One of the most important thing that this vet in Tampa thinks about is keeping your pet’s healthy. Traditionally, most owners were under the impression that if your dog or cat was acting normal, then all was well. As our field of veterinary medicine grows and matures, it has been understood for many years now that our domesticated animals have a very strong survival instinct and can hide illness very well for a long time before becoming visibly ill. We have seen many cases over the years at our animal hospital in Tampa that were “perfectly normal” one day and extremely sick the next. Just like in the human medical field, advances in technology and practices have given us a way to help our pet’s live longer, healthier lives. Below, we will hit some of the highlights about preventative medicine in the veterinary realm.
First and most important is the physical exam. Having your pet examined on at least a yearly basis is the cornerstone of a good preventative program. Our pet’s can’t talk so having a vet who has been trained in picking up on subtle changes during a physical examination will help detect problems or the beginnings of issues. Early detection is extremely important and usually leads to better treatment outcomes. The goal of a proactive health plan is to catch things before they become big problems. Once examined, our Tampa veterinarians will make recommendations for further preventative plans such as screening blood work, weight control programs or dental health control.
After the physical exam is completed, our Tampa veterinarians will make recommendations for further preventative plans such as screening blood work, weight control programs or dental health control. As stated earlier, our dogs and cats can look healthy even with illness being present. This is where regular blood work comes in. It often shows changes in your pet’s metabolic status well in advance of clinical symptoms which will allow our veterinary team to take steps to slow down or even reverse, in some cases, your pet’s disease process. The same principal applies for dental health and weight issues with your pet….early detection will give your pet a longer, healthier life.
Maintaining a proactive approach to your pet’s healthcare will give them the long, healthy life you want. Your veterinarian shares the same goals and has the ability to help you along the way. Vet visits are more than just vaccinations and fecal checks. They are done to help keep your pet along the right path and hopefully stay ahead of any medical issues.