Your pet is a member of your family, and you strive to give them everything they need to be happy and healthy. Although we do our best to provide for our furry loved ones, the hustle and bustle of daily life can make it easy to put pet wellness on the back burner.
At Brodie Animal Hospital, we believe in taking a proactive approach to pet care. Learn how keeping an eye on pet wellness can help your pet live a longer, healthier, and sweeter life!
What is Pet Wellness?
Veterinary medicine has traditionally been focused on treating injured and ill pets. Nowadays, we know that diagnosing problems early or preventing them altogether is much more effective.
Providing pet wellness care is a crucial part of any pet care plan. Routine physical examinations, preemptive testing, disease prevention, and lifestyle modifications all have a huge impact when it comes to preventing health problems.
Taking the Lead
A well-rounded, multi-faceted approach to pet wellness is essential and should include the following:
- Routine physical examinations – Because pets age faster than humans, it’s important they be seen for a checkup yearly or more often depending on their age and health status. The nose-to-tail examination allows us to become more familiar with your pet, catch problems early, and address any concerns you have.
- Weight management – Obese pets are at risk for many of the same health problems as overweight humans, including diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, and certain cancers. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for your pet’s continued good health.
- Excellent nutrition – Our pets truly are what they eat. Your veterinarian can provide you with a nutritional analysis for your pet and make recommendations tailored to their needs.
- Regular dental care – The importance of oral health in pets cannot be overstated. Daily brushing, along with regular professional examinations and cleanings, are the keys to a healthy mouth.
- Diagnostics – Routine screening and lab work, such as fecal tests, urinalysis, and blood panels, help us establish a baseline for your pet and catch any problems before they get out of hand.
- Parasite prevention – Parasite testing and year-round protection from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites are important parts of pet wellness.
- Up-to-date immunizations – Preventing serious and often life-threatening diseases through a vaccination program is much more effective than trying to cure them. Your pet’s age, lifestyle, and other factors will determine which vaccines are appropriate.
- Reproductive management – Spaying or neutering your pet not only prevents unwanted litters, it also spares your pet from a variety of health and behavioral issues down the line.
- Environmental enrichment – Pets need plenty of play, exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation each day in order to stay happy and healthy.