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Pet Wellness

Our pets are a much loved part of the family. They provide us with unconditional love, entertainment, and even a little bit of frustration now and then – but that’s part of their charm. Making sure our non-human family lives long and happy lives is the most important part of being a good pet parent. The American Veterinary Medical Association says that even healthy dogs and cats should visit the vet for a pet check-up at least once a year. Staying current on your pet’s health needs can help them lead long and problem-free lives in the family, and taking your little friend to the vet can do just that.

When you start feeling sick or having unexplained pains in part of your body, you can go to the doctor and explain the problems. Our beloved pets can’t tell us when something seems ‘off’ in their bodies, so it’s up to us as responsible pet parents to monitor their health and catch early signs of any illnesses or injuries. This is especially true for older pets or breeds that may be prone to certain diseases. By scheduling your pet for a complete annual check-up, which includes blood work, you can be sure your best friend is in top health. During a check-up, your vet will check a number of areas to be sure your pet is healthy. This may include the following:

  • Ordering blood tests. Routine checks can monitor blood cell levels, check for diseases such as Feline Leukemia and Feline Immune Deficiency in cats and heartworm disease in dogs. Early discovery of blood-based illnesses can mean the difference in a successful treatment plan and a shortened lifespan.
  • Weight. Overweight pets are at just as much of a health risk than malnourished pets. Keeping your little friend at an ideal body weight is important for him to lead a long and active life.
  • Eyes and gums. Your vet may check the brightness of the eyes, as well as to look for any cataracts or injuries. By checking the color of the gums and dental health, your vet can make an early diagnosis on possible anemia or diseases.
  • Intestinal parasite prevention and maintenance for our companion animal friends. As our companion animal friends spend time grooming themselves, they are more exposed to the possibility of ingesting parasites in their daily activities. Regular external parasite checkups keep our pets happy and healthy.

Don’t wait for an emergency to take your pet to the vet. By building a file of normal check-ups with your vet, in the event an emergency does arise your vet will have an existing knowledge of your pet and any problems it may have had previously. If you’re in the Jacksonville FL area and would like to schedule a check-up for your pet, contact the Argyle Animal Clinic today.

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