The Gift Of Good Health

posted: by: Susan R Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Good Health Is The Best Gift You Can Give Your Pet

Give your pet the gift of good health. As a pet parent, I know how tempting it is to buy things for your dog or cat. I am guilty of buying sweaters, toys, cute collars, fancy harnesses, and adorable food and water bowls.

The thing I have learned since working at the pet clinic is that these things are great, but not at the expense of the overall health of your pet.

I take my two dogs to the groomers every month. Yes, I feel like it is spoiling them, but I do it because I also think that it lets them know I care about them.

After all, isn’t that why we spend money on all the extras? We want our pets to know that we love and care about them, so we buy them cute sweaters, dog treats, and all-natural gourmet foods.

The truth is, these things make us feel good about ourselves and makes us feel like we are taking really good care of our pets. Moreover, that is the responsibility we assume once we make the decision to bring a pet into our family, right?

It Takes More Than Toys And Accessories

I learned my lesson the hard way with my Yorkshire terrier named Hershel. I was taking him in to be groomed, walked him every day, and bought expensive food. I felt like I was being a responsible pet parent. When he stopped eating, I took him to the vet. It turns out that while I was doing what I thought was what a good pet parent would do; I was completely oblivious to the needs of his teeth.

Although Hershel looked like he was well taken care of, his teeth were being neglected. He had to have six teeth pulled by the time I figured it out and unfortunately, the plaque on his teeth led to further complications with his heart. I will tell you that I felt like the worst pet mom in the whole world, and I ended up paying for it with years of heart medication.

A Physical Exam Is Good. A Physical Exam With Bloodwork Is Better.

The same holds true for regular examinations, vaccinations and blood tests. You may decide that your pet looks healthy, so there must not be anything wrong with them. However, a physical examination may not detect many conditions because they cannot be diagnosed by looking, listening and touching.

It is important to incorporate chemistry and electrolyte blood tests into your annual preventive care visit. The Complete Blood Count (CBC) is an important tool that can detect conditions such as anemia, leukemia and other blood disorders. It can assess stress levels, inflammation, infection and blood clotting capabilities.

Imagine the peace of mind you will have after your visit! You established healthy baseline values for your pet, possibly identified an unseen disease at an early stage, and eliminated any uncertainty that may keep you awake at night.

By identifying a disease before the clinical signs are evident, you are increasing the chances of a successful outcome. Often, you will spend less on the treatment, and your pet will not continue to deteriorate as you wait for outward signs of a tragic illness.

As your pet ages, they are prone to many of the same diseases as humans; diabetes, kidney disease, liver and heart disease, cancer, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.  Also, keep in mind that dogs and cats age much faster than humans and their organ systems also age at a much faster rate.

It Is Easy To Get Caught Up In The Fun Of Shopping

I know how easy it is to get caught up in buying the cute stuff for your pet. I know that it makes me feel good when I do, and I’m sure my pet appreciates my efforts. Don’t get me wrong, it is fun to shop for your fur friend, but when it comes down to giving them a true gift; give them the gift of a healthy life.

It is time to feel confident that you are doing all that you can to ensure that your pet is well taken care of on both the inside and the outside. Your pet would do it for you! Schedule your pet’s wellness exam today, and let us take the worry out of taking care of your pet’s health. We want you to feel secure in the knowledge that you are truly caring for your pet and making a positive impact on their overall health and longevity.

With your pet’s health in our hands, you can go out and buy them a cozy dog bed or a new toy and spend some quality time with them. They will love it and so will you!