We all know that pets age much faster than people, but did you know that on average, most dogs and cats are well into adulthood by age two?  By age four, many pets are entering middle age.  By age seven, most cats and dogs - particularly larger breeds - are entering their senior years.  That's why regular preventative care plays such an important role in keeping pets healthy.

Wellness Exams

Twice-yearly wellness exams can help your veterinarian detect problems in your pet earlier.  You can typically expect your pet's wellness exam to include:

Body temperature check
Mouth, eye and ear check
Listening to the heart and lungs
Gently feeling lymph glands, throat and abdominal organs for abnormalities
Musculoskeletal strength and stability check
Skin and coat check
Recomendations for laboratory tests based on the age of the pet and physical exam findings

Preventative Treatments

Vaccinations protect your pet from contracting preventable diseases.  Talk to your veterinarian about developing a vaccination protocol that's appropriate for your pet - and be sure to stick to it!
Regular flea and heartworm prevention also plays an important role in protecting your pet.  Ask your vet for a recommended preventative treatment plan to protect your furry friend from pests and the diseases they may carry.

Dental Cleaning

Did you know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show sings of oral disease by the time they are 2 years old?  Those signs include inflamed gums, bad breath, and tartar buildup.  Poor oral hygiene can lead to other health concerns for your pet, from gum disease to liver and heart problems.  With regular teeth cleanings, you can help keep your pet healthy and his breath fresh! 

Pet Insurance

Health care can get expensive, especially as your pet gets older.  Pet health insurance helps you pay your veterinary bills, and insurance can help make sure you never have to choose between your pet's well-being and your personal finances. Pet insurance can be very affordable, your premium will depend on factors like the level of coverage you choose and the breed and age of your pet.  Most pet insurance companies are happy to give a free quote.  Click here to learn more.   

Regular preventative care can help improve the health, quality of life and longevity of your pet.  It's never too early or too late to start practicing good health habits, so make a wellness appointment with us today!