The Proactive Approach To Veterinary Care
Preventative care is a pet’s first line of defense against illness and injury. Annual exams allow us to prevent, diagnose and treat disease in its early stages, often before you notice any symptoms. Treatment is more effective when it starts earlier, so preventative care helps your pet live a long and healthy life with you.
Preventive Health Measures Recommended by Ridgeview Animal Hospital
Annual Veterinary Exams: Ridgeview’s comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat health, hearing acuity, lung and chest health, internal health, oral hygiene and visual responsiveness.
Vaccinations: Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like rabies, distemper, feline panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and more.
Dental Care: Your pet’s teeth and the health of their mouth can affect every aspect of their life. Regular professional dental work will improve your pet’s well-being.
Parasite Control: Fleas, ticks, heartworm, and intestinal parasites need to be eradicated and prevented–not only for your pet’s health but for your family’s as well. Many of these parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to people. There are various kinds of preventatives and your veterinarian can help you determine which one is right for your pet.
Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are key to maintaining proper pet hygiene. Skin and hair health prevents manage, matting, bacterial infections and more.
Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your cat’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal aging, growth, and development.
Behavioral Evaluations: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions. Identifying these shifts helps us identify and treat the root cause.
Preventative Care for Senior and Geriatric Animals
Because pets age much faster than humans, disease and illness progress much faster as well–making preventative care extremely important for older pets. Ridgeview Animal Hospital recommends twice-yearly exams for most dogs over seven, and cats over 9, as they are prone to many age-related conditions that become increasingly difficult to diagnose and treat if not caught early.