OVVC recommends bringing your pet in twice a year until they are 7 years old, and then four times a year. Because cats and dogs age differently than humans, bringing them in twice a year is like our yearly exam. This allows medical conditions to be caught before they become a serious problem.In addition to the exams, basic well care is also recommended. For both cats and dogs, a fecal test, urinalysis, and blood work is recommended once a year. For cats, a feline leukemia/FIV test, and dogs, a heartworm test is also recommended yearly.
Deworming is especially
important every six months, not only to protect your pets, but your children
and yourself. Internal parasites can be passed from species to
species, which means they can be passed to your pets from other dogs and
cats, rodents, fleas or even from the ground you walk on, and then to you
and your loved ones.
Another way to prevent internal parasites is flea and heartworm control. Products like Vectra and Capstar are great for control of fleas, which carry tapeworms. Revolution and Sentinel combine flea control and heartworm preventative and even deworming for common parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
At OVVC, we understand that taking care of your pet properly can be costly, which is why we have created a Well Budget program. The Well Budget program helps to divide yearly well care into easy monthly payments. Click here for more information.