Preventive care visits
An ounce of prevention
Preventable disease is on the rise since 2006, there have been a 36% increase in canine diabetes and a 16% increase in feline diabetes. Heartworm disease, dental disease and the diseases associated with fleas and ticks are also increasing in prevalence.1
Example: Getting ahead of feline kidney disease
Kidney disease is almost 7 times as common in cats as it is in dogs and is one of the leading causes of death in cats. Most cats diagnosed in the early stages of chronic kidney disease live 2-3 years. Cats diagnosed in later stages tend to live less than 6 months after diagnosis. A full 55% of cat owners don't realize their cat can have kidney disease without appearing ill.1
Routine preventive care visits are the best way to stay on top of good health and to catch underlying illnesses as early as possible.
Conversations about lifestyle, diet and behavior in addition to diagnostic testing are critical to ensure pet owners understand the importance of these visits. Because animals can't say when something is wrong, sick pets don't visit the veterinarian until their illness is well established and the pet is showing outward signs.
Preventive care visits allow you to:
- Establish and monitor individual baseline values for each patient. Performed early in life, preventive care testing provides a baseline for interpretation of data obtained at subsequent visits and can establish trends that are more specific to individual patients.
- Spot slight abnormalities in results and perform further diagnostics, if needed, in a timely manner.
- Ensure vaccines and preventives are up-to-date and provide ancillary services, as needed.
- Provide positive feedback when pet owners are doing a good job of caring for their pets and reinforce the perception that you staff are the experts on the pet's health.