According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association):
The old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly holds true when it comes to pet health. The cost of prevention is often a fraction of the cost of treating a disease or problem once it has become more advanced, and early diagnosis and treatment of developing problems or diseases can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.
Preventive healthcare involves a multi-faceted approach that includes veterinary evaluation of your pet's overall health and risks of disease or other health problems. Based on the findings, your veterinarian will provide you with recommendations for your pet's nutrition, dental care, vaccinations and heartworm/flea/tick prevention, as well as recommendations specifically tailored to your pet's health status and risk factors.
Preventative Care is a loaded subject and we could talk about it all day long. For those of you who want the Spark Notes version, aka long-story-short: preventative care at St. Boni Pet Hospital is the process of doing a complete physical exam in addition to an internal exam via blood, stool and urine to give us a complete picture of your pets' current state of health. Then, based on those findings you will be given recommendations by your veterinarian. We will no longer use the term "annual" exam (because for so many it's biannual), but we will start using "preventative care" when talking about your well-pet visits.
At SBPH, our doctors have made the collective decision to start making preventative care lab work a priority for all of our patients at their "annual" exam regardless of age. Because we know lab work can be costly, we have partnered with the lab that provides us our laboratory services to "bundle" various tests to make them more cost effective for you.
In addition to these changes in recommendations, a "heartworm test" will now be required in order to purchase your parasite preventives for the safety of your pet. Over time, these tests have become far more accurate and comprehensive for early detection of disease and the preventatives that you give work much more effectively to kill those disease we are looking for. Now, you can expect that you're never getting just a heartworm test, but also a screening for three tick-borne diseases including Lyme disease (which studies have proven that with exposure, with or without clinical signs, to lead to kidney disease as pets age).
What is the cost for preventative care?
Check out this link to our web page with some basic pricing information. Please keep in mind that the pricing may vary based on your pet's specific needs and it does not include pricing of any medications, vaccines, treatments or other recommendations that may be given to you by your veterinarian. These prices DO include a complete internal and external exam, gives us baselines and trends to work with as your pet grows and matures, and tells us if your pet has picked up any parasitic or tick-borne diseases over the past year.
What else do I need to know?
Preventative care is first and foremost the best way to advocate for your pets best health. Cats and dogs are FANTASTIC at hiding their illnesses and injuries until those injuries are causing a lot of pain and/or their illness has progressed where you are beginning to see outward signs (such as increased drinking or urination, decreased appetite, weight loss, etc.). These are typically common of more mature or senior pets, however it has been proven that through routine screening of baseline lab work we can see trends to detect things in younger pets such as kidney or liver disease sooner and start taking action to slow down the disease processes and overall increase the lifespan of your pet.
Please, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give our office a call at 952-446-9113 with any questions you may have or to get your pet's Preventative Care appointment on the schedule!
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