Veterinary medicine is constantly evolving but the doctors and staffs at Noah’s keep up-to-date with the research and ideal preventative care recommendations through continuing education, research journals, veterinary magazines, and communication with industry representatives. We want to make sure we pass this information along to each and every one of you! The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) just recently revised Canine Vaccine Guidelines.
Preventative care recommendations:
- 12 Body System Examination – A body system exam is recommended every 6 Months - By seeing your pet twice a year, we can find small issues before they become big and more serious problems! Our pets are aging seven times faster than us so regular exams are important.
- Vaccinations – While vaccinations can protect our pets from life threatening diseases, they also come with the risk of reactions. We will discuss your pet’s risk factors and vaccinate your pet based on his need and risk of reaction. Some vaccines have been shown to provide protection for 3 years, which can allow us to keep your pet(s) protected longer with fewer injections.
- Preventative Blood work – Cats and dogs are often good at hiding discomfort and signs of disease and because of this, we recommend blood work each and every year to allow early detection of underlying medical problems before your pet shows us signs. Kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, hormone abnormalities, infection, inflammation, etc. are just a few problems that we might find on routine blood work.
- Dental Care – We know how important dental care is for our health and our pets are the same. Hard food and chewing can help reduce tartar build-up, but will not completely prevent dental disease. More than 85% of cats and dogs have visible signs of dental disease after 3 years of age. Let’s discuss dental care (both at home and professional cleanings) at your next visit!
- Parasite Prevention - Heartworms and fleas are widely accepted concerns for dogs. Did you know that cats can also get heartworms? Did you know that some intestinal parasites from our pets, can be transmitted to humans and cause disease? Parasite control is so important, in 2009 we dedicated the year to discussing parasites. Preventatives given monthly can help decrease the number of parasites affecting your pet(s) and decrease the possibility of causing disease in us.
- Diet – Proper nutrition is necessary for growth, to provide energy for play and exercise, and to maintain good health. Many diseases and disorders, such as urinary tract issues, allergies, and joint disease require special diets for management. Most diets are nutritionally balanced, but not all are and a few may actually be more harmful than helpful. We carry a variety of prescription and non-prescription diets in our clinics, including Hill’s Science Diet and Prescription Diet foods. We are also able to special order prescription diets from other companies. Our veterinarians would be happy to evaluate your pet and make recommendations for a balanced diet that will meet your pet’s specific needs
- Grooming and Bathing – Regular bathing and grooming can be beneficial in keeping infections at bay, control digging and scratching, and help identify parasite infestations, such as fleas and ticks. Each year we see variation in shedding, allergies, flea infestations, ticks, skin infections, and others based on how the seasons change. We will keep you abreast of these issues and how it can affect your pet(s).
Do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions or concerns you have!