Preventive medicine is taking steps to prevent illness. By following a complete program, you help your dog maintain good health throughout its life. The most important aspects of a preventive medicine program are a well – balanced diet and regular veterinary examinations.
Going To Your Veterinarian
Regular trips to your veterinarian are crucial to the maintenance of your dog’s health. Your doctor can design a program geared specifically for your dog. Periodic examinations will allow the veterinarian to monitor your dog’s progress and adjust the program as needed. In addition, the veterinarian will know of special issues that apply to your geographic location (such as the length of flea and tick season, the prevalence of certain diseases and the local ordinances that pertain to pets).
You should visit your veterinarian for a number of reasons:
• It is easier to prevent a disease than to treat it. Your dog is better off if steps are taken to prevent an illness rather than if steps are needed to treat one. Some diseases cannot be treated (rabies being the most notorious).
• It is less expensive to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccinations may seem expensive, but they are much cheaper than a cure for an illness. The money spent on
preventive medicine is like buying insurance against disease; it is the best insurance policy available for your pet.
• Your dog may not be the only one who gets sick. Some of the diseases that threaten your dog can be transmitted to humans. Taking steps to keep your dog disease-free is important to the overall health of the entire family.
Your first trip to your veterinarian should be soon after obtaining your dog or puppy. This is the best time to begin a complete health program. After the first series of visits, your dog should be examined by your veterinarian at least once each year. In addition, you should have a test for worms performed every 6 months to 1 year, depending on your area.
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