A proactive approach to canine veterinary care.
Preventative care keeps your dogs healthy and keeps illness away before it has the chance to strike. Annual exams allow us to prevent, diagnose and treat disease in its early stages, often before you even notice symptoms. Treatments are more effective when they begin early, so regular exams and other methods of preventative care keep your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.
Preventative Health Measures Recommended by Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital
Annual veterinary exams: Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital’s comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat health, ear health and hearing acuity, lung and chest health, internal health, oral hygiene, eye health and visual responsiveness.
Vaccinations: Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper, rabies and parvo. We also use titers to check pets’ immunity and avoid over-vaccination.
Dental care: Annual or bi-annual teeth cleanings and thorough at-home dental care are the best ways to keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Dental disease can spread through pets’ bodies, so it’s important to prevent this by keeping teeth clean.
Parasite control: Anti-parasitic medications make it easy to eradicate parasites and prevent them from bothering your pet in the first place.
Skin and coat care: Regular grooming and bathing keeps your pet clean and comfortable. Improper skin and coat hygiene can lead to mange, matting and bacterial infections, which decrease your pet’s quality of life.
Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your dog’s bodily processes. It also bolsters the immune system and ensures normal growth and development.
Behavioral evaluations: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions. Identifying these behavioral shifts helps us identify and treat their root causes.
Preventative Care for Senior Dogs
Preventative care is even more important for older dogs. Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital recommends twice-yearly exams for elderly animals. As pets get older, they are prone to age-related diseases that are increasingly difficult to diagnose and treat, so more frequent exams allow us to identify potential health issues early before they become huge issues.