PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE
How often do you catch yourself thinking that you wish your pets could live longer? Well the good news is that they can. Veterinary medicine has been growing and changing to fit a new paradigm. We see pets differently that we did even 10 years ago; we are now guardians instead of owners and our pets are family members that sleep on our children’s’ beds. We are doing more medically for our pets to ensure their good health and are expecting more from our veterinarians and hospital team.
In response to the changing needs of our clients and patients, the veterinarians at Community Pet Hospital have developed a comprehensive program that will help to improve the quality and length of life for our patients. Here is how we think we can do better:
- In 2006, we launched a monitoring program for cats and dogs. We are recommending age appropriate testing for metabolic problems such as kidney and liver disease. Blood and urine testing can give us a lot of information about the vital organs and how they are functioning.
GOAL: Early detection of metabolic disease can lead to the implementation of medical treatments that will slow the progression of the disease process and potentially extend the life of your pet.
- Intestinal parasites can be a danger to your pets and to your other family members (especially children). Roundworms and giardia from your cat or dog can pose a zoonotic risk to your family. This means that humans can contract these parasites. We are increasing our efforts to protect you and your pets by deworming all outdoor cats and by recommending full-year heartworm prevention for dogs. Heartgard® and Tri-heart® contain a medication that will protect your dogs from intestinal parasites as well as from heartworms.
GOAL: We are ethically bound to educate our clients about the potential for zoonoses and to prevent the transmission of disease whenever possible.
- Veterinarians are just beginning to understand the wide range of problems that are caused by dental disease in our pets. The bacteria from infection in the mouth can spread in the bloodstream and affect organs in the body like the heart and kidneys. We also tend to underestimate the pain that is caused by bad teeth. Proper homecare with brushing, antibiotic rinses and dental chews in combination with appropriate dental prophylaxis can dramatically improve your pet’s chance to fight periodontal disease. We would like to see all of our patients have their first teeth cleaning by the age of three.
GOAL: Good dental hygiene can add years to your pet’s life and can help him/her to chew efficiently and comfortably.
- We are introducing a weight-loss program that will provide the information and the encouragement needed to help your pet lose weight safely. We know that excessive weight can pose a significant health risk to our patients and may shorten their lives by causing metabolic disease and arthritis. We would like to help by making individual diet and exercise recommendations and by providing rechecks to make sure that you stay on track.
GOAL: Weight loss is challenging for humans and their pets alike. We think that by developing individual programs and by offering a consistent support system, our patients will enjoy the benefits of successful weight loss.