Preventative Veterinary Care for Your Dog or Cat
Just like humans, dogs and cats need preventative medicine. Many dangerous diseases can be prevented by vaccinations and early detection screening allows for successful treatment of other serious conditions. Scheduling a regular veterinary exam for your cat or dog is one of the best things that you can do for their health.
The Importance of Regular Veterinary Exams
A regular veterinary exam is the best time to discuss preventative care with our veterinarian, but it also has another purpose. Wellness exams often catch conditions that may otherwise be missed, from minor issues such overgrown nails to major issues such as cancer. Having a record of what is normal for your pet will also be invaluable in the future when assessing whether they are ill or not. While they may seem unnecessary when your pet appears well, regular veterinary visits are very important to your pet's overall well-being.
Types of Preventative Care
Many types of preventative care can be used to help your pet stay healthy:
- Early detection screening
- Parasite prevention
- Spay and neuter
- Dental Cleanings
At your regular veterinary exam, our veterinarian will discuss which types of care are right for your pet's age and lifestyle. Multiple vaccinations are required for puppies and kittens, and adult animals need boosters. Parasite prevention, including flea and tick treatment and deworming, is required for pets of all ages.
It is important to discuss spay or neuter and dental cleanings for your dog or cat with your veterinarian in Marana. Although these procedures both require anesthesia, the benefits usually outweigh the minor risk. Pets that are spayed or neutered are at a lower risk for certain diseases, do not contribute to pet overpopulation, and may have fewer behavior problems. Dental cleanings are important because most adult dogs and cats have some level of dental disease. This can contribute to overall poor health, as well as being uncomfortable for your pet.
Our Veterinarian in Marana
Dove Mountain Veterinary, your veterinarian in Marana, is committed to caring for your pet throughout their life. Whether your puppy or kitten needs vaccinations or your senior pet needs early detection screening, we can help. Call us today at (520) 448-9690.