Keeping Your Pets and Kids Safe With Regular Vet Visits

dog with veterinarian

Keeping your family happy and healthy is probably your biggest priority and for the majority of pet owners, their animals are just as much a part of their family as their children are. Whether it is fresh country walks, playing games in the garden or simply curled up indoors with our furry, feathered or scaly family members, we spend a lot of time in close contact with them.

However, unlike humans, our pets don’t have the ability to tell us when something isn’t quite right with them. Instead they rely on us being observant and picking up clues from their behavior, and that’s if they show any symptoms at all. Many conditions and illnesses often don’t present signs and symptoms until they become more advanced.

Regular visits to your veterinarian can help to spot any medical or dental problems early and prevent them from becoming bigger, more expensive and more painful and debilitating for your animal. Some common conditions can even affect the humans in your household if left untreated. Let’s find out more.

The importance of vaccinations

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion over the importance, effectiveness and side effects of vaccinations. The result is that many pet owners have been scared into not-vaccinating, meaning that there are a lot of pets out there that are at risk of developing diseases that are not only serious, but can also be deadly. Veterinarians have spent many years studying animal medicine and most still firmly believe that vaccinations are the single most important step that you can take to protect the health of your pet and those in your neighborhood.

A healthy mouth = A healthy body

It may surprise you to know that your pet’s dental health is just as important to their overall wellbeing as your dental health is to yours. This is primarily because left untreated, dental problems such as infections and gum disease can cause an accumulation of bacteria in their mouth. These bacteria thrive in the damn, moist environment of the mouth and enter the bloodstream where they are transported around the body and to the major organs; where they can do substantial damage. Most dentists will offer a dental examination as part of your pet’s regularly scheduled check-up, but if you suspect dental problems in the meantime, you should seek professional advice immediately.

Protecting your human family

As we stated in our introduction, some medical conditions experience by pets can actually impact on the humans in your family too. One of the most prevalent examples of this is the passing of intestinal worms from animal to human. There are multiple types of worm that can cross over from pet to person, including roundworm, hookworm and ringworm, and contamination usually happens via your animal’s infected feces, traces of which can be found in soil and sandboxes around your property. Young children are particularly at risk as they are more likely to handle the dirt/sand, and tend to have less robust hand hygiene. If a human becomes infected, the eggs will hatch in their intestine and the larvae from the eggs will be released into the bloodstream. This means that they will be dispersed throughout the body, including into their liver, lungs, heart, brain and eyes.

Untreated flea infestations can also cause problems for people as bites often result in swelling, itchiness and in some cases; infection. It is important to provide adequate worm and flea treatments for your pets regularly to keep both them and your human family safe. Dr. Buchanon at Flamingo Pet Clinic will be able to advise you of the right treatment for your pet, and develop a schedule of application with you so that you never need to leave them or your family unprotected.