Pets have become such a big part of our families. They cheer us up when we are feeling down. Often, they are a child’s first best friend. Studies even show that seniors who have pets will live longer than those who don’t. New Bedford pet owners should do everything they can to ensure that their pet is healthy. An annual veterinary check-up with a trusted South Coast veterinarian is the best way to make sure that there are no hidden issues or conditions that might be causing your pet trouble. Cats and dogs are both notorious for hiding when they feel pain. When you bring your pet into our Dartmouth animal hospital, we can check for common issues that can plague pets throughout the many stages of their lives.
Reason #1 – Prevention is the Smart Route
There’s an old saying that says, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and that is no truer than when applied to healthcare. The same holds true for our pets. Prevention can help your pet stay healthy, avoiding common issues that affect cats and dogs throughout their lifetime. Your South Coast veterinarian can recommend affordable solutions, such as vaccinations, at-home dental care, quality nutritional diet, and activities that will keep your pet feeling their very best.
Our pets age approximately seven times faster than we do on average, so it only makes sense to bring them into the Dartmouth animal hospital at least once each year for a veterinary check-up. Our veterinary team will provide a complete exam and offer advice that you can use to help your pet continue to live a healthy life. A simple exam that consists of taking vital signs, checking your pet’s coat, looking at eyes and ears, asking about diet and, in some cases, taking fecal, urine, and blood samples, is the best way to stay on top of your pet’s health.
Reason #2 – Vaccinations
Speaking of keeping your pet vaccinated, depending on where you live, certain vaccinations are required by law. Rabies shots may be required as part of the licensing program in your city, county, or state. Make sure to find out what you need to do and speak with your veterinarian about creating a schedule that will keep your pet up to date. In addition, other vaccinations and boosters may be helpful, depending on your pet’s lifestyle. Cats who go outdoors on occasion, dogs who visit the dog park, and pets who frequently go into boarding when their owners are out of town may require additional vaccinations to keep them healthy.
Reason #3 – Weight & Body Condition
There are so many options on the market today for pet foods and treats. Unfortunately, many New Bedford pet owners over-indulge their pets with treats, fast food, and other high-calorie rewards that can lead to obesity. When you bring your pet in for a veterinary check-up they will be weighed and, depending on your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle, an alternate diet may be recommended. Pets who are over or under their normal body weight are in danger of many different health risks. Our Dartmouth animal hospital can help you get your pet to a healthy weight, which could potentially increase their life expectancy.
Reason #4 – Dental Health
A lot of people are unaware of the importance of dental check-ups for pets. Both cats and dogs will commonly become victim to dental disease, which can be deadly if untreated. Dental disease can cause bad breath and tooth loss, but also issues with your pet’s kidneys, liver, and heart. When you come in for your veterinary check-up, your South Coast veterinarian can show you how to provide at-home dental care with daily brushing to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Advanced dentistry is available at Anchor Animal Hospital for pets who need extra care and services.
Reason #5 – Parasite Prevention & Treatment
Pet owners in the northeastern states know all too well the dangers of fleas and ticks. Heartworm can also be an issue for both cats and dogs during certain times of the year. A regular visit your with local veterinary clinic can help to treat issues before they become infestations and can provide you with the tools you need to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If it has been awhile since your pet visited a Dartmouth animal hospital for a veterinary check-up, give us a call at 508-996-3731. We can schedule an appointment, answer any questions that you might have, and give you information about our services. New Bedford pet owners, and pet owners throughout the South Coast region have trusted Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth since 1975 for quality veterinary care and services.