Preventative Care Exams
Because, Town and Country Veterinary Clinic, wants to keep your pet as healthy as possible for as long as possible we recommend biannual preventative care exams. The following several reasons, why we feel so strongly about this recommendation.
- Regular preventative care exams are one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy.
- The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the AVMA recommends annual preventative care exams at a minimum and as your pet ages, they suggest an increase in frequency of visits.
- It allows us your regular veterinarian to evaluate your pet?s general health and become aware of any health problems early, which in some cases can significantly change the outcome.
- We may also wish to perform diagnostic tests, including blood tests and/or x-rays, to evaluate your pet?s health, when needed.
- It allows us to Avoid Giving Several Vaccinations at one Time, which can increase the risk for vaccination side effects.
- A thorough history, which can help us identify past, current, or future needs of your pet, identify and help with behavior modification if needed, and give you advise on a quality, balanced diet.
- Comprehensive physical examination: dental assessment, pain assessment, body condition scoring, and muscle condition scoring.
- An assessment of your pets overall health.
- Annual heartworm testing in accordance with AAHA, AVMA, and AHS (American Heartworm Society)
- Cats should receive annual Retrovirus testing (FELV/FIV)
- Annual internal parasite testing
- Monthly Flea and Tick preventative
- Immunization with core vaccinations
- Appropriate identification
- Reproductive and Genetic recommendations
- Education about zoonotic diseases ?diseases humans can get from their pets?
- Dental cleanings as needed
- Pets over the age of 6 should have annual blood work.