There’s nothing quite like a happy, healthy pet greeting you at the door every day. Ensure your furry friend is always there with a cheerful smile and a warm greeting by staying up-to-date on her preventive care, and following a wellness program that will give your beloved companion the best chance at a long and healthy life. Aspire to make 2020 your pet’s healthiest year yet by scheduling an appointment for the following necessary preventive services:

#1: A thorough physical exam, to build a good foundation

While we may appear to be simply massaging your pet during her physical exam, we are actually checking for any abnormalities, such as lumps, bumps, swellings, changes in muscle mass, and skin issues. Then, once your pet is comfortable, we will move on to the instruments of our trade. We will use a stethoscope to listen for heart rhythm irregularities, heart murmurs, and crackles or wheezes in the lungs; an otoscope to peer into your pet’s hairy ears to check for irritation, infection, or polyps; and an ophthalmoscope to see cataract formation, lens changes, and the response of your pet’s pupils to light. A thorough physical exam once or twice per year builds our bond with your pet, and helps us spot any changes that may need further testing to prevent or treat problems. 

#2: Necessary vaccinations, to prevent deadly diseases

Staying current on necessary vaccinations is one of the most important ways you can keep your pet healthy. Many deadly diseases, such as rabies, distemper, leukemia, and parvovirus, are easily prevented with effective vaccines. When your pet comes in for her wellness exam, we will discuss her lifestyle and our regional diseases she may be exposed to, and develop an appropriate vaccination schedule tailored to your pet. 

#3: Parasite deworming and prevention, to keep your pet and your family safe

Parasites are pests that can easily be protected against, but are much more difficult to eradicate once your pet has developed a parasitic infection. If you’ve ever battled a flea infestation, you understand  the challenge of breaking their life cycle and banishing them from your pet and your home. Ticks, roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and heartworms are other common parasites that may feast on your pet, but a variety of easily administered parasite-prevention products are available to keep your pet safe. By routinely administering parasite preventives, you will not only protect your pet, but also your family, as many intestinal parasites can be transmitted from pets to people. 

#4: Dental care, to banish harmful oral bacteria

If your pet has gone another year without a toothbrush attacking the plaque on her teeth, it’s no wonder you can’t stand her doggy or tuna breath. Once that plaque buildup has hardened into tartar, your four-legged friend will need our help to restore her pearly whites to their former, and healthy, glory. With our professional dental cleaning, we will remove the plaque and tartar buildup that is responsible for tooth-root abscesses, bone loss, tooth decay, heart disease, and systemic infection. After we’ve scaled off the nasty tartar layer, your pet will have a clean slate to start a dental-care routine at home. We recommend daily toothbrushing, prescription dental diets, and products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.

#5: A diet and exercise plan, which is vital for good health

More than half our nation’s cats and dogs are overweight or obese. Those extra pounds can take a serious toll on your pet’s health and can cause diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and some cancers. With a proper diet and exercise plan, we can battle your pet’s bulge together and reveal a sleeker, slimmer, healthier pet. We will first determine her body condition score to see where she has room to improve. Then, after discussing her current diet and feeding habits, we will make adjustments as needed based on caloric requirements for her activity and lifestyle. We may also suggest you get your pet up and moving more, by trying puzzle feeders, rotating toys to prevent boredom, investing in interactive, robotic toys, or changing up your walking routine. 

Are you eager to start your pet off on the right paw in 2020? So are we. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for her wellness and preventive care.