Preventative Care

What Is Preventative Care?

Preventative care is anything that helps your pet avoid a medical emergency in the future. It is also taking care of your pet on a regular basis. You can take action at home, as well as with regular visits to your veterinarian to provide the best care of your pet. Regular wellness visits go a long way to prevent future medical problems and is one of the major steps you should take in caring for your pet. During a health evaluation, your vet takes a complete history of your pet, including breed, age, behavior, and diet. Then your vet will complete a physical, which includes weight, temperature, and pulse. If you live in the Poplar Bluff area and you do not have a veterinarian, you should visit Hicks Animal Hospital today. 


What Type Of Testing Should I Expect?

During a regular visit, you can expect to have conversations about vaccinations and any regular medications your pet should take such as heartworm and flea and tick. These medications protect your pet from parasites that can cause long term damage. Your pet will also have some testing to ensure they are currently well and parasite free. The vet will do heartworm testing, FELV or FIV testing, and fecal exams to ensure your pet is in the best possible health. Your vet will also talk to you about spaying or neutering your pet, if you have not already done so. 

How Often Should My Pet See A Veterinarian?

The age of your pet dictates how often you should see a veterinarian for regular visits. Typically, younger pets need more frequent visits, about once a month until they are four months old. After that, they should see the vet once or twice a year, depending on their specific needs. 

What Can I Do At Home As Preventative Care?

There are steps you can take at home to ensure the proper health of your pet. Your dog should have a quality diet plan. You should talk to your vet to determine exactly what your pet needs. Food can be expensive, but paying at little more for food may save you money in medical bills in the long term. Exercise is key for your pet, so you should make sure they get daily exercise with a walk every day. If you help your pet stay active, it could improve the length of its life. Exercise can also help you maintain a good weight for your pet. When your pet is overweight, it put pressure on the joints and heart. 

Contact Hicks Animal Hospital in Poplar Bluff today to schedule an appointment for your pet to begin proper preventative care. 

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