Why Do We Focus On Preventative Care?

One of the missions of Family Pet hospital is prevention and early detection of breed-specific and age-related diseases before they start hurting your four-legged companion.

Vaccines

Dogs and cats are at risk of exposure to various infectious diseases, some of which are life threatening. Others such as rabies also pose a public health risk. Vaccination to prevent common infectious diseases supports the first goal of medicine: disease prevention. Prevention of infectious disease is more beneficial to your pet than treating the disease once it occurs. Preventive vaccination is one of the most reliable and cost effective methods of health care available to a pet owner. SavingPlans® are designed to offer affordable care in the most crucial stages of life.

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Dental Care

Does your furry friend have bad breath? Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth and a sign of a major problem. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The mouth is considered the gateway of the body. Bad teeth with full of bacterial colonies not only cause dental diseases (tartar, gingivitis, periodontal diseases), but also affect internal organ systems, especially the kidneys and heart. As a champion of preventative care, we want your pet to stay free of any dental or other diseases. We strongly recommend regular Home Dental Care and at least once a year Professional Teeth Cleaning. Our SavingPlans® are great way to help you keep your pet’s teeth in good condition at low affordable monthly payments.

Biannual Comprehensive Well Pet Exam

Your pet can benefit greatly from regular well pet examinations twice a year. Whether your pet is a youngster, a “senior citizen,” or any age in between, wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination. We’ll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Often time, information obtained during a wellness examination helps detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.

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Preventative Diagnostic Testing

Even if your cat or dog seems healthy on the outside, an underlying problem may be lurking on the inside. For early detection of such diseases, your Veterinarian may want to perform some tests like intestinal parasite screen, complete blood cell counts, internal organ function screen and urine tests. To declare your pet free of some deadly diseases you veterinarian may recommend some tests such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) for your cats; and Heartworm test, Lyme test and other tick-borne disease tests for your dogs. Early detection means early intervention- more options in prevention, and treating your pet, hence happy, healthy and longer living pets.

Heartworm Disease Prevention

Heartworm is a condition in dogs caused by a certain type of parasites transmitted to your pet through mosquitoes. Heartworm is a very dangerous disease. It can kill your dog if you don’t do something about it. Good news- this disease is completely preventable. Year round Heartworm prevention is strongly recommended to better control this deadly disease. We have several options for prevention: monthly oral chewtabs or 6 monthly injectable.

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Flea and Tick Control

Both fleas and ticks are very abundant, have irritating bites, and can transmit diseases. Fleas are a terrible nuisance to pets and humans alike. Fleas reproduce quickly, are difficult to control, and can cause flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworm infestation, or even anemia in pets. Since it is virtually impossible to avoid fleas, both those who own pets and those who don’t should be aware of these diseases and their symptoms. Ticks can also transmit Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Your veterinarian will discuss the best options to keep your pet free and clear of these dangerous pests. We recommend Veterinarian’s approved monthly products only.

Nutritional Counseling

Obesity in pets is very common and predisposes them to a variety of health issues. In order to keep your pet in the most healthy weight range, it’s important to educate all pet owners on the type of food and the frequency of meals to assessing pet’s body condition score. Biannual visits provide excellent opportunity to review your pet’s body conditions to adjust diet amount and frequency.

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Behavioral Assessment

Just as your pet needs to be physically healthy, it needs to be emotionally healthy, too. Your pet’s behavior affects every interaction you have with him or her on a daily basis. Behavior dictates everything from meal time, to exercise time, to downtime such as relaxing on the couch with other family members. When a pet has a behavior problem, the consequences are far-reaching. Behavior problems threaten the bond you have with your pet by damaging the loving relationship that should exist between you. Routine biannual exam provide opportunity to discuss any behavioral problem your pet might have been exhibiting and working with you to address behavioral issues before it becomes problematic.