It’s much easier and more cost-effective to prevent the infestations and infections that pests cause, rather than treat them after they’ve taken hold. Have your pet take seasonal or year-round medications to ward off fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and parasitic worms. If you need help getting set up with these preventative medications, make an appointment to see your veterinarian.
All pets should receive core vaccinations when they’re young; these shots help protect against dangerous and contagious diseases like parvovirus, parainfluenza, hepatitis, calicivirus, distemper, and rabies. If your pet still needs these essential vaccines, or if you aren’t sure whether or not your animal companion has received them, check with your vet. We’re here to help!
Diet and Exercise
Feeding a great diet and having your pet exercise regularly are two great preventative healthcare methods you can practice at home. Don’t feed your pet a “budget” pet food with a lot of filler material; choose a premium, age-appropriate diet instead. A nutritious diet combined with daily exercise—walks through the neighborhood, jogging around the dog park, or simply playing with a toy at home—is a recipe for your pet’s good health down the road! If you’d like a recommendation on the right pet food for your four-legged friend, call the office today.
Spay and Neuter
Did you know that spaying or neutering your pet is one of the best preventative healthcare techniques out there? Not only does spaying and neutering prevent unplanned litters, it eliminates the risk of genital cancer and greatly reduces the chance of breast and prostate cancers. Even urinary tract infections and other common health issues are less likely to be diagnosed in pets who have been spayed or neutered.
Of course, veterinary appointments themselves are a key part of good preventative healthcare. When your veterinarian examines your pet on a regular basis, he or she can evaluate their overall health and give you tips moving forward. In addition, any health concerns can be caught and treated early, resulting in a better prognosis overall.
From all of us here at your Floyds Knob, IN animal hospital: Happy New Year! Call us for all of your pet-care needs.