“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
We all say a little extra pudge is more to love or ignore our pet’s bad breath… these might seem like minor issues but in reality, could be early indicators of serious disease. Early detection and a treatment plan personalized by your veterinarian will keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come as well as save you some money in the long run. What does that entail? Read below to better prepare for your pet’s appointment.
♥ Routine wellness examination: thorough physical exam performed by the veterinarian from head to toe. Vital signs, ears, eyes, mouth, heart, lungs, reproductive organs & skin will be examined.
♥ Vaccinations: keeping your pet current with their vaccines is an easy way to prevent disease. Please read more about what vaccines our veterinarians recommend by clicking here.
♥ Regular lab work: blood work, urinalysis and other laboratory tests are recommended especially for pets in their senior years. Our veterinarians recommend routine blood work in younger pets to establish baseline values that can be used for comparison as your pet ages.
♥ Annual Blood Parasite/Heartworm Test: to be sure your pet is fully protected and the heartworm medication is working. Our blood parasite test also screens for Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, & Ehrlichiosis – diseases that are transmitted by ticks.
♥ Proper diet for optimum weight control: obesity occurs in nearly 80% of our adult patients, which can shorten your pet’s life by 2-3 years. Our veterinarians can recommend the best wellness or prescription diet for your pet.
♥ Good oral hygiene: similar to obesity, poor oral hygiene can affect the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys of your pet, shortening their lifespan dramatically. The veterinarian will inspect your pet’s gums, teeth, tongue and palate for tartar buildup, dental abnormalities, loose teeth, tumors, infections and anything else abnormal. Does your pet have bad breath? Regular at home and professional teeth cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss.
♥ Spaying or neutering: reduces serious health problems including uterine, mammary (breast) or testicular cancer. This simple surgery reduces your pet’s urge to roam and also reduces the tendency of male cats to mark their territory with urine. By spaying or neutering your pet you are joining forces with us to reduce pet overpopulation.
♥ Microchipping: dramatically increases the chance of finding your lost pet. It is an integrated circuit, about the size of a grain of rice, which is placed underneath your pet’s skin by injection. Each microchip has a unique numbering sequence that can be scanned and traced back to our hospital. Your contact information, name and description of your pet, our hospital contact information and an alternate emergency contact is kept on file in a national database.
♥ Heartworm, flea & intestinal parasite control: pests are good at hiding in your pet’s fur and in the environment. Take measures now to prevent an infection or infestation – excessive scratching and grooming is not normal grooming behavior. Purchase flea and heartworm preventatives from your veterinarian and use as directed. Visit our FAQs page to read more about the importance of these medications.
♥ Take notes & bring a list: any unusual behaviors your pet may be having are important to discuss with our veterinarians.