Preventive Care

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Pet Care Terms
Preventive Care

What is Preventive Care?

Preventive care refers to things you can do for your pet that will prevent more serious issues down the road - things like brushing your dog’s teeth, keeping your cat hydrated with wet food, routine veterinary visits, and annual vaccinations.

While not all diseases and illnesses can be prevented, regular veterinary care can help to catch disease and illness early on so that your pet can be treated sooner rather than later. Preventive medicine practice refers to veterinary advice about healthy lifestyle choices for your pet, such as the best diet, their ideal weight, appropriate exercises, and more.

How Preventive Medicine Works

Preventive medicine for pets is often in the form of regular, routine veterinary visits. Your veterinarian can perform physical exams on them, check their weight, and screen them for common health problems specific to their breed.

Wellness plans, which can be purchased separately or as an add-on to pet insurance, can reimburse you for routine or preventive care. Wellness plans are especially helpful for new puppy/kitten parents.

Key Takeaways

  • Preventive care can help you avoid serious (and costly) health problems.
  • Regular veterinary visits are a great preventive measure that can help your veterinarian catch issues early on and provide you with personalized advice.
  • Wellness plans (or add-ons) are available to cover the cost of regular, routine veterinary expenses, such as preventive vet visits, vaccinations, and more.

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