As pet owners in this economy, many of us struggle with how we can keep our pets healthy while trying not to break the bank. In many households, our pets are an important member of our family and keeping a family member safe and healthy should be top priority. Yet often, responsible dog owners fail to take their pets to the veterinarian for regular checkups and care. In fact, over the last several years there has been a dramatic decrease in regular vet visits.
The folks at Partners for Healthy Pets know that it is often easier and less expensive to prevent disease and illness in your dog than to treat it. This group has partnered with leading veterinary associations and animal health companies, to spread the word on the importance of preventative care in pets. I spoke with one of PFHP's expert Veterinarians, Dr. Tracey Hlede of Ridge Animal Clinic in Lansing, IL. Dr. Hlede is the owner of a long-haired Chihuahua named Sadie as well as 2 other dogs named Liza and Ramona. She says that if she had to name the number one piece of advice that she would share with pet owners it would be that annual checkups are extremely important. "Each time I do an exam", she says, "I notice something that the owner has not." Part of this is due to the fact that dogs [and cats] have evolved to hide illness. Veterinarians can find the problems that pets hide from their owners which is one of the many reasons why regular annual examinations or wellness exams can be so essential to your pet’s health.
Preventative care in pets is a hugely important and always timely topic. So over the next several weeks, Examiner.com will partner with Dr. Hlede and Partners of Healthy Pets to provide readers with essential information on topics of preventable health issues with a special emphasis on small breed dogs. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
- Periodontal (teeth) care
- Weight issues and nutrition
- Providing the best care for your dog while on a budget
- The importance of the microchip
- …& other topics that can keep your dog healthy and happy