Pet care costs in the first year can be a little daunting. Make sure that you understand the need for
- vaccination (to help prevent disease and keep your pet from passing on deadly viruses (like Rabies) and bacteria (like Leptospirosis) to you and your human family),
- heartworm and tick disease screening (for dogs),
- Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunosuppressive Virus (like HIV) screening for cats
- screening for fecal parasites and
- the good reasons for spaying and neutering your pets.
After your pet has received these services in the first/second year, you are not done! Vaccination intervals are determined by scientific study and often set out by law (Rabies) – some are done yearly, and others, after the initial booster series, can be done at 3 year intervals. Other vital preventative services are the yearly physical exam and bloodwork (we can catch many disease processes in the early stages and treatment can lengthen survival times and quality of life); regular dental cleaning and x-rays (we can save teeth if we see them early enough; we can extract diseased teeth that cause pain and introduce infective bacteria into your pet’s bloodstream) and arthritis screening (early treatment helps to slow down the joint destruction and maintain quality of life and movement much longer than without treatment). Your pets tend to hide chronic pain – without the yearly check-up, you may not recognize there is a problem until the disease is well underway.
Many dog and cat breeds have genetic mutations and other problems that can cause disease (cardiac, kidney, liver, etc.) or loss of sight, hearing, mobility, etc. If you haven’t investigated these issues before you brought your special little fur-buddy home, we can provide education on what to watch for, tests that can be done, and help if symptoms become apparent. Mixed breed dogs (like Doodles) can inherit issues from their parents, so they are not protected, just because they are not purebred (hybrid vigour doesn’t apply to dogs).
The adolescent dog or cat can get into everything!! Pet-proofing our homes is a safety issue. Knowing how to provide environmental enrichment to exercise their minds as well as their bodies can satisfy their curiosity and need to explore, making for a happier relationship. We can help with this!
Let us know what concerns you have when you come for an exam/consultation and we can work with you to make your human-animal bond the best ever!