Canine and Feline Preventative Healthcare Guidelines Recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
We want you to understand the ideals of preventative health care and early intervention and to understand the value it holds. We can improve the quality of life for your pet and detect any signs of disease before it starts or worsens. Preventative care improves the quality of care of pets and helps foster long and rewarding relationships with their owners. Regular clinic visits include heartworm testing, dental care, feeding therapeutic diets, senior pet health screenings and vaccination.
It has been shown that the benefits of regular examinations will help with early diagnosis and treatment of disease and can dramatically slow progression of conditions such as kidney disease, arthritis, and dental disease. They can also help detect some common preventable diseases that can be recognized early which include diabetes mellitus, parasitism, ear infections, etc.
Regular clinic visits are more important for ensuring lifetime pet wellness than occasional visits solely for vaccination or treatment of an acute disease. All dogs and cats should have a veterinary examination at least once a year but are recommended every 6 months as pets age much faster than humans.
An annual exam includes a comprehensive physical exam, dental assessment, pain assessment, and weight assessment. It will also include annual heartworm testing, internal parasite testing, and early disease screening tests. Additional diagnostic testing may be recommended if needed. All pets should receive preventatives monthly for heartworm, intestinal parasites, and flea/tick control.
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