Pet Wellness: You Get What You Give
Historically, pets visited the veterinarian only when they were sick. More and more, however, the focus of veterinary medicine has shifted from treatment of diseases to prevention.
We now know that many diseases and problems are preventable or best treated early on in their course. With ever improving changes and advances in veterinary medicine, this is becoming easier and easier to accomplish. It doesn’t take any fancy tests or diagnostic equipment, however, to provide good wellness care for your pets. It all starts with the exam.
Your Pet’s Physical Examination
If you have ever called to tell us that your pet is having a problem, you probably realize that more often than not, we need to examine your pet. This is for a good reason. We can gain so much information by seeing your pet in person and doing a thorough physical examination.
During a visit your pet will receive a thorough “nose-to-tail” exam. We will be looking at:
- The eyes
- Your pet’s teeth and oral cavity
- The ears and skin
- Your pet’s musculoskeletal system
- The cardiovascular and respiratory system
- Your pet’s lymph nodes
- The neurological status of your pet
Your pet’s physical condition can change dramatically in even a short amount of time. With one year in your pet’s life being roughly equivalent to seven in a human’s life, frequent physical exams are important. We recommend having your pet thoroughly examined at least twice yearly.
Preventative Care for Pets
Thankfully with advances in modern veterinary medicine, we have more options than ever before to help keep healthy pets healthy. Depending on your pet’s risk factors and individual needs, we will likely recommend:
- Routine “core” vaccinations (this is a great time to have a physical examination performed on your pet)
- Need-based vaccinations
- Parasite prevention for things like heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks
Every pet is different, as is his or her individual situation. We are happy to take time at your pet’s visit or over the phone to help decide what types of preventative care are needed.
Screening Tests for Pets
Some wellness-type care requires testing beyond a physical examination. Depending on your pet’s age, species, lifestyle, and risk factors, we may also recommend additional screening tests. Screening tests are those tests that are designed to catch problems that are asymptomatic (not showing symptoms). These tests allow us to diagnose and treat issues before they become serious. Examples of screening tests we may recommend include:
- Fecal floatation for intestinal parasites
- Blood testing for heartworms
- Blood testing for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia
- Blood testing for tick-borne diseases
- Urine screening
- Blood work to monitor vital organ function and cell counts
Taking good care of your pet is more than just bringing him or her in when a problem arises. Pet parents taking a proactive role in the health of their animals is helping our pet population live longer and happier lives than ever before. We are proud to be part of this trend, and look forward to helping your pet be as healthy as possible.
If you would like more information about wellness care for your pet or would like to learn more about our complete pet wellness care packages, please let us know.
“Dr. Yetter’s professional & compassionate care enabled us to have Lady as a member of our family for over 17 years. Through his knowledge, extensive research, and willingness to reach out, he provided Lady with a long quality life in spite of numerous health issues. We are eternally grateful.”
— Diane & Terry Svob
“Dr. Yetter and the staff at Prairie Ridge have given excellent care to my family of pets for about 20 years. I always feel comfortable asking questions and knowing I will get complete, caring answers. Dr. Yetter researches to find the best treatment options. My cats and dog are family to me, and we trust Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic.”
“We are so grateful for the hard work and extra research Dr. Yetter did for our Tansy-cat to find out why she wasn’t eating. If there is a time when your most precious friend is ill and you need to trust someone to care for them, Dr. Yetter is definitely that person! He went above and beyond to do everything he could to save our beautiful Tansy.”
— Tom & Bev Berberett
“My pets have been patients of Dr. Yetter and his great staff for many years, and I have always been grateful for their efficiency and helpfulness. Having good care right here in Havana is a big plus!”
— Jan McFarlin
“I began to bring in my labs into PRVC when I started working there, and was happy to have such a caring and knowledgeable doctor to take care of two of my best friends. It always amazes me just how much care goes into each and every animal, let alone the perseverance of Dr. Yetter and staff (I should call them family) in working out how to treat each and every problem.”
— Chris Johnson