Why should you and your pet come in to have an exam once a year, even if your pet seems healthy and is current on vaccinations? Good question and we have the answer!
Dogs and cats have shorter life spans than humans, thus aging more quickly. Once mature, one year of human life averages about four years for pets. It is crucial that your pet receives a yearly exam, even if they seem to be healthy. Exams are essential to pick up even small changes before they become a crisis for your pet; not only for the economic savings in treating a disease early, but in giving your pet the best quality of life.
It is important that we make sure that your pet is on proper medications, like heartworm preventive. Your pet needs to be tested once a year for heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is so prevalent in this area and infection needs to be caught early. Your pet needs to be checked annually for parasites that live in the intestinal tract. These parasites can be infective to you, your children, and other pets.
Dental disease is found frequently and can easily be managed if found early. Found later, advanced periodontal disease is severely painful and treatment can be expensive.
Blood profiles on your aging pet may show any changes that occur subclinical. If any slight abnormalities are found, management of these changes is quick and less expensive.
Again, regular exams are extremely important for your pet. Exams are an opportunity to develop a picture of your pet’s overall health. They give information that is invaluable when diagnosing and treating your pet. Exams are also an excellent time to ask your veterinarian questions that concern your pet’s health. We strongly encourage you to ask questions and take an active role in your pet’s health care.