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  • Dog Health

    Preventive Health Care Ensures Optimum Dog Health

    Taking preventive measures ahead of time to provide care for the health of your dog is important. This can keep them in the best health possible while ensuring that your dog does not get sick or have other health conditions that are preventable. With the right team on your side to provide preventive health care, your dog can have the optimum health in no time.

    What is a dog preventative care plan?

    This kind of care will be done with recommendations from the vet based on your pet’s health status and any risk factors common to that breed. The vet may choose to do a complete physical examination of the dog, receive lab results, and then discuss with you any relevant information about routines practiced at the home.

    Based on all of that information, the vet is able to provide you with all of the best recommendations for your pet’s nutrition, vaccinations, dental care, heartworm prevention, and other customized needs based on your pet.

    Why is this care important?

    The goal of this kind of care is to maintain optimal health for your dog by preventing health concerns and finding any problems early on so they are easier and less costly to fix. This care will provide your dog with better and longer years than if you avoid the care altogether. During the course of this treatment, if your dog does have health issues, they will be found early on, making it easier to treat and resolve.

    Some of the ways that a vet can achieve these goals during the preventive health care include:

    • Routine care for the individual needs of your pet.
    • Education for the pet owner through various resources.
    • Recommendations on the best options to do at home to support the health of your pet.

    Why are physical exams important?

    Dogs age faster than humans. Missing one year of checkups for a dog is like missing more than five for you. Taking an active role with the wellness program of your dog from the early years will help them stay healthier longer, and routine physical exams are a big part of this. All owners should take a proactive approach to this, coming to all physical exams and answering questions for the vet to give their pet the best care.

    What happens during the annual wellness visit?

    Your pet should come at least once a year to an annual wellness visit. This is a good time for the vet to learn more about your dog and catch any potential problems early on. Depending on the health of your dog, it is possible the vet will also require them to come to semi-annual wellness visits. During both of these, the vet may consider a few tasks including:

    • comprehensive physical exam
    • any annual vaccinations that are needed
    • a heartworm test
    • fecal exam to test for parasites

    The vet can also take this time to discuss the overall health of your dog and answer any of your questions. They may provide literature Dog Preventive Health Care and resources on how to control parasites, how to take care of the health of your dog’s teeth, and the proper nutrition for the dog based on their breed. Sometimes older dogs will undergo additional procedures, such as X-rays, to make sure their health is doing well.

    This is also a good time for the pet owner to ask any questions that they may have. If your dog is struggling with behavior issues or you are concerned about something else, these visits are also the best time for you to bring those up and get all of your questions answered by the professionals. Make sure that you understand the proper nutrition for your pet before leaving to make sure you are giving them the best stuff for their health.

    Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency is here for all of your dog and pet health needs. We understand how important preventive health is for your pet in keeping them strong and giving them the good life they deserve. We serve the residents of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other areas in nearby Ventura County. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your pet!

    posted on February 12, 2021 at 6:46 am by Doctor Ron