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PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE ENSURES YOUR PET'S WELLNESS
Cummings Veterinary Hospital emphasizes preventive health. Catching any disease in its early stages often means less invasive treatment and speeds recovery.
At Cummings Veterinary Hospital, we want to provide you with the tools to keep your pet healthy. Information shared at exams contributes 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. That's why our appointments are 30 minutes long! Seeing your pet well allows us to focus on topics such as nutrition, parasite control, weight, behavior, and other health care matters. Be sure to mention any observations or changes in your pet’s habits or behavior.
What to Expect at Your Pet’s Wellness Exam for Preventive Health Care
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! We provide information on diseases you can get from your pet, many of which are avoidable. Keep in mind that given the deer and other wildlife in beautiful Pennsylvania, tick prevention is a year-round priority.
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. Our hospital offers an in-house pharmacy and home delivered medication through Vets First Choice. We recommend the following 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
Be sure to keep poisonous and hazardous items away from your pets. Pet proof your home. Two common poisons are chewing gum and medications. It is not uncommon for a dog to grab a pill bottle off a counter and eat it. 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.