Historically, veterinary medicine has been targeted at treating the sick and helping the injured. While that is a noble calling, we are learning more and more that we can do better. Today, preventative medicine has become the cornerstone of good veterinary care. Learn what Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital knows about why pet wellness really matters.
What is Pet Wellness?
Treating a problem once it is already a problem is certainly a means to an end. We now know, however, that through good preventative care we can eliminate many of these problems before they are an issue. We also know that a good pet wellness program can help detect potential issues long before they are troublesome, giving us the upper hand in dealing with them.
Providing pet wellness care is key. Routine physical examinations and pre-emptive testing are a huge part in preventing and detecting potential problems. When we provide these things for our pets, many animals live longer and more fulfilling lives.
How You Can Make a Difference
Every pet deserves a good wellness care plan. Your pet’s wellness program should be multifaceted and include:
Social interaction/stimulation – Enriching your pet’s environment is very important for happiness and health.
Physical exercise – We all need to move, and your pet is no different. A good exercise program can help to maintain a healthy weight and decrease boredom.
Weight management – Pet obesity is a major problem in this country. An overweight pet is at increased risk for many cancers, arthritis, heart disease, and other issues.
Good nutrition – You are what you eat. Good nutritional habits help pet maintain a healthy weight and build a healthy body.
Routine physical examinations – Because animals age at a much faster rate than humans, frequent wellness visits are very important. These provide the opportunity for us to perform a thorough, nose to tail examination, becoming more familiar with what is normal for your pet. They also provide an excellent opportunity for us to discuss recommendations and address any concerns you may have.
A parasite prevention program – Protecting your pet against fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites is a big part of pet wellness. Regular parasite screening tests and the administration of recommended preventatives is important. Some pet parasites are contagious to people, making this part of your preventative care plan important to keeping your entire family healthy.
A vaccination program – Preventing serious diseases is often much more effective than trying to cure them. Luckily we have many safe, effective vaccines that can help keep your pet healthy. Every pet in our practice is a unique individual, and we can help you to decide which vaccines are important for him or her to receive.
Reproductive management – Spaying or neutering your pet not only helps to prevent an unwanted litter, but also helps to keep your pet healthier. Spayed or neutered pets are less likely to develop certain mammary and testicular cancers and have lower incidences of other serious problems like pyometra (a life threatening infection of the uterus) and enlarged prostate. Spayed and neutered pets are more likely to stay close to home as well, decreasing their chances of being lost or injured.
Routine dental care – Many pets suffer from dental disease. Besides being painful, the infection associated with dental disease can affect other organs such as the heart and kidneys, resulting in decreased lifespan. Let us help you develop a home dental care program for your pet and follow our recommendations for preventative cleanings.
Screening lab work as recommended – Just because a pet appears outwardly healthy doesn’t mean that there isn’t an issue. Routine testing, such as fecal examinations, blood panels, and urine screens can help us to establish a baseline for your pet and catch on to problems earlier.
We would much rather see you and your pets when they are healthy than only when they become sick. Pet wellness is the way of the future, and we are all for happy, healthy animals in our hospital. Schedule an appointment today so that we can help you get started down the right path with your pets.