“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Are you familiar with that expression? Well nowhere is it more evident than in medicine. In this era of social media and instant access, almost all pet owners are barraged with advice on how to avoid visits to the veterinarian to save money. However, early detection of medical conditions actually maximizes the economic value of prevention because it produces better healthcare outcomes at a lower cost than treating disease at an advanced stage. This means, you are spending your pet’s healthcare dollars more wisely by optimizing early disease detection and treatment and the associated improvement in prognosis and quality of life.
People understand the value of preventive medicine when we talk about human medicine and how preventive care reduces the risks for late detection of a serious illness. They accept the idea that annual office visits with their own physician are important in their efforts to take personal responsibility for being proactive in managing their own health. It’s incumbent upon every pet owner to understand that this same value holds true for preventive visits and preventive screening tests for your pet as well. Preventive visits are an opportunity for a thorough history and physical examination of your “healthy” pet, as well as a chance for early disease detection and prevention through regular screenings in every age range.
Pets age approximately five to seven times faster than humans, so developing an awareness of how pets age compared to humans is crucial to your understanding the value of preventive care for your pet. Keeping your pet healthy keeps you and your family healthy too. Keeping up with your pet’s vaccines, deworming, and flea and tick control are essential to good health. What you can’t see can hurt your pet, and can potentially hurt you too if your pet is diagnosed with a zoonotic disease. Preventive pet health care protects you and your family and is important to your pet’s longevity. We believe that offering ways to prevent disease is just as important to the pet owner as developing new treatments.
Medical research has come a long way and animals are living longer than they did many years ago. While adding years to your pet’s life is good, you want that additional life span to be one of quality. Learning and practicing preventive healthcare is the best method to prevent disease from occurring to begin with. When you get sick, you feel awful and there is no avoiding the discomfort. It is no different for your pets. The best time to act on keeping your pet free from harm is when illness is absent. That may sound counter intuitive, but finding and treating disease early is not only the best defense in giving your pet the quality of life she deserves, it also can help avoid costly medical care in the future. In short, prevention really is the best medicine.