Preventative Care for Dogs

The proactive approach to veterinary care

Preventative care is a dog’s first line of defense. Annual exams help by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.

Preventive Health Measures
Annual Veterinary Exams: Village Vet Hospital’s comprehensive exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat, ears, lung and chest, internal organs, oral hygiene, eye and visual responsiveness.

Heartworm prevention and Parasite Control Both external and internal parasite control are critical to maintaining the health of your dog and your family.

Vaccinations: Updated vaccines are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper, rabies, and parvovirus, leptospirosis, and influenza.

Vaccination titers can be performed for certain diseases to determine if vaccinations should be performed.

Routine bloodwork: Routine bloodwork is highly recommended on all dogs each year and is especially important for any dog over age 7.

Dental Care: Oral health is an important part of your pet’s life; annual oral examinations and dental cleanings with Dental radiology are the best methods to assess, maintain and improve oral health.

Proper Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your pet’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal development.

Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions, identifying these shifts help to identify and treat the root cause.

Exercise: Regular exercise supports musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages.

Senior Animals

Preventative care becomes more significant for aging dogs, Village Vet Hospital recommends increasing exams to twice a year for pets over age eight.

As your pet gets older they are prone to many age-related diseases that are increasingly difficult diagnose and treat. Many preventive health measures must be adjusted to better suit the medical needs of senior animals.

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