Preventative care is a pet’s first line of defense against illness and injury. Annual exams allow us to prevent, diagnose and treat disease in its early stages, often before you notice any symptoms. Treatment is more effective when it starts earlier, so preventative care helps your pet live a long and healthy life with you. Preventative care includes:
- Annual Veterinary Exams: Meadowlawn Animal Services’ comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat health, hearing acuity, lung and chest health, internal health, oral hygiene, and visual responsiveness.
- Vaccinations: Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like feline panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and rabies.
- Dental Care: Your pet’s teeth and the health of their mouth can affect every aspect of their life. Annual teeth cleanings maintain and improve your pet’s well-being.
- Parasite Control: Preventing and eradicating parasites like fleas and ticks is easy when you administer anti-parasitic medication to your pet regularly.
- Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are key for maintaining proper pet hygiene and can also prevent mange, matting, bacterial infections and more. Examination of skin and coat health can also help diagnose allergies and skin issues that can make your pet miserable.
- Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your pet’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal aging, growth, and development.
- Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions. Identifying these shifts helps us identify and treat the root cause.
Preventative care becomes more significant for aging pets. Meadowlawn Animal Services recommends twice-yearly exams for elderly pets. As pets get older, they are prone to many age-related diseases that become increasingly difficult to diagnose and treat. To keep senior pets healthy and happy, we must adjust many preventative health measures to better suit their changing medical needs.