SONY DSCIt’s no secret that emergency pet care can cost a pet owner dearly – both emotionally and financially. You may be faced with heartbreaking decisions, or end up worrying about how you are ever going to afford life-supporting costs.

While there are certain emergencies that you didn’t see coming (say, a car accident or an accidental pet poisoning), many of the health concerns that we see in urgent care can be revealed or prevented at a regular wellness check. To this end, we are committed to preventive pet care and hope the following information convinces you of the many benefits of regular wellness checks for Fluffy or Fido.

The Basic Truth

Adopting a pet is usually a joyful time and, as you and your pet are getting to know each other, there are a number of basic things you will want to line up for his or her health. Vaccinations for your cat or dog should be a top priority. Parasite inspection and ongoing prevention, as well as necessary initial diagnostics, round out preventive pet care basics.

Cultivating and maintaining good communication with your pet’s veterinarian is also important for present – and future – pet health. During annual or twice-yearly wellness exams, your veterinarian will carefully examine and assess your pet, give reminders about good dental care practices, and discuss specific recommendations including disease prevention, especially for senior pets.

Spaying Or Neutering Your Pet

As veterinarians, we are big on promoting all around wellbeing for your pet, and that includes his or her reproductive health and its impact on long-term health. Spaying your female cat or dog can help prevent:

  • Cancer of the reproductive tract
  • Breast cancer
  • Uterine infections
  • Birthing complications
  • Unwanted litters

Similarly, neutering your male cat or dog can prevent the harrowing (and costly) experience of:

  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate health issues
  • Behavioral problems
  • Urination or spraying

This is just one example of the value of preventive medicine in reducing potential chronic or emergency treatment costs in the future, as well as lengthening your pet’s life.

Thinking About It: Preventive Pet Care Plans

Many human healthcare systems are set up to pay for 100% of preventive health services in their efforts to curb costs associated with preventable diseases. They are also supportive of tests for catching problems early and the importance of wellness care. Just as for humans, an emphasis on wellness care, disease prevention and early detection should be top priority for our pet’s health care.

Designed to keep your pet healthy and happy for his and her entire life, a preventive pet care plan can save you a significant amount of money and heartache. Instead of reacting to pet care emergencies and health problems that could have been prevented, reduced or even eliminated entirely, you will be saving money while investing in long-term wellness care.

While we do provide 24/7 emergency services and office visits for sick or injured pets, we hope that you and your pet will not have to resort to the pain and discomfort often connected with preventable health problems. Please review our bundled preventive pet care plans and call us with any questions or concerns. We are here to serve your pet with the very best care possible.