What is "wellness" or preventive medicine?
Wellness medicine is simply an active approach to making sure your dog or cat is healthy and all of its body functions are normal. You may not realize this, but just by vaccinating your pet, you are already engaging in part of our wellness program. Yearly vaccines allows your veterinarian to not only protect against the more common infectious diseases, but also allows him or her to thoroughly examine your pet, checking for any skin, ear, eye, oral, joint, nerve, lung, or heart problems.
What many people do not know is that yearly blood work is just as important as yearly vaccinations and exams. The blood work is a continuation of the doctor's exam that shows us how the internal organ systems are functioning, giving the doctor vital information that is impossible to discover on an external exam. Although wellness medicine has been around as long as veterinary medicine has been, advances in technology and knowledge allow us to be more and more active in the fight against pet disease.
Why is wellness medicine important?
Disease in dogs and cats is much more difficult to catch than it is in people, and many times is much faster to have adverse effects. Not only are dogs and cats unable to communicate with us verbally to describe how they are feeling, their survival instincts actually encourage them to hide their symptoms, making it more difficult to catch disease in its early stages. Here are a few examples of the importance of catching diseases in their early stages:
If detected early, 75% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be prevented by dietary modifications alone over a one-year period.
- Kidney disease is one of the major causes of illness and death in dogs and cats, but symptoms do not usually appear until 2/3 kidney function has been lost. If caught early, the animal can live with this condition many years.
- If detected early, 75% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be prevented by dietary modifications alone over a one-year period.
- If a liver problem is detected at early stage of disease and is administered proper treatment, the chance of your pet's recovery is in your favor.