Do I need to see a Vet?
The most obvious answer is YES if you think your pet is sick - if you have noticed a change in your family pets behaviour, eating or drinking habits, lumps or bumps, breathing or their general well-being?
However equally important is ’Starting off on the right paw’ with annual health checks for a healthy family pet! At Erina Heights Vet Hospital all pet owners are encouraged to attend an annual health check. Foremost, this allows your pet to become familiar with a visit to the vet! For the younger pet at an annual physical examination we assist you in establishing ’healthy’ habits - for example nutritional advice, skin & dental care, parasite (fleas, worms, heartworm,ticks) control & more importantly it allows for the early detection of any ’irregularities’ - an annual health examination involves a comprehensive ’body’ systems check and enables us to identify & treat disease in its early stages. This can be lifesaving - the old adage of ’prevention is better than the cure’ certainly applies to your family pets wellbeing.
At the annual physical examination we are able to attend to routine tasks such as vaccination requirements (if any), parasite control (fleas, worms, heartworm), nutritional correction (optimal weight levels & avoidance of bad breath), behaviour considerations as well as any abnormalities detected at this visit (which occurs in greater than 50% of routine examinations).
In the young to middle aged pets our greatest challenge is oral (dental) health & the appearance of inherited disease. Chronic pain & infection from periodontal disease will affect 80% of pets in their lifetime. This is totally preventable - remember early detection is the ’best’ medicine!
For the older pet the chance of finding problems increases - remembering that ONE year in your dog or cats life is equal to 6-7 years of ours! For example, in aged cats where kidney & thyroid disease is common; we may need to check blood, urine & blood pressure every 3-6 months. In the geriatric dog we commonly find cardiac signs and cancers, along with the ubiquitous degenerative joint disease. Is your dog over 40?