Floridawild Veterinary Hospital Celebrates August as Pet Wellness Month
By: Jo Singer, MSW, CSW
It’s easy to fall in love with a cute kitten or puppy. However any pet is adopted into their permanent loving homes their guardians must make an unwavering commitment to keep them safe and to ensure that their pet’s emotional and physical needs are met.
Keeping their pets healthy must be a top priority for guardians. Annual veterinary check-ups help to ensure that our beloved fur- companions stay healthy. Early detection of serious medical conditions can be life-saving. Therefore it’s essential that all pets minimally receive annual wellness exams performed by their veterinarian. Once a health baseline is established, it is much easier for the veterinarian to catch any subtle changes in the pet's physical condition.
Since both cats and dogs are extremely adept at hiding illness and pain as a survival strategy until the underlying reason for their discomfort reaches an unbearable point. Therefore pet wellness exams are extremely helpful to avoid this unhappy scenario.
Additionally, pets age at a vastly accelerated rate compared to humans. Much too quickly these delightful creatures develop into elder pets. It’s really amazing, but according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), both cats and dogs as “young” as seven years old are often considered to be “senior citizens”.
What’s more as pets age, routine blood work and urine analysis along with other necessary diagnostic tests can help to facilitate the diagnosis of any serious underlying medical conditions. Early detection and treatment can add many years of excellent quality to a pet's lifespan. Aging pets are at risk for diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid conditions and other medical problems.
If these conditions are discovered in time they are far easier to be successfully treated or controlled. Through early detection, the cost of veterinary care is frequently far less expensive than a condition which has remained dormant or undiscovered for a long time.
Annual wellness exams also permit the veterinarian to more accurately monitor any changes in the pet’s weight. Obesity caused by too many yummy “treats”, overfeeding and lack of exercise is a common problem in pets. The annual wellness examination is the ideal time to discuss any needed dietary changes. Overweight pets are at high risk for heart disease and other serious medical conditions.
Yearly dental checkups, (especially in older pets) are essential to their overall health. Checking for and treating cavities, bad breath and oral infections can prevent a host of systemic problems, and can help preserve the pet’s wellbeing. There is nothing more rewarding to pet guardians than their pet’s bright, white smile and sweet breath.
The annual pet wellness exam also provides guardians an ideal opportunity to discuss any behavioral problems which have occurred. Litter box avoidance in cats and changes in any pet’s personality are often symptomatic of a problem that requires veterinary attention.
Floridawild Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of your pets’ life; adding years to it. The practice offers a variety of Well Care Plans to suit your pets' life stage and health needs. Well Care Plans help pet guardians start saving on all veterinary diagnostics, treatments and medications. To learn more about these plans, talk to your veterinary assistant about which one would work best for your pets.
In celebration of Pet Wellness month, Floridawild Veterinary Hospital is offering $10.00 off on any bloodwork and the Funky Mutt Market is offering, with any purchase, a free 1/2 day playdate.
Celebrate Pet Wellness month this August at Floridawild Veterinary Hospital. Make an appointment for your beloved fur family member to have a thorough Pet Wellness exam. That famous saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” serves to remind pet guardians how important those annual Pet Wellness Exams truly are.