Preventive care includes wellness exams listed above, proper vaccinations, heartworm testing, and preventives, effective flea and tick medications and internal parasite monitoring and treatment if necessary.
Preventative care is arguably one of the most important aspects of enabling your pet to live a long, healthy and active life. Just like us, our animals can be affected by countless diseases and illnesses. Many of these can be prevented, and since our pets cannot organize their own preventative care, they are reliant on us as their owners to do it for them. Fortunately, this is now easier than ever thanks to the wide range of preventative services and products that are available.
We are delighted to be able to offer comprehensive preventative care services at our veterinary offices here in Manson, IA.
Preventative care usually comprises of several different aspects. One of the most important is regular visits to see our experienced veterinary team. These appointments are general check-ups that allow us to perform continuous monitoring of your pet’s health which increases the possibility of any developing health problems being detected early, whilst they can potentially be reversed or treated simply.
During these general check-ups, we will:
Conduct a physical examination of your pet to check for any abnormalities.
Take blood, urine and fecal samples which will be used to help us identify any developing issues. Blood test results can tell us a great deal about how well your pet’s organs and body systems are functioning, urine test results can illustrate any issues with the urinary system, while fecal testing is important for detecting parasites.
Take basic observations such as your pet’s weight, temperature, oxygen levels, respiratory rate, heart rate and more.
Talk to you about your pet’s lifestyle, including his diet and how much exercise he gets.
The answers to these questions and these test results will help us to determine whether your pet has any current health problems if he is at risk of developing them (and what we can do to stop this happening) and create a permanent record of his health and wellbeing. We can also use them to decide what preventative care products your pet needs to protect him from illness. This includes what parasite preventatives he needs, and which vaccinations are required.
Parasites are creatures that live on or inside your pet’s body and derive their nutrition to thrive directly from him. Many cause serious and debilitating symptoms, while some, such as heartworms, can prove deadly if they aren’t treated.
Vaccinations have long been established as one of the most effective ways of protecting people against dangerous infectious diseases and illnesses. They are also just as successful at protecting pets and have saved the lives of countless animals.
Vaccinations are essentially a little preparatory course for your pet’s immune system and work by preparing his body to fight disease without needing to expose it to disease symptoms and putting him at risk of harm. In doing this, the vaccine tricks his body into thinking it is under attack from illness, and his immune system will make organic weapons that will provide the necessary defense if and when your pet comes into contact with the real infection.
Most often, vaccinations are only effective for a set period of time. This means that towards the end of this time, a further dose of the vaccine will be required.
Pet vaccinations are divided into two groups. These are known as ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ vaccinations. Core vaccinations are those given to every pet of the species, whilst non-core varieties are only given to those animals whom we feel would benefit from them. This is because some animals have very little to no risk of contracting the diseases that they are associated with.
Core vaccinations for dogs include:
Non-core vaccinations for dogs include:
Core vaccinations for cats include:
Feline herpesvirus (rhinotracheitis)
Non-core vaccinations for cats include:
Feline leukemia virus
Feline immunodeficiency virus
Our experienced veterinary team will be able to advise you which vaccinations your pet needs and when they are required. We will create an appropriate vaccination schedule based on your pet’s individual requirements and will support you in sticking to this so that your pet remains properly protected from preventable diseases at all times.
Make sure that your pet has the appropriate preventative care by scheduling an appointment with our experienced and knowledgeable veterinary team today. Contact Manson Veterinary Clinic in Manson, IA by calling 712-847-8200.