The proactive approach to canine veterinary care.
Preventative care is a dog’s first line of defense against disease and illness. Annual exams help by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your dog from unnecessary pain and suffering.
Preventative Health Measures for Dogs Offered at Santa Clarita Animal Hospital
Routine veterinary exams: Santa Clarita Animal 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: Vaccinations and booster shots are highly effective at preventing many common diseases and infections like distemper, rabies and parvo.
Dental care: Oral health is an important part of your pet’s overall well-being. Annual teeth cleanings are the best way to maintain and improve dental health and prevent complications from dental disease.
Parasite control: Parasite prevention and eradication is a simple and efficient process when you administer antiparasitic medication to your pets regularly.
Skin and coat care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Skin and hair health prevents mange, matting, bacterial infections and more.
Proper nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your dog’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal development.
Behavioral evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions. Identifying these shifts helps identify and treat the root cause of the behavioral change.
Exercise: Regular workouts support musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages.
Preventative care becomes even more significant for aging dogs. Santa Clarita Animal Hospital recommends twice-yearly exams for elderly dogs because as they get older, they become prone to many age-related diseases that are increasingly difficult diagnose and treat. Many preventative health measures must be adjusted to better suit senior dogs’ medical needs.