Preventative Care Veterinarian
At World of Animals in Bensalem, we know that the best way to deal with a disease is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. Successful preventative care begins with routine physical examinations at our office, and continues in your everyday life with a good diet, exercise, and hygiene, and with recommended preventative medications taken at home.
When your pet first comes into our office, we recommend that he or she is given a full physical examination. This will allow us to establish a baseline against which to compare any and all changes related to his or her health. This initial examination should be followed up with regularly recurring checkups. We generally recommend that both cats and dogs receive a checkup at least once per year. In some cases, we will recommend that your pet receives an examination more frequently, based on age or other factors. These check-ups enable us to uncover any health issues your pet may be at risk for before the illness reaches an advanced stage, and rapidly stop them. At these checkups, please tell us about any changes in behavior or condition, as these could alert us to possible problems.
It is particularly common for puppies and kittens to be infested with some variety of intestinal parasites, such as roundworms or hookworms. Infant animals may may be born with these or can otherwise acquire them shortly after birth. Even when the puppy or kitten has been dewormed by his or her breeder, it is possible that not all of the parasites were killed off. Adult dogs and cats can also become infected with these parasites, with how they acquire them varying between the different kinds of a parasite. Therefore, it is crucial that your pet is routinely screened for parasites. We recommend a fecal examination is performed every year. Even when the fecal examinations do not demonstrate any issue, weight loss without another explanation or diarrhea can serve as sufficient evidence of a parasitic infestation, and in some cases even point to a particular type of parasite. In these cases, prophylactic deworming may be necessary.
We see Dental Disease more frequently than any other health problem in dogs and cats. It is likely that your pet will need a full dental cleaning at some point in its lifetime. In order for us to properly clean his or her teeth, your pet must go under general anesthesia. Cleaning and polishing will then be performed by a trained veterinary technician, under the supervision of our doctor. This procedure prevents abscesses of the teeth and stops any bacteria on the teeth from leaking into the bloodstream. Left untreated, these bacteria can lead to infections.
Blood work is required to ensure your pet’s ability to go under anesthesia safely. Even if there is no need for your pet to be anesthetized, blood work may be used to give your veterinarian vital information about the status of the patient’s major organs. Typically, blood testing should be performed yearly, or even more often in the case of senior pets. As pets age, they become more vulnerable to diseases, including diabetes and kidney disease, among others. The best way of discovering these diseases in their early stages is with annual blood testing. In the absence of testing, many diseases may be well hidden by your pet.