Prevention, Health and Wellness
Preventative care costs 90% less than treatment for illness and injury. It is also our number one tool in preventing disease, prolonging life and improving the quality of life of your pet.
According to research, one out of every three dogs have preventable internal parasites. Obesity is the largest threat to the health of our nation’s pets. Diabetes, joint and other orthopedic issues that are largely preventable and seeing an explosive rise.
According to a recent survey 62.7 percent of golden retrievers and 58.9 percent of Labrador retrievers are overweight. Nationally, 52.5 percent of all dogs and 58.3 percent of cats are over their optimal weight.
These conditions are leading to expensive medicals treatments and procedures that could be prevented and are much less expensive to treat through a good health and wellness practices.
The 5 Focuses of Preventative Care
Our philosophy on veterinary care is four simple words: compassion, choice, prevention and care.
Physical Exam and Screening: Annual and for senior pets, semi-annual checkups give us the opportunity to detect and treat disease early, before they become life threatening. Pets age so much faster than we do, so disease and debilitating conditions come on faster as well. Sometimes making small changes early on with disease states can make a huge difference in the health of a pet.
Parasite Control: Fleas, mosquitos, ticks, lice and internal parasites don’t just create discomfort for your pet, they are a common source of disease as well. Your pet’s lifestyle and exposure are also important considerations in managing your pet’s exposure to potential infection. For example, colorado is rated a moderated risk for tick born disease and the risk for heartworm in our state is increasing each you. Parasites can also be zoonotic, meaning transference to humans, so in situations where there are children or elderly members of the family living at home, the importance of pet parasite control is magnified. The good news is that exposure to parasites is managed very effectively through various prevention, screening and treatment options.
Dental Care: The most common illness for dogs and cats is periodontal disease. Bacteria get in the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth causes infection, which can lead to more serious health problems such as heart, liver, lung, and kidney disease. Periodontal disease starts out as plaque and if left untreated becomes calcified forming tartar. Plaque and calculus lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums causing them to become painful, red, swollen and bleed easily. As plaque and calculus develop on both the exposed surfaces of the teeth or underneath the gum line, professional cleaning will be needed to help manage it. Proper dental care reduces periodontal disease and is a vital part of the health and wellness of your pet.
Nutrition: Nutrition may be the most underserved and misunderstood segment of the veterinary medicine. Yet, it is one of our greatest tools in combating disease. Unfortunately, good, accurate information on nutrition has remained a neglected segment of education in veterinary schools, funding and research. As a result, there is a lack of good, consistent information and advice on nutrition. We focus on helping clients understand their choices and how to read labels. More important than anything else, nutrition needs to adjust based on your pet’s health, breed and age. Some companies are, unfortunately, reckless in their marketing and convince clients to do things that are just not healthy for their pets.
Weight Management: Keeping your pet’s weight in check has the same benefits that it does for us. Pet weight problems are easy to treat, so there’s no reason to wait. Left ignored, a pet’s weight can lead to a host of health problems, from arthritis, heart disease, diabetes to skin and joint problems. Your pet’s weight has a direct impact on his or her health. We have some of the best tools and techniques to help you with your pet’s weight management.
There is a common misperception that veterinary care is highly profitable. The reality is that the average profit margin of a veterinary practice is 8 to 12 percent. There are times when people avoid coming to us because they can’t afford care. It’s important to us that pet’s get proper. If you have challenges affording care, talk to a doctor or manager and we will discuss various options. We don’t want your pet to miss out on an opportunity to get the care they need and deserve.