Preventive medicine is important for all living things, especially your best friend, your pet(s). It turns out that animals are no different than humans regarding preventive care. Preventive care is especially important because it makes things easier in the long run. Examples of preventive care would be: vaccines, vitamins, or medicines that prevent the growth and survival of worms or parasites inside or on the pet’s body. Also, just like humans, pets can benefit from yearly blood work to see if they have any abnormalities that may be caught early on. They recommend yearly evaluations to check the animal’s coat, skin, eyes, teeth, ears and anything out of the ordinary.

The preventive maintenance starts with vaccination, which is key for many reasons. When you get a baby animal (of any kind) you really don’t know what it has been exposed to, for all you know it could already have some hidden issues. The veterinarian can find and treat all existing issues, vaccinate, and give the animal medicine to prevent future issues. The vaccination is also important because it can protect your pet against other pets that may be carrying something because they aren’t vaccinated. Vaccination is crucial to the longevity of your pet!

The medication available to pets now to fight future issues is truly amazing. Most veterinarians will recommend that you give cats and dogs heart worm medication as well as medication to monitor the survival and breeding of fleas and ticks. This is such a small thing to do that can prevent big problems in the future. Obviously, any pet going outside is going to be exposed to fleas and ticks, and not only do these parasites carry diseases but they are not wanted in anyone’s home. There are monthly applicators that you apply to the nape of your pet’s neck and this issue becomes a problem of the past. The scariest of the parasites that commonly affect our household pets are the heartworms. Heartworms have a very interesting life cycle; however, they enter your pet through a mosquito bite and can live several years. If it remains untreated your pet may seem lazy, have labored breathing, and could even die if important organs are blocked. In this case, only surgical removal can help. This sounds like a very stressful and expensive situation. Having a pet is a wonderful, lifelong (at least for the pet) obligation. Offering them the appropriate care and preventive treatment is the best way to make sure your pet is living a safe, happy, and long life.