For the budget conscious pet owner, preventative checkups may be a financial burden. It may be easy to assume that skipping checkups or scheduled vaccines will save money in the long run. What many are finding, however, is that these decisions are costing years on the pet’s life as well as money in the owner’s wallet. |
Even when the checkup is performed, taking sound medical advice from the veterinarian is even more important. Like a skilled mechanic looking out for the life of your car, the veterinarian is trained to offer sound counsel regarding those preventative steps to ensure the life of your pet.
For example, as is seen in many Walpole animal hospitals, one of the common practices which are not implemented by owners is dental care for dogs. During preventative checkups, veterinarians and technicians may recommend best practice or preventative treatments for dental care. These useful tips and treatments may prevent a larger issue than just stinky breath and poor gums; the larger issue could be periodontal disease. If left untreated, this disease could affect the teeth, intestinal track, and kidneys and ultimately reduce the lifespan of the dog by many years.
When periodontal disease has begun within the dog, suddenly what used to be affordable preventative care may now require surgery and hundreds of dollars of medical attention in order to save the life of the animal. This and other examples are why it is helpful to be proactive for the health of the animal and the wallet. Having regular scheduled checkups at your local Walpole animal hospital will greatly reduce the chances of long-term health problems.
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