Preventative Pet Care
What’s the best way to keep your pet feeling great? Preventing them from getting sick in the first place, of course. It’s best to provide pets with preventative veterinary care, rather than waiting for a pet’s health to deteriorate before bringing them to the vet. At Insight Veterinary Wellness Center we emphasize the importance of preventative care for all pets, and we are proud to provide a comprehensive menu of preventative care services for cats and dogs of all ages.
Why Preventative Care Is Important for Pets
Preventative care gives pets the best chance at living long, healthy lives. The primary reason we stress preventative care for all pets is it saves them the distress and discomfort of getting sick, developing chronic diseases, and picking up parasites. It also saves pet owners on expensive services because it’s almost always much more expensive to treat health problems than it is to prevent them.
Preventative Veterinary Services
Spaying and Neutering
Spaying and neutering pets prevents unwanted litters. Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to roam resulting in their coming into contact with fewer animals throughout their lives thereby decreasing their chances of contracting contagious diseases. Spaying and neutering pets mitigates and/or eliminates the odds of pets developing certain diseases of the reproductive organs. It also reduces unwanted behaviors like aggression, territory marking, excessive vocalization, and roaming.
Vaccinations protect pets from diseases that are highly contagious, transmissible, and dangerous, such as distemper, feline leukemia, and parvovirus. They also prevent the contraction of zoonotic diseases (those that can be transmitted between animals and humans) such as rabies and leptospirosis.
Parasite prevention is essential for safeguarding a pet’s health. Mosquitoes carry heartworm larvae, which can easily infect dogs and cats. Once contracted, heartworm can be fatal for dogs and cats. Parasites like fleas and ticks are a nuisance to pets and their people. Plus, they also carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea and vomiting, lead to weight loss and other conditions, and can potentially infect people.
Just like people, pets need regular oral care, too! The majority of cats and dogs over the age of three suffer from periodontal disease, which causes pain, tooth infections, and can lead to a blood infection that damages the vital organs. Regular brushing and professional examinations will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Routine Tests and Health Screenings
We recommend running general tests and screenings to check pets for disease. Early detection and treatment are key to the successful management of chronic disease.
Schedule Your Pet's Preventative Care Appointment
Healthy adult pets should visit the veterinarian at least twice a year. Puppies and kittens, senior pets, and pets with existing health conditions may need to come in more frequently. If it’s been a while since your pet has visited the veterinarian, we welcome you to contact us to schedule an appointment today.