A Clean Bill of Health: The Importance of Regular Pet Wellness Exams

pet wellnessWe know that we’ll probably outlive our pets, and it’s this fact that helps us walk alongside them for as long as possible. Thanks in part to modern veterinary research and medicine, however, pets are living longer than ever. Instead of managing health problems after they develop, it’s now recommended that a pet be seen for routine examinations and diagnostics to prevent health problems. The result of supporting general pet wellness every 6 months? Pets and their owners get more of what they’ve always wanted: extra time together.

Lifelong Health

Younger pets need a bit more help in the beginning. To be sure, establishing the foundation of lifelong health is more successful when it’s done early on (it also helps with the creation of a positive vet experience during the sensitive period of development). We address vaccinations, microchipping, spaying or neutering, and parasite prevention, but we also take on behavioral needs, nutrition, lifestyle, dental care, and exercise.

The health of puppies and kittens is sustained through regular visits, and the average is twice a year.

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Establishing Your Pet’s Health Baseline

ULVH_iStock_000015170332_LargeInstinctually, most animals are very good at hiding the fact that they are sick or injured. This means that, as pet owners, we often don’t realize that our pets are having a problem until things are more advanced. Many diseases and problems are better treated and/or cured when they are detected early. This makes it important that pet owners be very observant in regards to their pet’s health.

It is also important to be sure to establish a pet health baseline for each of your four-legged family members. This will serve as their health barometer throughout their lifetime. Learn more about why you should know your pet’s health baseline and how to establish it. Continue…

Recognizing A Pet Emergency

Dec_DogPhoneIn a pet emergency, every passing moment counts. Although every pet owner dreads the concept of their pet in pain or discomfort, identifying symptoms and behavior changes can save vital time. And, what’s more, acting swiftly on your observations and knowledge can even save your pet’s life.

Most pet owners keep themselves in the loop regarding potential pet poisons, but some simply don’t have a plan of action in case a pet is exposed to something dangerous, or accidently injured.

Together, let’s review the warning signs of a pet emergency and how, by getting them assistance right away, you can save your pet’s life. Continue…