Prevention is the Key to Good Health
Thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine, animals are living longer than ever, and we have found that preventive health is just as important to pets as it is to people. At Suburban Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing the best possible preventive care.
Preventive and wellness care typically covers the following areas:
- Behavioral/socialization issues
- Dental/oral care
- Nutrition/weight management
- Vaccinations/parasite prevention
We also want to develop a plan that meets the unique needs of you and your pet, so we encourage you to raise specific questions and concerns. Our team is committed to helping you make decisions that fit with your lifestyle and are sensible and financially responsible.
Regular visits with your veterinarian are the best way to keep your pet healthy and to prevent problems from worsening or becoming too costly. We recommend yearly wellness exams for every cat and dog, although more frequent visits may be encouraged. During a routine exam, we listen to your pet’s heart, evaluate the eyes and mouth, and check the body for abnormal lumps. This is also the time to discuss nutrition, parasite prevention, and any other concerns unique to your pet.
Vaccines are a critical piece of the preventive wellness puzzle. When determining a vaccination schedule for your pet, our team takes into account many factors, including lifestyle and risk for certain diseases. The annual wellness exam is also a good time to discuss your pet’s parasite prevention treatments.
Microchipping is a safe, easy way to keep track of your pet at all times. Each microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades. If your pet goes missing, most veterinary hospitals and humane societies have electronic scanners, which can read your pet’s microchip to ensure his or her safe return. The procedure is as simple as receiving a vaccine. The microchip remains active for the duration of your pet’s life. To learn more about the benefits of microchipping, please read Ripley’s Story.
On the Web
USA Today discusses the new health crisis for your pets.
The American Veterinary Medical Association offers a large selection of videos about various pet health care topics.
The Pet Health Center at WebMD also contains videos, slide shows, and additional information about preventing diseases in pets: