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Proper healthcare can add years to the life of your pet, as well as substantially decrease the cost of treating medical problems associated with aging. While each animal is unique in their healthcare needs, all pets benefit from a systematic approach. Some critical components of optimal healthcare recommendations include:

  • Comprehensive physical examinations

Since pets age 5-7 times faster than humans, major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. There is no substitute for regular veterinary visits to detect disease in its early stage and to implement vaccination protocols, parasite prevention, dental hygiene and other programs that safeguard your pet from costly and sometimes fatal diseases. Twice a year examinations and health risk assessments are recommended for pets of all ages to help detect, treat, and prevent health problems before they pose a risk to your pet.

  • Laboratory screening for disease

Many medical problems can be diagnosed before clinical signs of disease become evident. Along with a detailed medical history and a thorough physical exam, sensitive laboratory tests will be performed. Specific recommendations for early disease detection for your pet may include tests for internal parasites, heartworms, tick-borne diseases, feline leukemia, feline AIDS, and baseline blood and urine analysis. Depending on your pet's individual needs, age, breed and family history if known, additional testing may be recommended. The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it can be cured or successfully managed, lowering its impact on your pet's life or prevent or delay serious complications.

  • Oral health care (Dental hygiene)

Image what would happen if you did not routinely care for your teeth between dental cleanings. Initially plaque and tartar build up, progressing to bad breath, gingivitis, infection starting under the gum line, soreness in the mouth, and finally advanced periodontal disease and tooth loss. The same basics of dental care are true for your pet too. Without routine care, your pet will develop and suffer from increasingly serious stages of periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are a group of diseases that affect the tissues that support and anchor the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease results in the destruction of the gums, alveolar bone (the part of the jaws where the teeth arise), and the outer layer of the tooth root. Bacteria may also spread in the bloodstream throughout the body, which can damage the kidneys, liver and heart. Periodontal disease is the most common disease of dogs and cats. 85% of pets over 4 years of age have periodontal disease.Taking good care of your pet's teeth can be very rewarding. A home care program using dental chews, plaque fighting water treatment, brushing and a dental formulated diet, together with routine professional cleanings and treatments can effectively control periodontal disease. Ask us how you can protect your pet's dental health.

  • Nutrition

Feed the highest quality pet food that you can afford. Higher quality foods are more digestible and result in less stool volume. "Prescription diets" are scientifically proven to be effective for certain medical conditions. Unfortunately, pet food labels can be very deceiving and difficult to read. Ask for our recommendations. Dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc.) must be used cautiously and quality varies greatly. They should be clinically tested for safety and effectiveness in the animal species the supplement will be used in. For example, quality fatty acid supplements may be useful for skin problems, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases. However, not all supplements are safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate dietary supplements in the same way that it regulates medicine. A dietary supplement can be sold without research on how well it works and without quality controls to ensure the product contains the ingredients it claims. Please discuss all supplements with us before their use in your pet.

  • Parasite prevention and control

Most people think of fleas and ticks when they think of parasites. However, there are additional common parasites which can live not only on your pet's external surfaces but internally as well. It is fairly common for a dog or cat to become infected with parasites during its lifetime. Approximately80% of puppies and kittens are infected with parasites. Dogs and cats can share them easily and pass them to people. Some parasites can infect and transmit diseases to you and your family. Our recommendations can help prevent, accurately diagnose, and safely treat parasites and other health problems that affect your dog or cat. In addition, these recommendations may help protect you and your family from contagious parasitic diseases frequently carried by pets.

  • Obesity prevention

Pet obesity is a top health concern for veterinarians. It is estimated that50-60% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Excessive weight causes the same problems in pets as it does in humans. Diabetes, heart and lung diseases, bone and joint diseases, skin conditions and different types of cancer are more common in overweight animals, as is a shorter life expectancy. That is why it is important to follow the feeding and exercise guidelines we recommend for your pet's specific needs. It is healthier and easier to prevent your pet from gaining weight than it is to successfully complete a weight loss program after your pet has become overweight.

  • Vaccinations

All dogs are at risk of exposure to various infectious diseases, some of which are life-threatening. Others, such as leptospirosis and rabies also pose public health risks. Without question, vaccination has been one of the most important interventions in disease prevention that has ever been developed. Prevention of infectious diseases is more beneficial to your pet than treating diseases once they occur. Preventative vaccination is one of the most reliable and cost-effective methods of health care available to you. Our immunization recommendations are based on your pet's individual needs and lifestyle, as well as current vaccine technology and standard of care recommendations.