The Importance of Pet Exams and Preventive Care in Grifton, NC
Like us, our pets experience a variety of health changes as they age. At Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital, we can provide your pet with a customized wellness plan that addresses both their current and future needs, so they can enjoy greater overall health and spend more time with you. Twice-yearly pet exams and other preventive services including selective vaccinations, blood work, teeth cleanings, and parasite testing and prevention are crucial to your pet’s quality of life, and are proven to increase their longevity significantly.
What Routine Pet Exams can Help Us Achieve
One of our primary goals with examining your pet at least every 6 to 12 months (depending on age, breed, and health status) is to detect any present illnesses at the earliest possible stage. Many times, catching illnesses and diseases early can mean the difference between a simple diet change to reverse the course of a life-threatening condition, versus multiple medications or even surgical interventions with only the hope of managing the disease well. At Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital, we truly believe “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
The sooner we catch a problem, the sooner (and more effectively) it can be treated. We highly recommend blood work to help us set a baseline for blood counts and organ function, in addition to detecting the early onset of disease.
Offering Personalized Wellness Plans for Dogs and Cats of All Ages
Puppies’ and kittens’ needs are very different from those of an adult or senior pet, and we tailor each pet’s wellness program to their age group and individual needs.
The key with young pets is to give them the best start to a healthy life. This usually includes deworming, booster shots, and an in-depth discussion about their nutrition, elimination habits, training, spaying and neutering, and more.
We need to maintain your adult pet’s health by providing the appropriate vaccinations, screening for heartworm disease and other illnesses, and making sure they continue to stay protected with parasite preventatives. In addition, we recommend regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings to prevent dental disease.
Senior dogs and cats are prone to health issues, including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and more. To keep your beloved senior in the best of health, we recommend routine blood tests and, if needed, X-rays to check their heart and lungs.