THE BENEFITS OF PREVENTATIVE CARE FOR YOUR PET’S HEALTH
Like us, prevention is better than cure in your pet. Preventative health care plays an important part in the long-term health and wellness of your pet. Unfortunately, our pets are unable to tell us if something feels wrong, that’s why it is so important to maintain and monitor your pet through proactive healthcare. Here are some steps you can take in keeping atop of your pet’s health.
- VISIT YOUR VET FOR REGULAR HEALTH CHECKS
Regular health checks are a vital part of preventative health care. These are important to identify any potential health problems. This is also a great opportunity to discuss any health or behaviour related concerns you may have. If your pet is seven years or over they are considered a senior pet, and it is recommended to increase visits as age related issues can occur.
- KEEP UP TO DATE WITH VACCINATIONS
Vaccinations protect your pet from a number of preventable diseases. They will protect your cats from cat flu and FIV, and dogs from canine hepatitis, canine cough and distemper. A lot of these can result in fatalities if unprotected. As well as keeping your pet healthy, up to date vaccinations are required if your pet visits a boarding facility.
- TREAT PARASITES AND FLEAS
Parasite control and prevention not only keeps your pet healthy but your family as well! Cats and dogs need intestinal worming treatments, tick and flea control, and depending on where you live, heartworm medication.
- KEEP TRACK OF DENTAL HEALTH
Dental health is so important for your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. Dental disease can affect much more than just the teeth and gum, it can travel further down to the liver, kidneys and heart. Your vet will check your pet’s teeth during routine health checks, and your pet may need a dental procedure under general anaesthetic to remove stubborn plaque. Some ways to maintain good dental health is to give your pet chew toys, dental kibble and brush their teeth regularly.
- FEED YOUR PET A HEALTHY DIET
Your pet’s diet will change as they age from puppy or kitten to senior, so a good-quality diet needs to be tailored to match their age and breed. Just like us, pets can’t make nutrients by themselves, so a balanced diet that has high nutritional value will keep your pet healthy. If you are unsure of what your pet should be eating, ask for advice from your expert veterinary clinic team.
- EXERCISE YOUR PET
Regular exercise means your pet will be fit and stay at a healthy weight. Exercising your pet could be as easy as taking them for a walk or playing fetch in the backyard. Your pet will also have healthy circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. Exercise will also release endorphins in your pet, keeping them happy and stimulated!
- DESEX YOUR PET
Desexing your pet can prevent diseases, such as uterine infections and prostate problems. If you don’t plan to breed, get your pets neutered or spayed. If your pet has bred before and you would like this to be their last, you should also get your pet desexed. Desexing your pet will statistically increase their life span. Your pet needs to be six months or older to be desexed.
- GROOM YOUR PET
Grooming can help get rid of seeds, pollen and dust that cause skin irritation. Plus, when you groom it’s a great time to check for fleas, ticks, lumps and bumps or sore spots, and get them treated early. Plus it provides a great opportunity for quality time between you and your pet.
Proactive healthcare not only improves your pet’s life, it will add years to it. The Best for Pet program is a preventative wellness program that was designed by vets and pet lovers to provide simple, affordable and optimal health care for your pet.
If you are a Best for Pet member all of your pet’s preventative health needs will be covered. You will receive FREE unlimited consultations, FREE annual vaccinations, 10% off parasite control, $250 off a dental procedure, 10% off food and merchandise, 10% off professional services and so much more!