They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is certainly true for your pet. One of the most important things you can do to ensure their health is to prioritize preventive care. While you cannot outright guarantee that your pet won’t contract an illness, taking steps to lower their risk now significantly increases the likelihood that your pet will live a long and healthy life.
Benefits of Preventive Care for Pets
- Helps Your Pet Live Longer: You love your pet, but if you aren’t taking them to the vet, you are neglecting their health. Let’s say your cat develops cancer. If you are taking them to the vet every year, it’s possible to catch it early enough that is doesn’t have to be a full-blown crisis. If you don’t take your cat into the vet for a couple of years, however, that cancer isn’t found until it’s too late. Preventive care helps us catch diseases before they progress too far.
- Helps Quality of Life for Your Pet: Not only does preventive care catch disease before it becomes a bigger issue, it also helps your pet live a healthy life right now. Your pet may be living with a condition that makes them uncomfortable and can be easily managed. For example, if your pet is overweight, you may not realize the strain this is putting on them. Regular vet visits can help you identify these areas of concern so your pet can not just survive, but thrive.
- Saves Money: Some pet owners skip certain preventive measures because of cost. For example, they may not take their pet to the vet as often as they should because they don’t want to pay for it. This is an oversight, as preventive care actually saves you money in the long run. Would you rather spend less than $100 on making sure your pet has the right vaccines, or nearly $1000 in a few years when they contract an infectious disease?
What Does Preventive Care for Pets Look Like?
The most important thing you can do for your pet in terms of prevention is taking them in for regular complete wellness exams one to two times a year. During these visits, your vet will help with things like:
- Heartworm prevention
- Flea and tick prevention
- Dental care
- Lab tests
- Nutrition counseling
- Behavior counseling
At Countryside Animal Hospital, we are happy to help your furry friend thrive through preventive care. Contact us today to schedule your pet’s complete wellness exam today!