Lifelong Pet Health: Protect and Extend the Years You Have Together
While not all illnesses or injuries can be thwarted, many health concerns that affect pets are often preventable. This is a big part of why we pay close attention to dental health, weight gain, and exposure to various contagious diseases at your pet’s yearly or bi-annual wellness exam. Additionally, lifelong pet health is impacted by dangerous parasites that can live on or inside an otherwise health animal. With a proactive approach to parasite prevention, your pet’s overall longevity and vitality can be assured.
Understanding all of the facets of your pet’s lifestyle can help us prevent, monitor, and treat any health issues throughout life.
Pets younger that 5-7 are typically examined once a year. After they reach middle-age, we recommend two wellness visits per annum because age-related illnesses start to pop up. However, if parasites are afflicting a pet, you might not know it right away.
There are two types of parasites that affect the pets we know and love: external and internal.
Deworming is a common practice in young pets, but worms can cause problems throughout life, such as weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal swelling, and even death. Because of this, it’s imperative to protect pets from:
These worms live in the GI tract and feed off what an animal eats and digests. One worm can make up to 100,000 eggs a day. These are then passed in the feces and spread wherever your pet goes. From there, these worms present health risks for other pets and even people.
Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are the most common ectoparasites that thrive on an animal’s blood. These are most prevalent during the spring and summer months, but their lifecycle allows them to remain in a state of dormancy in colder weather. A monthly preventive can go a long way towards your pet’s general health and longevity, and we’re happy to help you find the right year-round medication for your pet.
Affecting Lifelong Health
Fleas can cause severe itching, scratching, bald spots, and even secondary skin infections. Many pets also have a specific allergy to flea saliva that inhibits quality of life when exposed, and some pets develop anemia. The best defense is to maintain your pet’s medication, groom them regularly, and keep your property tidy (flea-ridden rodents can be attracted to leaf piles, compost bins, and trash).
Ticks can carry Lyme disease and spread infection, but if your pet receives their monthly preventive (and also gets the Lyme vaccination) they are protected from these life-shortening issues.
Heartworm disease is spread by infected mosquitoes. They drop microscopic larvae into the bloodstream when having a meal. The larvae migrate to the heart and lungs where they mature and reproduce. Dogs can be treated for heartworm, but it can be complicated and expensive. It is fatal to cats.
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We want to make sure that your pet enjoys the longest, healthiest life possible. To that end, please know that we are always here for your questions or concerns. We can help you prevent parasites and the problems they bring with them.