An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Many people are confused by the term Preventative Medicine. It doesn’t seem concrete; like a test or a treatment. It is preventing disease not just identifying it and treating it (if it is possible to treat). Preventative medicine also involves determining risk factors for disease and making adjustments to the animals preventative health plan and acting accordingly.
I can’t stress enough the importance of early detection. This is most effectively accomplished when owner and veterinarian have a good working relationship with the pet. Owners know their animals very well and are good sources of early detection because they know what is abnormal for the animal even if it is not overtly abnormal by itself. Veterinarians need to see their patients at least once if not twice a year to establish baselines and detect problems early that owners may miss. Older patients will benefit from a general profile or blood work to detect changes in values that will alert us to more serious problems.
When your veterinarian asks you questions like, Does your dog spend a lot of time out of doors? or Do you board your pet? These questions are ways to evaluate risk factors. They help us choose and recommend vaccination protocols or preventative therapies. We prefer to tailor vaccinations to the individual and the individual’s needs and risks. You as the owner are a critical part of this process. We want to work with you to help keep you and your animal safe and as free of disease as possible.
Every species of animal can benefit from preventative medicine. Even humans.
What all is included in Preventative medicine?
- Yearly or biannual examinations
- Regular Fecal checks
- Geriatric blood work
- Monthly heart worm prevention (dogs)
- Internal and external parasite controls (worms, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, lice, mites)
- Grooming care (bathing, good hygiene, nail and hair trimming)