Our pets are a huge part of our lives and we certainly want to do everything to keep them healthy for as long as possible. Even though they communicate many things to us, one thing that our dogs and cats can hide very well is illness. Being related to the large cats and wild dogs, the ability to hide sickness has been passed down in their DNA. It was initially a survival mechanism but with our domesticated animals, it makes finding out when our pets are just beginning to get sick very difficult. One of the statistics that is always talked about is that a cat will not show symptoms of kidney disease until 75% of their kidneys are not working! Up until that point, they are acting like nothing is wrong. The good news is with regular examinations and blood work, our veterinary team in Tampa can have the chance to catch things early and therefore make treatment outcomes more favorable.
The first thing that our Tampa veterinarians recommend is, at a minimum, yearly examinations for all dogs and cats. Even if they are strictly indoors and acting perfectly normal, an examination is necessary. Taking your pet to the vet once a year is equivalent to you going to your doctor once every 5-7 years. A lot can go on in that amount of time. During your pet’s exam, the veterinarian will look at and listen to all of their body systems to look for any changes that could be warning signs of problems on the horizon. Make sure to let them know of any changes going on at home as well because they can be important clues to health issues. Once your pet gets to age 7, we recommend twice yearly exams since things pop up even quicker with our middle aged and older pets.
Another important part of preventative veterinary medicine is routine blood work. Abnormalities in the blood work may be seen in advance of clinical signs and therefore make treatment safer, easier and less expensive. Our veterinary clinic in Tampa has the ability to run many parts of the lab work in clinic therefore getting you and your pet the results of any testing rapidly allowing our veterinarians to begin any preventatives or treatments as soon as possible. Just like human medicine, early detection usually leads to better treatment outcomes.
Oral health is also important to your pet’s health. During your pet’s visit, our veterinarians will examine your pet’s mouth and make any recommendation necessary to maintain proper dental health. This can range from regular tooth brushing to having a dental cleaning performed. At our animal hospital in Tampa, we perform many dental cleanings and procedures through out the year and know that regular preventative work is safer and less expensive than waiting till severe gum disease or loose teeth happen. Once again, many pets will not let you know that they are having oral pain until late in the course of the problem.
Our Tampa veterinary clinic likes to be proactive when it comes to your pet’s health. This is a much safer and less expensive way to give your pet a longer, healthier life. If you have any questions for our veterinarians or veterinary staff, you can contact our animal hospital at 813-289-3925 or [email protected]