Preventative care is something that your veterinarian will speak to you about as soon as you register your new pet with our practice. It is a common misconception that visiting your vet is something that you only need to do if your pet seems to be sick or injured. In actual fact, consulting with your vet on a fairly regular schedule could actually prevent your pet from being unwell in the first place. Alternatively, if a health problem has already developed, your vet is better placed to make an early diagnosis and arrange for prompt treatment, improving the likely outcome for your furry, feathered or scaled pet. This is because veterinarians like us can offer an important service known as preventative pet care.
Preventative pet care is the name given to a variety of different examinations, assessments, therapies, and treatments that are performed with the intention of helping to protect your pet from the many potential illnesses and diseases that threaten her health.
Unfortunately, our animals are as pre-disposed to becoming sick as we are and there are many different health problems that they can develop. By monitoring certain aspects of her health on a regular basis, our veterinarians can spot any unfavorable patterns and developing health issues so that an urgent diagnosis and treatment can be provided. This will help to reduce the effect that the condition has on your pet and improve the likelihood that she will make a full recovery and go on to live a long, healthy and active life.
Preventative pet care usually involves a variety of different elements. Which are needed to protect your pet will depend on her species, breed and often her age. Typical services that you can expect to be included in preventative pet care are:
Vaccinations. Vaccinations have saved the lives of countless humans and animals worldwide. They work by masquerading as an infectious illness so that your body knows how to fight it. Vaccinations are used to protect pets from the deadliest infectious diseases and must be delivered on a strict schedule determined by your vet.
Parasite control. Parasites live on or inside your pet’s body, using her blood to survive. While large parasite infections can cause blood loss (anemia), there are also other concerns including allergic reactions to their bites and the many diseases that they carry. For example, ticks can transmit a range of serious infectious diseases such as Lyme Disease. Our vets can advise you which preventatives your pet should be given and how often they need to be administered.
Regular wellness checks
These are just like general check-ups with your own GP and look at a variety of factors including:
Your pet’s weight
Her body temperature, breathing rate, heart rate, and oxygen levels
The size and positioning of her internal organs
The condition of her coat
Her eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and teeth
We may also request blood tests, urinalysis, and fecal testing to gain a better insight into the overall health and wellbeing of your pet.
Unfortunately, some owners think that pet wellness appointments and preventative treatments are an unnecessary waste of time and money. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Preventative pet care is important for a number of different reasons, with a few of the most critical including the following:
Aside from language being the most obvious communication barrier between animals and humans, there is a further hurdle – your pet will try and mask any signs of illness. This is instinctive behavior designed to ensure that she doesn’t look weak or vulnerable, even if there isn’t any present threat. However, this can make it exceptionally tricky to spot symptoms of illness and often, by the time you realize your pet is sick, significant damage to her health has already occurred. By attending regular preventative care appointments and ensuring that your pet gets the necessary protection, you can keep your adored animal safe from many problems that could threaten her health and wellbeing.
In human illness, the further a disease or illness has progressed, the harder it can be to treat. The same can be said for your pet. The later a health problem is diagnosed, the greater your pet’s treatment requirements may be. This may mean more extensive and invasive treatments, more expensive veterinary bills and irreversible damage to her health. These are in addition to the unpleasant and debilitating symptoms that she may also be suffering when she is sick. Proper preventative care can protect her from many health issues and early diagnosis is key to simple and successful treatment.
No compassionate pet owner wants to see their animal suffering. Unfortunately, many preventable health problems can cause painful and debilitating symptoms that you could potentially avoid by opting into a robust preventative pet care plan with our veterinary team.
If you would like more information about the importance of preventative pet care, or if you would like to schedule a preventative care appointment for your precious pet, please get in touch with Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic Inc. in Roselle, NJ today by calling (908) 245-7853.