Preventive Health Care for Pets


So many of us love our pets like family members, but are we always doing what’s best to care for them and prevent an illness or other problem BEFORE it happens? Thomas F. Dock from Noah’s Animal Hospitals helps us answer this question.

3Thomas says:

1) More than 60% of us here in the US have at least one pet. Between Internet rumors, advice from friends and the information you veterinarian is telling you, how can you best decide what kind of preventive care your pet needs?

2) First and foremost, keep your veterinarian up to date on your pet’s health by visiting at least once a year for a thorough physical exam. Twice a year is better! Consider that pet’s age faster than we do, they really can’t talk to tell us what exactly is wrong and they will often hide their illnesses. A routine physical exam helps your veterinarian find little issues before they become BIG problems!

3) Next, prevent serious and potentially fatal diseases. All puppies and kittens should receive a series of specific vaccines against potential deadly illnesses. These include canine distemper, canine parvovirus and rabies for dogs as well as feline distemper and rabies for cats.

24) Veterinary experts recommend re-vaccination for these “core” vaccines routinely…most veterinarians are recommending every 3 years. In some cases, local or state law might require annual rabies vaccination.

5) Other vaccinations are considered “life-style” vaccines and can be given if your pet is at risk for the diseases. Examples include Bordetella (“kennel cough”), canine flu, leptospirosis and Lyme Disease vaccines for our canine pals and feline leukemia vaccination for our feline friends.

6) Finally, don’t forget to protect your furry family members from those nasty parasites, like fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal worms. Almost all puppies and kittens are born with roundworms or hookworms and these all-too-common parasites can also infect US! That’s right, more than 10,000 people in the United States are infected with roundworms or hookworms each and every year!

7) Use a veterinarian-approved and recommend parasite product every 30 days to control intestinal parasites, stop heartworm disease and even kill fleas. Talk to your veterinarian about which products are safe, efficacious and easy to use!

8) Other routine preventive care topics might include weight management (obesity prevention), dental care (stopping dental disease), the use of microchips (keeping your pet safe and secure at home) and nutrition. We will discuss these topics and so much more on upcoming segments.

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