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The Top 5 Preventative Health Measures Your Pet Needs

December 1, 2016

Ask any veterinarian—preventative healthcare is much more effective than treatment! The question is, what sort of preventative measures does your pet need to stay safe and happy? Your San Antonio, TX vet tells you about five key steps below:

Veterinary Visits

Rule number one for good preventative care: see your vet regularly. When your animal companion receives regular examinations, your veterinarian can gauge their overall health and catch any problems early on. This way, treatment can begin immediately with a better prognosis overall. Plus, your vet can advise you on good healthcare moving forward. If your pet needs an appointment, call the office today.


All pets require core vaccinations to protect against common and/or dangerous diseases, such as rabies, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and leukemia. Non-core vaccines, like the Lyme disease or Bordetella virus vaccinations, may also be beneficial for certain animals. Vaccination is your pet’s main line of defense against diseases, and it’s one of the most important preventative steps you can ever take!

Pest Control Products

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, parasitic worms like heartworm and roundworm—the list of potentially hazardous pests goes on and on. The best way to deal with an infestation or infection is to avoid it before it even begins; this means keeping your pet on seasonal or year-round preventative medications to ward off these critters. Pest preventatives come in topical, pill, chewable, and other forms, so ask your veterinary professional what’s right for your animal companion.

Quality Diet

You may not have considered diet as a key preventative healthcare measure. Feeding your pet an age-appropriate, premium food that is formulated for their specific health needs is one of the best things you can ever do for their long-term health and wellness. Be sure to feed your pet in proper portion sizes to avoid obesity—ask your vet for a recommendation on a good food brand, as well as advice on a good portion size.

Regular Exercise

Along with diet, exercising your pet regularly is key to a long, healthy life. Get your pet moving every day with walks and play sessions; this will help them burn calories and keep them mentally stimulated.

Does your pet need vaccinated? Would you like more information on quality pest-control products or a good food for your pet’s nutritional needs? Your San Antonio, TX animal hospital is here to help—call the clinic today to make an appointment.

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