Preventive Care: Your First Line of Defense Is a Little Offense
Regular preventive care is the best thing we can do for the well-being of our pets. Wellness visits, parasite prevention, eye care and vaccinations are all important parts of proper preventive care.
Puppies and kittens need to be seen by the veterinarian several times in the first few months. This is necessary to keep all vaccinations up to date and monitor their growth during this time of extreme change. Adult dogs and cats can usually be seen once per year to receive vaccines, a general exam, blood work and parasite control. As our pets age, they need to be seen more often in order to catch any issues associated with aging.
Internal and external parasites can have a serious impact on your pet’s health. There are parasites you can see like fleas and ticks, and parasites you can’t see such as round worms or heartworms. Many of these parasites can also affect you and your family members as well as your pets.
During your wellness exam, your veterinarian will discuss ways to get rid of external parasites and will test to see if your pet has any internal parasites. If there are any internal parasites present, your veterinarian will give your pet medication to remove them. He or she will also discuss effective prevention of heartworms and fleas and ticks in order to protect your pet.
Regular vaccinations are necessary to protect our pets from many deadly infectious diseases. No one enjoys shots. A moment of discomfort can protect our beloved pets from so many diseases that are difficult and expensive to treat-and very painful.
Talk with your veterinarian about which vaccines are required by law and which ones are recommended to protect your pet.
Keeping your pets eyes healthy is important. So far we have not been able to come up with glasses or contacts for dogs and cats, so we must be careful to protect their vision.
Eye injuries constitute an emergency, and your pet should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. It is important to notice any changes in your pet’s eyes such as excessive tearing, squinting, discharge, swelling or a cloudy appearance and report these changes to your veterinarian.
Dogs and cats can experience many of the same eye diseases as humans and our veterinarians are skilled at diagnosing these and many other disorders of the eye. Glaucoma can affect our pets and cause pain and vision loss if left untreated.
Many problems can be treated with medicines or medicated eye drops.
For more complex eye diseases such as cataracts that require surgery, we refer our patients to a veterinary eye specialist in Greenville, South Carolina.
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