When it comes to money, it’s always better to save than spend. In terms of the economics of your pet, preventative veterinary care is the way to go. It may seem like you’re wasting time and money to take your pet to the veterinarian for a regular check up only to hear that nothing is wrong, but in reality, those visits can often catch something small which can be corrected before it becomes a big deal. Preventative care not only saves you money in the long run, but also potential time and heartache.
Pets are part of the family and seeing them ill is never easy. Taking precautionary measures seriously reduces the chances of disease or illness at a fraction of the cost of treating a serious or emergency condition. Early diagnosis and treatment slows common disease in animals. Renal, periodontal, and osteoarthritis are just a few that preventative vet care can inhibit.
Many veterinarians recommend a yearly physical exam which covers:
- Breathing problems
- Ears & eyes
- Blood test
- Coat & skin exams
Each aspect of your pet’s physical exam may prove revealing even if it seems unimportant at the time. Exams of the ears, eyes, and mouth are often very significant. Examination of an animal’s eyes may show anemia, infections, cataracts, high blood pressure, kidney problems, jaundice, allergies, and sometimes even nutritional conditions.
Checking out your pet’s ears is also important. Ear infections are common when the ear isn’t properly groomed, and removing hair growth and wax from the ear canals protects the animal’s inner ear.
Oral health is very important, but more often than not, a pet’s oral health is all but ignored. Gums, teeth, tongue, and palate will all be examined by a veterinarian during the yearly exam. Infections, tartar buildup, and other abnormalities could be red flags. Teeth brushing and cleaning will keep your pet and veterinarian happy.
Annual check-ups also allow your doctor to monitor your pet’s progressive health. They can make recommendations or adjustments on food, treats, and the amount of exercise your pet needs.
Everyone wants to see their pets happy and healthy, but remember that just because they look healthy to you doesn’t mean they shouldn’t see their veterinarian. Spending a small amount of money on a visit now could prevent you from spending a bundle later!