Cummings Veterinary Hospital

5111 Church Road
Easton, PA 18045

(610)923-0393

www.cummingsvet.com

Preventive Health Care Ensures Your Pet’s Wellness

Routine pet wellness exams are a vital aspect to keeping your pet healthy. Cummings Veterinary Hospital emphasizes preventive health. Catching any disease in its early stages before it has progressed often means less invasive treatment and speeds recovery.

At Cummings Veterinary Hospital, we value client education and wish to provide you with the tools to keep your pet healthy. Information shared at wellness exams contributes greatly to your pet’s health and your mutual enjoyment.

Preventive Health Care Exams

Pets should be seen at least once a year for routine wellness exams. At these appointments, we will ask a number of questions and provide a thorough exam. An individual plan for wellness will be discussed, after we learn about your pet’s habits and lifestyle.

Routine wellness exams offer plenty of time and opportunity to talk about general preventive health. Seeing your pet well allows us to focus on general wellness topics such as nutrition, parasite control, weight, behavior, and other veterinary health care matters.

What to Expect at Your Pet’s Wellness Exam for Preventive Health Care

  • A thorough physical exam (eyes, teeth, lungs, abdomen, heart, weight, joints, muscles, lumps/bumps, etc.)
  • Behavioral questions (water consumption, diet, energy, elimination, litter box, etc.), which often reveal developing veterinary issues
  • Vaccine updates (we also offer blood titer tests, a simple test that measures a pet’s individual antibodies against infectious diseases)
  • Other tests as indicated (such as heartworm tests, blood profile tests, ova and parasite, etc.)

Learn more about what to expect during your pet’s exam from PetMD.

Be sure to mention any observations or changes in your pet’s habits or behavior. No one knows your pet like you do, and your observations may serve to inform our assessment. Your input also may help to detect a developing condition, treatable with the least invasive or less costly procedures.

Year-Round Parasite Prevention Is Vital to Your Pet and Your Family’s Health

Flea, tick, worm, and other parasite prevention are important not only to your pet’s health and comfort, but also your family’s health as well. Parasites from pets can transmit diseases to humans, particularly children, since they may eat grass or dirt, allow pets to kiss them, and are unlikely to practice proper hand washing. Some parasitic canine diseases have more serious effects in humans than they do for dogs, as humans are an abnormal host for them. WebMD Pets provides information on diseases you can get from your pet, many of which are avoidable by preventive measures. Also keep in mind that given the prevalence of deer and other wildlife in our area, tick prevention is a year-round pursuit.

Buy Safe, Authentic Pet Medications

When you buy tick, flea, and parasite control medications, be sure you are purchasing authentic FDA/EPA-approved pet medications. Purchase medications from veterinarians who ensure these pet medications are stored properly—at the right temperatures and under the right conditions—so effectiveness is guaranteed. We recommend the following medications:

  • Frontline—Offers flea and tick prevention
  • Vectra—Protects your pet from flea, tick, mosquito, and other parasite bites.
  • Interceptor—Guards your pets against heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
  • Heartguard—Helps prevent canine heartworm disease and treats and controls roundworms and hookworms, too.
  • Revolution—Developed for both heartworm and flea and other harmful parasite prevention.

In addition to using pet medications, we also recommend good preventive measures to avoid exposing pets to ticks and fleas. Avoid tick-infested areas, inspect your pet daily for ticks and evidence of fleas, and launder bedding frequently. Remove any ticks you find immediately.

Diet, Weight, and Safety

We recommend you provide your pet with fresh water and a standard high-quality diet, or a veterinary formula, if prescribed. Measure the food you provide and serve it at set times to avoid obesity.

Be sure to keep poisonous and hazardous items away from your pets. Pet proof your home. Two common poisons that do not immediately come to mind are chewing gum and medications. It is not uncommon for a dog to grab a pill bottle off a counter and eat it. Many everyday medications even in small doses are lethal to pets. Sugar-free chewing gum containing xylitol is also highly toxic. What is the most poisonous houseplant for pets? It’s lilies, not poinsettias as many believe.