Veterinary Care is a tough field. It is crucial to the health of a pet. Yet it can be tempting in tight economic times to only fix what is broken or only grease the squeaky wheel. In following this mentality, people tightly close their eyes and hope for the best. While it is possible that the pet may escape disease, it is more likely that the owner will end up paying more treating a preventable condition than they would have spent preventing it. More daunting is the potential for the pet having to pay with its life should the disease be life threatening. Regardless of the economic times, here are the essentials for pet care:
1. Physical Exams: at least yearly exams help ensure that your pet is healthy and aids in the early diagnosis of disease.
2. Vaccinations: While only Rabies vaccines are required by law, there are several yearly core vaccines that prevent your pet from common, life threatening diseases.
3. Monthly Preventatives: Preventatives for heartworms, intestinal worms, fleas and ticks are all crucial to health.
4. Nutrition: a balanced, healthy diet can help prevent conditions like diabetes, pancreatitis, gastroenteritis etc.
Do your best to care for the pets that are dependent on you for a healthy life by following the essentials!
Lindsey N. Haile DVM
King William Veterinary Clinic