Pets are valued members of the family. According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) owning a pet can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and decrease feelings of loneliness. Having a pet increases the opportunity for exercise and can make people more social; everyone loves to come over and pet a puppy. Studies have shown that people that who own pets live a longer, happier, healthier life. Pets make great companions, can protect us from harm and teach children to be more compassionate towards all creatures. With the important role pets play in our daily lives, it is important to be sure our furry friends are kept healthy so we can enjoy their companionship for many years.
Routine visits to the veterinarian should include annual vaccines. Vaccinations are essential in the prevention of communicable diseases such as distemper, parvovirus and rabies. Your veterinarian will customize your pet’s vaccination regimen based on your pet’s age and medical history.
Annual Blood Tests
Dogs should be tested annually for heartworm disease and Lyme disease; cats should be checked for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus as part of their initial wellness visit. Veterinarians may suggest other tests based on endemic diseases in the region where you live.
Senior Wellness Visits
Older pets should get annual blood tests to make sure internal organs are functioning normally. Kidney and liver failure may not show symptoms in the beginning stages but early detection can extend your pet’s life. Your veterinarian may offer special diets and supplements to maintain your older pet’s health.
At routine visits you can discuss out-of-the-ordinary behaviors your pet is showing. Behavior issues can include barking too much or an occasional accident on the carpet. Your veterinarian can help curb such problems before they become unmanageable.
Your veterinarian can check your pet’s teeth at annual visits to maintain oral health. Many physical ailments like heart disease or digestive problems can stem from dental disease. Your vet can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth or recommend appropriate food and treats that will keep your pet’s teeth strong and white. A proper oral regimen can also keep a pet’s breath fresh. Some veterinarians are recommending annual dental cleanings, just like people get, to maintain oral hygiene in your pet.
Information for this article was provided by the Hamilton Road Animal Hospital.