Preventive care for pets involves performing certain treatments and processes that are designed to prevent more serious issues from occurring later. Dr. Feyerabend will discuss these options during your pet’s wellness examination and explain the benefits that are associated with them.
One of the most common types of preventive treatments for pets consists of a laboratory diagnostic. This process involves taking a sample of your pet’s blood, urine, skin, hair or stool in order to obtain a better understanding of their current health. The results can usually be obtained within a few days, and they can reveal issues that might not be immediately noticeable through a basic wellness examination. Multiple laboratory tests are available, and the type of test that is performed will depend on your pet’s age, behavior and apparent condition. These tests can be highly adept in detecting anemia, infections, cancer, diabetes, dehydration, organ function, possible parasites and more.
Another problem that pet owners often have to deal with is the presence of parasites. This can include anything from annoying fleas to life-threatening heartworms. The best way to keep your pet safe is to prevent any parasites from getting to them in the first place. This includes providing clean food and water for your pet, restricting their access to unclean environments, washing your pet with anti-flea and tick shampoos and receiving regular wellness examinations. If we discover that your dog or cat is being affected by a parasite, we will provide treatments that will help to deal with the problem to the best of our ability.
At various stages throughout your pet’s life, our experts will recommend vaccinations to prevent them from developing serious or life-threatening conditions. We will keep track of your pet’s vaccinations, and we will be sure to keep you updated on when the next one should be provided.
To prevent your pet from ever becoming lost, we highly recommend a microchip as a permanent source of identification. Your pet will only require one microchip during their lifetime, and the application is no more uncomfortable than a simple vaccination. After receiving a microchip, your pet’s chances of being properly returned to your home after becoming lost or missing are dramatically higher.
Finally, it is very important that you spay or neuter your dog or cat to prevent them from reproducing. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem today, and we strongly recommend doing your part to help to help ensure that this remains under control. Additionally, spaying or neutering your pet can improve their overall behavior, and it can prevent them from developing certain types of cancers later in life.
Preventive treatments will help to ensure that your four-legged family member enjoys a happy, healthy life. Dr. Feyerabend and his team look forward to providing top-quality service and care for you and your pet. Please call us at (913) 647-4141 to schedule an appointment.