Prevention is always better than cure. By making preventative care a priority, you can protect your pets from costly medical problems and improve their well-being. At Radford Animal Hospital in Radford, VA, we believe that preventative care is the best way to maintain your pet's health, rather than waiting until your pet falls ill. During the preventative care sessions, we can detect problems at their early stages and provide treatment promptly.
What to Expect During a Preventative Care Visit
Vaccinations protect your pet from preventable illnesses. They are usually divided into core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are usually given to all pets, while non-core vaccines are usually given according to the risk of exposure and other factors.
Pets should be examined at least once a year, even when they do not have any disease symptoms. If a pet is older or is suffering from a certain medical condition, it might require frequent examinations. Physical exams can effectively identify various conditions like tumors, eye problems, arthritis, and body pain. If our veterinarian identifies a problem, we might need to run a few tests for an accurate diagnosis.
Taking care of a pet's dental health is crucial in making sure they are generally healthy. When you visit our animal hospital for preventative care, we will examine the cat or dog's mouth to check for any dental issues. Your pet’s teeth will also be cleaned once a year or more if the animal has dental problems. Frequent cleaning keeps away diseases and helps your pet keep a healthy smile for years to come.
Pets may be tested for various illnesses or parasites. Some of these include stool testing to check whether they have heartworms and blood tests to check if there are any organ malfunctions, especially when your pet is presenting symptoms.
Your dog or cat needs to be given medication to keep away parasites. Our veterinary care expert will guide you on what medication should be given according to the risks to your pet. When you take your pet to our veterinarian for preventative care, we will also advise you on what to do to keep your pets free from diseases and injuries. Dr. Hansen will give you tips on parasite prevention, the right nutrition, and the type of exercise that is suitable for your pet.
Contact Radford Animal Hospital in Radford, VA
At Radford Animal Hospital we aim to provide quality preventative care to ensure your pet remains happy and healthy. If you are new to the Radford area or a new pet owner, call our team at Radford Animal Hospital today at (540) 639-3891 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hansen.