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 occurring in the first place. Successful preventative care begins with routine physical examinations at our office and continues with your everyday life with a good diet, exercise, and hygiene, 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 changes related to their health. This initial examination should be followed up with regularly recurring check-ups. We generally recommend that both cats and dogs receive a check-up 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. Please tell us about any changes in behavior or condition at these check-ups, as they might alert us to possible problems.
It is particularly common for puppies and kittens to be infested with various intestinal parasites, such as roundworms or hookworms. Infant animals may be born with these or can otherwise acquire them shortly after birth. Even when the puppy or kitten has been dewormed, some parasites may still be present. 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, your pet must be routinely screened for parasites. We recommend a fecal examination be performed every year. Even when the fecal examinations do not demonstrate any issue, weight loss without any other explanation or diarrhea can serve as sufficient evidence of a parasitic infestation and 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. Your pet will likely need a full dental cleaning at some point in its lifetime. For us to properly clean his or her teeth, your pet must go under general anesthesia. A trained veterinary technician will then perform cleaning and polishing under our doctor’s supervision. This procedure prevents abscesses of the teeth and stops any bacteria on the teeth from leaking into the bloodstream. Without treatment, these bacteria can result in infections.
Blood work is required to ensure your pet’s ability to go under anesthesia safely. Even if your pet does not require anesthesia, blood work may be used to give your veterinarian vital information about the patient’s major organs’ status. 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.