Review Your Pet’s Preventive Care Plan
Pets age at a faster rate than humans. That’s one reason it’s so important to review your pet’s preventive care needs with your veterinarian every six months. Pet health care needs can change over time, so having a veterinary preventive care plan that is specific to your pet is one of the best ways of keeping them healthy throughout life.
From age and breed, to weight and pet health status, there are many different factors that can affect the preventive care your pet needs.
Puppies and kittens – Young dogs and cats need a preventive care plan that addresses the most common diseases seen in young and adolescent pets. The plan should include:
- Comprehensive physical exams
- Routine fecal exams and deworming
- Parasite prevention
- Nutrition consultations
- Behavior counseling
- Spaying or neutering.
Adult pets – As your pet reaches adulthood, preventive care can require the need for dental care and screenings for underlying diseases with routine lab work in addition to comprehensive exams, vaccines, nutritional and behavioral counseling and parasite control.
Senior pets – Specific screenings may be needed based on your pet’s health status and can include more frequent dental care in addition to the care needed for adult pets.
Every pet has their own unique needs. Many chronic conditions common for your pet’s breed can severely impact overall quality of life and can potentially become costly to manage. Understanding your pet’s genetic predisposition to disease is important and can help you and your veterinarian provide your pet with the best individualized care.
Just like people, pets struggle with weight when they eat too much food and don’t exercise enough. Pet obesity is common, but it is preventable. With your veterinarian, you can create a safe weight loss or maintenance plan through a balanced diet and regular exercise to help keep your pet at a healthy weight.
Pet Health Status
Certain conditions such as heart, kidney or liver disease may require more frequent monitoring to make sure that the treatment is working and that a disease is not progressing.
Chronic conditions that require ongoing medications prescribed for your pet should also be checked more frequently. Monitoring ensures that the dose is correct and that the treatment is not harming your pet. These medications may include:
- Anti-seizure medications
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Heart medications
- Thyroid medications.
An Optimum Wellness Plan® Can Help
Banfield Pet Hospitals offers a variety of Optimum Wellness Plans that include veterinary preventive care for your dog or cat and can help address the specific needs based on life stage and pet health status.
Every plan includes routinely recommended vaccinations, early screenings, and unlimited office visits. In addition, these plans can be tailored to your individual pet. Ask your local Banfield veterinarian about a plan that is right for your dog or cat.