Animal Care Clinic Tips

Nov 23, 2009 5:27 PM by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP

An Ounce of Prevention

If there is any one medical focus at Animal Care Clinic it is wellness. We spend most of our time trying to prevent disease rather than treating it.

There is so much that can be done to improve quality and length of life for you and your pets. The human-animal bond is a beautiful and powerful thing, and our goal is to do all we can to nurture that bond.

Most people think of exams and vaccines as the core of wellness or prevention, and those things are important. Throughout this month I will be writing about other wellness concepts such as not over-vaccinating, infectious disease screening, parasite control - both internal and external, organ function screening for older pets, blood pressure and glaucoma tests.

Perhaps the most obvious area of wellness that should be discussed is nutrition and weight control. Our entire staff is going through Animal Care Clinic's nutrition training program because we feel everyone you meet at ACC needs to understand this topic. A recent study showed that Labradors fed to an ideal weight lived 2 years longer than those who were overfed! That is equivalent to almost 15 years for a person! Most of the pets we see are overweight.

Please come in and talk to us about how to best feed your dogs and cats and how to manage your pets' weight. We are available M-F 7:30-6, Sat 9-3 and Mondays until 8 p.m.



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