Recommendations for Pet Wellness in Manlius
At Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital of Manlius, P.C., our team is dedicated to helping our clients maintain the health of their pets. From helping pets keep their teeth clean, performing annual physical examinations, and ensuring any necessary surgeries go as smoothly as possible, you can rely on our Manlius team to provide exceptional services.
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. 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): 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. Ask us how you can protect your pet's dental health.
- Nutrition: 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. 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 common for a dog or cat to become infected with parasites during its lifetime. Approximately 80% 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.
- 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. 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 cats and 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.
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