Keep Your Pet Healthy Throughout 2018 With Preventive Care

Happy 2018! This year, make a resolution to prevent pet health problems before they begin. Below, your Somerville, MA veterinarian tells you about the best preventive care methods for your dog or cat’s health and happiness.

Pest Control

Fleas, ticks, heartworm, roundworm… there are plenty of pests out there waiting to latch on to your pet, especially in the warmer months of the year. Avoid the issue initially by having your pet wear the proper preventive medications. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet needs set up with preventives to avoid pesky infestations.


Vaccinations are essential for all cats and dogs to remain healthy throughout their lifetime. Avoid dangerous and contagious diseases like parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, rabies, hepatitis, Lyme disease, and more—get your pet vaccinated early on in life so that you don’t have to deal with these problems later. Ask your vet about the exact vaccines that your pet requires.

Healthy Diet and Exercise

One of the simplest ways to keep your pet healthy throughout this year and beyond is to feed them a high-quality diet. Talk to your vet to get a recommendation on a premium pet food for your animal companion, and be sure to ask about proper portion sizes. It’s also important that your pet exercises on a regular basis; go for walks through the neighborhood or have your pet play with a favorite toy. This helps your pet burn excess calories and remain at a healthy weight.

Dental Care

Did you know that dental disease is very common amongst pets? That’s because it’s easy to overlook proper dental care when it comes to our pets’ health. Brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis, and schedule dental cleanings at the vet’s office to make sure your companion’s teeth and gums stay healthy.

Spay or Neuter

Don’t forget about spaying or neutering—it’s about more than preventing unplanned litters and helping to control the homeless pet population. Spayed or neutered pets aren’t at risk for genital cancers, and prostate and breast cancers are far less likely to occur. Even common problems like UTIs are diagnosed far less in pets who have had the procedure performed! All in all, it’s one of the easiest ways to prevent health concerns ahead of time.

Does your pet need vaccinations or pest control? We’re always here to help. Make an appointment with your Somerville, MA veterinary clinic today!

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