Veterinarian Says Preventative Health Care Important to Our Pets' Health

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Dr. John Robb of Protect the Pets shares important preventative care measures that can improve your pet's health.

Face it. Being proactive about our health is not just a choice, but a critical part of a healthy, happy life. And that goes for our pets too.

“Being proactive about your pet’s health will allow you to catch a disease process early and allow for a longer, better quality of life for your pet,” says Dr. John Robb, Veterinarian and Founder of Protect the Pets™ – a national network of veterinarian professionals and pet owners committed to making a positive change in animal care, promoting high quality care that values pets over profits.

Here is a look at important preventative care measures you should take to improve the health of your pet:

KNOW YOUR BREED

Understanding breed specific problems can give you the lead in taking preventative care of your pet. This means regular visits to the veterinarian for laboratory testing and diagnostic procedures that address a breed’s unique concerns. For example, pugs are more prone to dry eyes because of their anatomy. With regular testing for tear production, a pet owner can detect a decrease early on, and apply artificial tears to protect the cornea before there is damage.

HEALTHY BITES

“Regular dental care is very important,” urges Dr. Robb. “Up keeping your pets’ dental health prevents periodontal disease which can affect the whole animal and avoid unnecessary gum pain.” Dr. Robb says brushing is best and should be done regularly if your pet allows. Other primary choices are gels that can be applied by fingers or supplied applicators. If your pet does not cooperate, you can add supplements to your pet’s drinking water that will help kill bacteria in the mouth. These dental care products can be obtained through your veterinarian or online pet product retailers.

TESTING, TESTING:

Be sure to have baseline tests done on your pet for future diagnostic purposes. This allows your veterinarian to understand your pets’ unique health profile and better track trends and identify health problems, even if they appear healthy. These tests should be done in the early years of a pet’s life, and/or in the first visits with your veterinarian.

If your veterinarian does not conduct these test, be proactive and request them. “If your veterinarian is not practicing this measure, you may want to re-evaluate if they are providing the best care for your pet,” says Dr. Robb.

WEIGHTY ISSUES

“A fat cat is not a healthy cat, and that goes for dogs too,” says Dr. Robb. Obesity in animals can have major health consequences, so don’t be complacent about your pet’s weight,” he says. Dr. Robb has seen dogs rupture a ligament as a result of their being overweight, and cats suffer from liver failure. “The health concerns around obesity and the importance of a good diet are not stressed enough,” says Dr. Robb. Be sure to be proactive and work with your veterinarian to get your pet to a healthy weight.

THE GOLDEN CHILD

If you’re pet is a senior, preventative care is even more critical to the good health, comfort and happiness of your pet. Increase the number of visits to your veterinarian from one year to every six months to detect any problems early on. In addition to maintaining regular physical activity and a healthy diet, Dr. Robb says not to overlook the psychological needs of a senior pet. “As our pets get older they start to lose their sight and hearing, and with it, their sense of their environment,” he says. Be sure to give your senior pet more attention and engagement with people and other pets to help deter some of the psychological problems that can develop with age.

“Animals rely on us for their health and safety,” says Dr. Robb. “Be certain that your veterinarian is not just being reactive, but emphasizes pro-active care, prevention and wellness as part of his care.”

For more information about wellness measures you should expect from your veterinarian, visit http://www.protectthepets.com.

ABOUT PROTECT THE PETS™ AND DR. JOHN ROBB

Protect the Pets™ is a nationwide network of veterinarian medicine practitioners, pet owners and animal lovers committed to making a positive change in animal care, promoting high quality care that values pets over profits. Its mission is to educate the public, recruit like-minded animal health practitioners and create a clear choice in the marketplace for people seeking pet-safe, trustworthy care. At http://www.protectthepets.com, pet owners and veterinarian professionals will find an online community that offers information resources – such as practical tips on evaluating a practice, a Pet Talk forum, blog, articles on hot topics in animal care and Protect the Pets™ merchandise.

Dr. John Robb has been practicing veterinarian medicine for over twenty years. Throughout his career, he has held an unwavering commitment to pets over profits. He has experienced first-hand the toxic effect of the drive for productivity and profitability on animal care. His unwillingness to observe the unspoken “rules” among veterinarians that emphasize protecting the vet over protecting the pet, has earned him the love and respect of pet owners. While some in the industry want to silence him, he has become a voice and a leader for the majority of animal care professionals who want to live their passion and provide the very best in care to our animal companions.

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