot spots? We’ll help you get the bottom of your pet’s dietary allergies and food intolerances.
E - Engage in Mental Stimulation
Your dog thinks the world of you, but what happens when thinking becomes more difficult? Our pets seem to fade and become more distant as they age. Keeping your pet’s brain stimulated can reduce the psychological side effects of aging, and can reduce anxiety and depression in pets. Buy or DIY puzzle toys for your pooch, or use a feeding system designed to make your cat work for their dinner.
F - “Fix” Your Pet
Studies show dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered live longer. On average, a dog that’s altered lives six months to two years longer, and cats live between 39 and 62% longer than those that stay intact.
G - Get Your Appointment to See Us!
Our pets mean the world to us, and as their protectors, we’re responsible for their wellbeing. There’s no better time than to make an appointment for your pet’s annual exam or to finally address that issue you’ve been wondering about.
We’re here for you and your pet. Help your pet live their best life with preventative care.
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