Some of you are probably skeptical of a veterinarian offering advice on how you can spend less money with them. Who does that? Well, the honest to goodness truth is that I would be very happy only providing preventative care to pets. Pets will occasionally become sick and there will always be mystifying cases to solve, despite best preventative practice. Therefore, job security and my interest is safe even if everyone followed these tips. Believe me, I would much rather fill my day vaccinating healthy animals than praying that a very ill animal responded to therapy. Hopefully you are convinced, but either way, here is the list:
1. Spay or Neuter your pet
As covered in an earlier blog, spaying and neutering adds years to a pet’s life and prevents some cancer and other diseases. Also most animals seen on emergency for being hit by a car are not spayed or neutered.
2. Heartworm prevention
Heartworm prevention will obviously cost money, but there is an option for almost every budget. Heartworm treatment can cost up to 1000 dollars for a sick animal and can be prevented.
3. Flea prevention
Fleas can cause anemia, but more than likely, the cost incurred will be due to treating a patient who has a skin infection and or “hot spots” related to flea bites and scratching.
Vaccinating helps to eliminate severe disease early on and later in life. It is rare for a pet who is vaccinated on a determined schedule becomes sick with certain viruses.
5. Don’t feed from the table/ Feed a quality pet food and the RIGHT AMOUNT
We covered this topic too. Good pet food is created to have everything your pet needs in it. It also doesn’t have a lot of extra things that your pet doesn’t. Feeding pets human food can lead to mild diarrhea and urinary issues or critical gastrointestinal disease and even bladder/kidney stones, which may require surgery. Finally, obesity is a growing problem in the pet population and these pets (just like humans) are at higher risk of many diseases like diabetes.
6. Annual bloodwork for older patients
The definition of older pet can vary. Ask your vet if unsure, but typically I consider it very important in pets 7 and older. Annual bloodwork does two things. It helps us determine a disease process early before it causes the patient to be ill. Secondly, running bloodwork before a patient is ill allows us to determine what normal parameters are. These vary from pet to pet and knowing this can help determine when a pet may be sick due to changes, or when they are normal but distract us from the actual cause.
In all fairness this is probably not an all-inclusive list, and it is by no means a guarantee. I can promise however, that if all of our clients followed this information, we would see a lot less sick animals and those clients would spend a lot less on vet bills. I would be able to continue (slowly) paying off my student loans due to the steady stream of preventative visits and we would all be happier J. If you have questions about the list visit us at Satilla Animal Hospital in Waycross, GA. Or find us on social media.
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