What is Preventative Health Care?

The goal of preventative health care is to maintain a long, happy and healthy life for your pet.  Rather than waiting for an illness to develop, our focus is to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.  It is achieved through a combination of preventative medicine, nutrition and early disease detection outlined below.

Developing a Relationship with You and Your Pet

We want to hear what you have to say.  At Mountain Animal Hospital we understand that you know your pet the best.  Our patients can’t speak to us so we value your input and rely on you to determine an accurate patient history.  Please don’t hesitate to mention any concerns, the more information we have, the better we can assess and care for your pet.

Preventative Health Check-Ups

During these once to twice yearly check-ups your veterinarian will examine your pet from head to tail.  We will then take time to discuss with you any health concerns that you or the veterinarian may have as well as preventative measures that can be taken at that time.  Depending on the age and lifestyle of your pet your veterinarian may discuss with you certain immunizations, deworming or early disease detection testing during these examinations.

 

Lifestyle based Immunization

Immunizing is one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent disease.  You and your veterinarian will develop an immunization schedule unique to your pet.  The immunizations required will depend on your pet’s lifestyle and may change as your pet ages.

Preventative Nutrition

Did you know that feeding certain foods to your pet can actually decrease the likelihood of them developing disease like joint disease and urinary tract disease?  Furthermore, if your pet does develop a disease there are now many diets that can reduce or completely eliminate the need to medicate your pet.  Your veterinarian will make a food recommendation for your pet based on their risk of certain disease, their age, species and breed.  We want to do everything possible to keep your pet healthy and nutrition is a great place to start.

 

Follow-up Care

Our care for your pet doesn’t end when you leave our office.  If there were any concerns during the preventative health check one of our team members will call you in a day or two.  We use this time to ensure your pet is feeling well, to address any concerns which may have come up since your visit, and to ensure any prescribed treatments are going well.

Early Disease Detection Testing

These are blood tests that will give us more information about what is going on within your pet.  Often illness can be detected in these blood tests before we see physical signs of disease in your pet.  This allows us to treat the disease early, resulting in your pet being happier and healthier for longer.  Exactly what blood tests and how often they are performed will be determined by the age and breed of your pet.  Your veterinarian will work with you to determine the best early disease detection plan for your pet.

 

Happy Pet Surgeries

At Mountain Animal Hospital we don’t want your pet to be in pain.  We pride ourselves on our multimodal pain management plans which result in our surgical patients being comfortable and happy.  Multimodal pain management means that we use numerous different medications to manage pain that act on different parts of the pain pathway.  Using this variety of medications benefits your pet by allowing us to use a lower dose of each individual medication therefore decreasing any potential side effects.  We use pain managment protocols recommended and shown to be effective and safe by years of research conducted by veterinary pain management specialists.  We also understand the concern many owner’s have about anesthetizing thier pet for surgery because we have the same concerns for our own pets.  This is why we invest in state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and perform preoperative bloodwork similar to if you were having surgery.

Dental Cleaning and Preventative Oral X-Rays

Dental cleaning is a vital part of maintaining a healthy pet.  Just as we have routine dental cleanings performed at our dentist, so should our pets.  Having a clean mouth will reduce the amount of harmful bacteria entering your pet’s body.  Maintaining a healthy mouth will also keep your pet free from dental pain, which is very difficult to assess in animals.  The preventative oral x-rays performed here give us the added benefit to assess the health of the tooth roots as well as the bone surrounding the teeth.

 

Specialist Consults and Referrals

Board certified veterinary specialists, like in human medicine, such as cardilogists and dermatologists, are the experts in their fields, just as they are in human medicine.  The veterinarians at Mountain Animal Hospital are able to consult with these specialists directly if concerns arise with your pet.  Additionally, there may be times when your veterinarian will refer you to see a specialist if your pet would benefit from their care.

A Love of Learning

Veterinary Medicine is constantly changing to improve the way we care for pets.  At Mountain Animal Hospital we want to make sure we are offering your pet the very best care.  We achieve this by continually attending continuing education lectures and conferences pertaining to new and improved ways to keep your pets healthy and happy.