Preventive care is the cornerstone of your pet's health
What is preventive care?
Preventive care is the practice of identifying disease EARLY in a pet's life.
Preventive care medicine has 5 goals for your pet:
Why is preventive care important?
Pets age approximately 5 to 7 times faster than humans do.
Disease is often insidious and can become well advanced before obvious signs in our pets.
To add to that, pets are instinctually hard-wired to hide signs of disease, resulting in late diagnosis where treatment is costly and less likely to be effective.
Preventive testing is critical in identifying disease early, to allow successful management and in some cases, cure.
What to expect during your pet's annual health appointment:
- A full history on your pet's day to day health, including travel history and exercise
- A complete nose to tail physical examination, including a dental examination and body condition assessment
- Discussion on parasite protection (for your pet and also for family members, since some of these parasites can be transmitted to people)
- Preventive screening recommendation - we recommend that all pet's (healthy or otherwise) are screened for common diseases (including infectious diseases). We recommend you bring a fresh urine and fecal sample to every annual health appointment.