Preventive Pet Health Care - Better for Your Cats and Dogs

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Put a stop to pet health issues before they even start. You can help keep your dog or cat healthy by creating a preventive care program for your pet. This program should include:

  • Comprehensive physical exams every six months
  • Vaccines
  • Routine blood and urine testing
  • Intestinal parasite control
  • Heartworm, flea and tick prevention
  • Routine dental care
  • Nutritional and behavioral counseling

Preventive Care is Proactive

Anticipate your pet’s future health needs rather than reacting or responding to problems as they arise. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between the two approaches.

Proactive care can:
  • Help prevent a pet from becoming sick. For example, your pet can be vaccinated against diseases that might otherwise be deadly.
  • Catch diseases early and help increase the number of treatment options available while improving the overall prognosis. This is especially true for kidney and heart disease, as well as arthritis, which can be diagnosed early through a comprehensive physical exam and routine laboratory testing.
  • Help prevent the transmission of zoonotic diseases and parasites. These are passed between pets and people. Routine deworming and rabies vaccination are two ways of protecting your pet.
  • Keep pets comfortable by preventing flea and tick infestations. For heartworms, prevention can be less expensive over a pet’s lifetime as opposed to treating an infestation once. Heartworm infection causes permanent damage to the heart and lungs.
  • Help prevent painful periodontal disease and teeth extractions through home dental care and routine professional dental cleanings.
  • Help prevent or delay the onset of certain diseases by keeping your pet at a healthy weight and feeding them a high quality diet.
  • Diagnose certain behavioral problems such as separation anxiety, which can be easier to treat if caught early.
Reactive care can:
  • Limit treatment options for pets after they become sick. We know that many deadly diseases can be prevented with vaccines.
  • Detect disease—but only after clinical signs start—which can also reduce the number of treatment options available.
  • Overlook the early diagnosis and treatment of some zoonotic intestinal parasites. Certain parasites can live for a long time in the environment and in some cases won’t even cause symptoms in adult pets.
  • Make flea treatment harder to control after infestation occurs.
  • Lead to teeth extractions, not to mention pain and discomfort to a pet, if treatment occurs after advanced periodontal disease is diagnosed.
  • Make heartworm disease hard to treat in dogs. There is no heartworm treatment for cats.
  • Make it hard for your pet to lose weight after becoming obese. Obesity can lead to arthritis, heart disease and certain respiratory diseases.
  • Delay the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral issues. This type of issue is the number one reason pets are relinquished to a shelter. Basic behavioral training and treatment of any behavioral issues are good proactive measures.

An Optimum Wellness Plan Can Help

A preventive health care program for your pet can begin with a Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan® (OWP). An OWP can be personalized for your pet with specific options that can make doing the best thing for your pet easy and affordable. Plans include routinely recommended vaccinations and diagnostic testing, as well as unlimited office visits.

Request an appointment with your local Banfield Pet Hospital and visit a veterinarian to begin preventive care for your pet or start an Optimum Wellness Plan.