An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By ensuring your pet is seen by your veterinarian periodically and kept up to date on vaccinations, fecal examinations, and disease screenings, your pet will be less at risk of developing preventable diseases. Ensuring your pet is kept on regular heartworm and flea and tick prevention is another great way to help ensure their health and prevent exposure to disease. Annual routine blood testing can help identify any potential health issues early before they become a true issue for your pet. By routinely seeing your veterinarian when your pet is healthy and discussing any areas of concern, we are better able to protect your pet from developing diseases that can be prevented and earlier identify diseases that are not preventable.
If your pet is not feeling well, there may be an indication that something internally is not right. Internal medicine is a large proponent of sick care in veterinary medicine. Diseases that can cause your pet to feel sick include metabolic diseases such as diabetes, cushings, thyroid diseases, and others. Diseases that involve specific organs, such as the liver or kidneys, also fall under this category. Your veterinarian may recommend diagnostic testing to help identify what is wrong with your pet and identify the best treatment plan possible.