Pet preventive health care can maximize the fullness of that life both in terms of what your pet can do and for how long.
- Annual physical exams—It’s no secret that pets age faster than humans, and because of that, it’s important to bring them in for annual exams. As our pets age and health issues arise, we recommend bringing them in twice a year for examinations and care.
- Vaccinations—While dogs and cats have some of the same vaccinations like rabies and distemper, they also have different vaccination needs based on the diseases that can affect their species. It’s important to get them set up on a vaccination schedule at an early age.
- Pet dental care—According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. Just like humans, it’s important for our pets to have their dental health monitored and maintained.
- Annual parasite screenings and prevention—We recommend that pets are checked for intestinal worms and dogs are tested for heartworm. Both dogs and cats need to be on heartworm prevention year-round.
- Flea and tick prevention—Ridding a pet and home from fleas can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars and can be nearly impossible to get rid of as flea eggs can survive for a very long time. Ticks can carry a number of different diseases that affect dogs and cats, can be very damaging to a pet’s health, and can be very costly to treat. Prevention is key!
- Annual blood work—Basic blood work is done annually to help us diagnose health problems in the early stage when treatments are much more effective.
- Spaying/neutering—Spaying or neutering your pet will not only prevent unwanted litters but will also prevent more serious pet health issues as they age.
- Senior pet care—As our pets age, we recommend semi-annual physical exams to assure we remain tuned-in to any changes in health and so that we can detect any early warning signs before they have a chance to become bigger issues.
The Lanoka Oaks Veterinary Center team is here to help.