National Pet Week – Preventative Care for Your Pets
As we celebrate National Pet Week, here is a quick overview of common preventive measures to help keep your pets healthy.
1. Importance of once or twice yearly examination of your pet to detect problems and address concerns early on. Appropriate vaccinations should be administered based on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure risks.
2. Prevention of parasites both internal and external, especially here in the Deep South where our climate makes parasites a persistent threat. This is a year round necessity for proper protocols to be in place for dealing with heartworm, fleas and intestinal worms.
3. Your pet’s nutritional needs regarding diet selection is critical. Stage of life, namely growth, adult maintenance and senior age diets are all important, as are prescription diets for specific medical conditions. Proper diet choices can impact many age related disease, prevention from arthritis as well as longevity of life.
4. Dental care: 1 out of every 3 pets we see needs immediate treatment of dental care to further prevent painful gum disease/tooth loss, bone loss and potentially serious heart and kidney problems.
5. Behavioral problems: Research shows that over ½ of the euthanized animals in our shelters are related to the behavioral problems. Early education on behavioral modification, training of pets and their owners is important to prevent future human and animal injuries, damaged property, and anguish.