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Preventive Health Care Tips For Dogs Naples FL

Categories: dog health, Dogs, Featured, Veterinary Tips

Remember Annual Naples Veterinary Visits

We are well aware that a yearly Naples veterinary visit is essential, right? What you may not know is that the best way to protect your pet from illnesses is through preventative health care.  At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we help to bring some preventative measures to keep your dog’s health on track. Your pet’s health and safety are always one of our main priorities.

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Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect your pet from diseases such as kennel cough, rabies and distemper. Dogs can even be immunized against Lyme disease and canine flu. Some vaccines can be given every 3 years (though annual wellness exams are still recommended). Talk with your Naples veterinarian about which vaccines are best suited for your pet based on age, health status and exposure.

REMEMBER ANNUAL VET VISITS

One of the best ways to prevent health problems in your pets is to maintain annual wellness exams with your veterinarian. Dogs age at a faster rate than humans and their health status can change significantly over the course of a year. Your vet will check your dog from head to toe looking for any changes since the previous visit. Routine lab tests detect early stages of disease before symptoms occur. This early intervention will help your dog live a longer and healthier life.

VACCINATION IS THE BEST PROTECTION

Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect your pet from diseases such as kennel cough, rabies and distemper. Dogs can even be immunized against Lyme disease and canine flu. Some vaccines can be given every 3 years (though annual wellness exams are still recommended). Talk with your veterinarian about which vaccines are best suited for your pet based on age, health status and exposure.

HEARTWORM TESTING

When and how commonly pets ought to be tested for heartworm infection is likewise a matter of argument. In making a decision on when to check, we should consider how typical heartworm illness is where the pet lives, exactly what heartworm preventive the pet is getting, and how long the mosquito period lasts.

The American Heartworm Society (AHS) advises all adult dogs being started on a heartworm preventive for the very first time must be checked. In addition, all dogs must be tested every year for heartworm infection. In the past, if a dog had actually been on preventives regularly,  it was not considered necessary to check every year, perhaps only every 2 to 3 years. Because of reports of animals on preventives that still contracted heartworms, the AHS advises a more conservative screening session. It may be too difficult to document when an animal hasn’t been checked in three years, and for that reason, annual testing will certainly make sure that an infection is caught in sufficient time to manage it.

CONTROL OF INTESTINAL PARASITES

Just like vaccinations and heartworm testing, you will certainly find different opinions on when or if fecal examinations need to be carried out and when or if pets should get regular ‘dewormings.’ Decisions on testing and worming ought to be based on circumstances such as:

  • the age of your dog
  • the probability your dog is exposed to feces from other animals
  • whether your dog is on a heartworm preventive that also controls digestive parasites
  • if your dog has actually been formerly infected
  • if you prepare to breed your female dog
  • if there are youngsters who have fun with the dog

Routine deworming is advised by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC).

GERIATRIC SCREENING OF PETS

Many vets are starting to suggest screening tests for our older pets. Just as we have our cholesterol and blood pressure checked more typically as we age, it is suggested our older pets require some regular checks too. Diabetes mellitus, kidney illness, and some hormonal diseases occur a lot more often in older animals. To test for these conditions and recognize them before serious and/or permanent damage is done, blood tests and often radiographs are helpful. An abnormal outcome indicates we can detect and deal with the condition early. Regular results are valuable in providing us a baseline with which we can compare future outcomes.

Many of our older animals are likewise on medications and may need tests to evaluate the medication level and/or potential unsafe impacts on various organs.

Oral health is also very essential in our older pets, so they may require more frequent dental check-ups.

If you have an older dog, discuss these options with your vet.

In summary, yearly exams along with suggested blood screening in older animals, vaccinations, heartworm screening, and parasite control will certainly assist your dog live a happier and longer life.

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