You will always hear the veterinary staff talk about preventative care during your healthy visit. These recommendations are the most current recommendations backed by scientific studies conducted by experts in the veterinary field and are put in place to help our pets live long and healthy lives with us.
Preventative products such as heartworm, flea and tick preventions all protect pets not only from pesky and often deadly parasites, but also against the diseases that these parasites carry. Fleas carry diseases like Hemobartonella, other parasites like the tapeworm, and can cause systemic problems like anemia or allergies. Most commonly ticks carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease. But did you know that they also carry a bacteria called Erlichia that infects the body’s white blood cells or sometimes cause skin infections at the bite site? Adult heartworms cause damage to the heart and lungs, weight loss, exercise intolerance, and death. Not to mention that the treatment to kill the heartworms is quite expensive and difficult on the dog during the long process.
Intestinal parasite coverage is included in many heartworm preventative products. For a review on why intestinal parasite coverage and dewormings are important, please see our previous blog post <a title="Intestinal Parasites" href="http://www web based project management tool.vmcfortmill.com/whats-all-the-stink-about-a-fecal-exam”>here.
Vaccinations are very important to prevent contagious and often deadly diseases. For a review over each disease, symptoms, and treatments, please see our previous blog post here.
Lastly, veterinarians often recommend a dental prophylaxis or cleaning, a procedure that the pet must undergo general anesthesia to have his/her teeth cleaned on an annual basis. A regular dental cleaning and routine dental x-rays are important to keep not only the teeth healthy, but also the pet. A buildup of tartar is a buildup of bacteria which can enter the bloodstream and affect organs causing illness. Gingivitis and abscesses are very common conditions that are prevented with regular cleanings. Brushing a pet’s teeth daily using a vet approved toothbrush and pet toothpaste will definitely help keep tartar from building up saving time the pet is under anesthesia as well as saving money.
Prevention is key to ensuring a pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life. They are a part of the family, after all.