Many of us in Tampa treat our pets like our children but seldom take the time to see how many great things they do for us. There have been many studies that demonstrated the positive health effects of owning pets. For this reason, it is important to make sure they are as healthy as possible. Preventative care has been an ever increasing topic seen in the news for humans but sometimes our pets don’t get the same level of preventative care that we do. By taking some easy steps with your veterinarian, most of the time we are able to help our pets achieve a longer, healthier life.
One of the myths that we see and hear about at our vet clinic in Tampa is pets don’t need to see the vet unless they appear sick. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Yearly visits for a complete examination, screening tests and proper vaccinations are the cornerstone of keeping your pet healthy. Optimally, seeing the veterinarian twice yearly for preventative examinations would benefit your pet by allowing the early detection of many conditions. As with humans, early detection usually leads to better treatment outcomes. Our pets have inherited a strong ability to hide illness from their ancestors. This is defense mechanism for animals living in the wild but for our domesticated pets, it makes it difficult to see when our pets are ill sometimes. Veterinarians have been trained to recognize many illnesses before they become symptomatic in your pets and therefore can present proper treatment plans to prevent crisis.
Over 40 years that our animal clinic has been in business in Tampa, we have accumulated many stories of waiting to long to seek veterinary attention but on the flip side, we also have many cases that have been saved by one of our veterinarians finding something on a routine preventative exam and therefore treating it before it was to late. The examination is the most important thing you can do for your pet.
Work together with your veterinarian and keep your pet healthy which in turn will benefit your own health. A win – win situation for both you and your pet!