What is preventive care?
Preventive care, also known as wellness, is essential to helping your pet live a long, healthy, and happy life. When most people think of preventive care for their pet, they think of vaccines. While vaccinations are very important, there are actually four cornerstones of preventive care which are equally essential. Our Whole Health Plans incorporate all four of these cornerstones:
- Exams – At Frontier, an exam is not just a complete physical examination and health assessment, but an opportunity for your veterinarian to know and appreciate your pet as an individual. No two pets have the exact same lifestyle. Our veterinarians take the time to understand your pet and use this knowledge as the basis for medical recommendations.
- Lab Tests – Diagnostics like blood and urine tests help to determine if all body systems are functioning as they should. They also screen for genetic and breed-specific health issues and check for chronic conditions like kidney and liver disease. Early detection and treatment of chronic disease is critical to helping your pet live a long, healthy life with your family. Early management of chronic or age-related conditions is less costly and risky than emergency treatment once the disease progresses.
- Parasite Screening – Internal parasites can make your pet seriously ill, but fortunately they are also easy to prevent. Twice-a-year intestinal screens are recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) and our veterinarians. Preventive routine deworming against parasites such as roundworm, which can infect humans and cause serious illness, is important to the health of your entire family.
Vaccines – Vaccinations are an easy way to protect your dog from life-threatening illnesses like distemper, while vaccines like rabies protect your whole family because rabies is fatal to both people and pets in your household.