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25th April 2017

Why is Preventative Healthcare So Important for our Pets?

Every year, we welcome thousands of pets through our doors at Peel Vet Clinic. Whilst we are always pleased to see our clients and their animals, there is one thing all our team agree on, we would prefer to see our patients fit and well. Preventative Healthcare is all about keeping our pets healthy and taking sensible steps to control preventable illnesses, after all, prevention is better than cure!

For example, we have recently been dealing with an outbreak of Kennel Cough (KC). Whilst there is no way to completely prevent this disease, vaccinating your dog against KC is important not only to reduce the symptoms/severity (sometimes completely) but also to improve immunity against this disease in the community of local dogs. As we have previously mentioned in this newsletter, KC doesn’t just come from kennels, but from anywhere that dogs come together, such as the beach or pasture.

Indeed, vaccination against many diseases is important in preventing illness, some of which can be life-threatening. As summer approaches, the threat of Myxomatosis increases, so vaccinating your rabbit against this deadly disease is of the utmost importance.

It is not just vaccinations that fall into this category, but also anti-parasite treatments. In the UK, worming and flea treating pets is important; we frequently treat cases of flea allergic dermatitis in cats, for example. With such a huge range of products available, advice about which treatments are most suitable is certainly useful. Our nurses run free “weigh and worm” clinics to assist with this. (If you are intending to take your pet on holiday, we would recommend an appointment with our vets to discuss the different needs for parasite prevention when travelling abroad).

In addition, our nurses hold free weight clinics and can advise you on feeding regimes. We can also advise you on other preventative healthcare techniques, such as dental care, ear cleaning and nail trimming.

As a Practice, to further support our clients and assist in meeting their animal’s preventative healthcare needs, we have set up our Pet Health Plans. Joining the plan not only means that the cost of preventative healthcare is spread over the year, but also that we can offer you treatments at a discounted rate, alongside a lot of other benefits such as free nurse check ups, nail clipping, anal gland emptying and urine testing; plus discounted rates on certain procedures such as neutering and routine dentistry.

If you have any questions regarding preventative healthcare, our Pet Health Plans, or would like to book in to see a nurse or vet, please do not hesitate to contact us at the surgeries.