What is preventive care?
Preventive care, also known as wellness, is essential to helping your pet live a long, healthy, and happy life. When most people think of preventive care for their pet, they think of vaccines. While vaccinations are very important, there are actually four cornerstones of preventive care which are equally essential. Our Whole Health Plans incorporate all four of these cornerstones:
At Frontier, an exam is not just a complete physical examination and health assessment, but an opportunity for your veterinarian to assess and appreciate your pet as an individual. No two pets have the exact same lifestyle- this is something that we take the time to understand and use as the basis for our medical recommendations. And that exam? There is actually more to it than you might think! Check out this guide - Your Pet’s Physical Exam – to find out what your veterinarian is actually doing when it looks like all she’s doing is petting your pet!
Vaccinations are an easy and inexpensive way to protect your pet from life-threatening illnesses, such as distemper and parvo. Other vaccines, like rabies, protect your whole family because diseases like rabies can infect both pets and people.
Parasite Screening & Prevention
Internal parasites are some of the most easily treatable of potentially serious pet health conditions. Twice a year intestinal screens are recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) and strongly encouraged by our veterinarians. Preventative routine de-worming against parasites such as roundworm, which can be spread to humans, is very important to the health of your entire family.
Diagnostics like blood and urine tests help to determine if all body systems are functioning as they should, as well as screening for health issues to which your pet’s breed may be genetically predisposed. Bloodwork also tests for conditions like early kidney or liver disease. Early detection and treatment can often be the difference between a relatively easy and affordable treatment and a more expensive, and perhaps riskier, intervention later on.