PREVENTIVE CARE - A WAY OF LIFE
You are concerned because your pet has recently
become (insert symptom of your choice here.) You
call your veterinarian and schedule an appointment.
familiar? This is the typical scenario for millions
of pet owners across the nation. While unplanned
visits to the veterinarian cannot be eliminated all
together, they can be kept to a minimum.
How? With Preventive Care. Our Preventive Care
program is comprehensive and designed to evaluate
the present overall wellness of your pet as well as
catch diseases before your pet feels sick.
On average, pets age 7 years for each 1 human year,
therefore change resulting in serious conditions
can occur quickly. With this in mind, we recommend
a planned, annual Preventive Care visit.The
Preventive Care Exam:
- First, our veterinarian will collect a
history of your pet and talk with you about his
or her lifestyle, medical conditions, and prior
- Next, our veterinarian will perform a
comprehensive preventive care examination
including eyes, ears, teeth, gums, heart, lungs,
musculoskeletal system, external urogenital
system, nervous system, abdomen and digestive
tract, coat, skin, and lymph nodes. You will
receive a print out of this report.
- During the exam you’ll have the chance to ask
any questions you may have about your pet’s
health. You can ask about the aging process,
dental health, breed predispositions, behavioral
issues, diet, exercise, and any other concerns
you might have. We know your pet is a valuable
member of your family, and we encourage you to
take advantage of this opportunity to quiz the
- Finally, you and your veterinarian will
customize your pet’s future deworming and
vaccination schedule. Most booster vaccines no
longer need to be given annually. Depending upon
your pet’s lifestyle and medical history, some
boosters will be given annually, some every other
year, and some every third year.
Preventive Care Blood Work and
A cornerstone of Preventive Care is laboratory
tests. Having blood work and urinalysis done on
your pet can determine if there is anything serious
going on even if your pet is not presenting
symptoms clinically. Blood Work and Urinalysis are
recommended for senior (8 years and older) pets.
Many so-called "old age" diseases such as
kidney failure or liver disease may not be apparent
until they are in the final stages. Blood and urine
tests are the only way to catch these conditions
early. Baseline laboratory tests include:
- Full Blood Screen - Checking for liver and
kidney function, as well as diabetes and
- Urinalysis - check for certain kidney
functions, diabetes, and infection
- Complete Blood Count - Check for anemia and
- Thyroid Screening - Check for common hormonal
Preventive Dental Care
dental care can add 5 years to your pet’s life.
Tartar and gum disease produces more than just
"bad breath," they can also lead to
disease of the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.
Studies show that by age 3, 80 percent of dogs
exhibit signs of gum disease. Small dog breeds are
more likely than large breeds to develop
periodontal disease. According to studies, about 70
percent of cats have signs of gum disease by age 3.
Your annual Preventive Care Exam will disclose if
your pet needs a Dental Prophylaxis (dental
cleaning). Routine dental prophylaxis usually
consists of scaling, polishing, and fluoride
treatment, but may also include tooth extractions
and antibiotic therapy depending upon the extent of
the dental disease.
The Cost of Preventive Care
In terms of quality and length of life issues,
Preventive Care is priceless. In terms of cold hard
cash, Preventive Care is more cost effective than
crisis care. The monetary cost of prevention is
much less than the cost of treating conditions once
they present clinically.