Preventive Care for Dogs and Cats
Putting your pet on a year-round preventive care schedule is one of the best things you can do to make sure your dog or cat stays healthy and happy throughout his or her life. One very important part of maintaining year-round control of your pet’s health is partnering with your veterinarian to create a plan that is unique to your pet.
At Banfield, we provide Optimum Wellness Plans that include several components to help keep your pet on the right track.
Elements of a Preventive Care Plan
Your veterinarian can work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for your pet. Key preventive care considerations include:
- Parasite prevention (Heartworm and Intestinal parasites)
- Flea and tick control
- Dental care
- Routine blood work
Knowing when your pet is due for these services can help in the prevention of certain life-threatening diseases. In addition to ongoing preventive care considerations there are many chronic conditions that can severely impact your pet’s health and quality of life. Conditions ranging from allergies and arthritis to more severe issues like heart disease can easily become costly to manage if not caught early.
Regular proactive care, like twice-a-year annual exams and wellness plans provide ways to keep your pet’s overall health in check on an ongoing basis.
Tailoring a Plan for your Pet
The preventive care that your pet will need can vary depending on the breed, age and health status of your dog or cat. Pets should be seen by their veterinarian every six months, but some pets may need to come in more often if they already have health problems or issues that require more frequent checkups. Preventive care-focused visits may include:
- Comprehensive exams
- Routine dewormings
- Fecal tests
- Blood tests
- Dental cleanings
- Heartworm testing and prevention
- Nutritional and behavioral counseling.
By working with the recommendations from your veterinarian based on the results from the exams listed above, you can help create the best plan for your pet.
An Optimum Wellness Plan® can help with your dog or cat’s year-round preventive care. These packages include comprehensive exams, recommended vaccines, dewormings, diagnostic testing, and more. Your local Banfield veterinarian can help you choose the plan that’s best for your pet.
You can also visit the Preventive Pet Health Care section of our website or browse the articles below.